OSHR 1671 - Art, Science, Life, and Mathematics

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Mathematics is a tool for discovering patterns and analyzing these patterns to make predictions. In this course, we will use mathematical ideas to identify and analyze patterns in numbers and counting, shapes and solids, randomness and chance, physical phenomena, and the arts.

As an example involving numbers, notice that successive square numbers (1, 4, 9, 16, 25...) differ by consecutive odd integers (3, 5, 7, 9...). Will this pattern continue? Why does this happen?
Can we predict the difference between two successive large square numbers? Class sessions will invite exploration, discussion and collaboration.

Recommended Readings: Ellenberg, Jordan, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, ISBN978-0-14-312753-6; Ouellette, Jennifer, The Calculus Diaries, ISBN13: 9780143117377; Paulos, John Allen, A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper, ISBN-978-0-465-08999-4.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.