How have cultural, historical, and scientific factors influenced the development of mathematics? This question is addressed via an interdisciplinary study of selected mathematical ideas from different historical time periods and cultures both Western and non-Western. Includes research, writing, and oral presentation requirements. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall.
An interdisciplinary introduction to the mathematical tools used in Political Science. Topics include positional voting methods, desirable properties of positional voting methods, Arrow's Impossibility Theorem, weighted voting systems, mathematical measurements of power, apportionment methods from mathematical and historical points of view, and the Balinski-Young Impossibility Theorem. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.