MAT199H1: Aha! Mathematical Discovery and Creative Problem Solving

Hours

36S

This course is an exploration into the creative process and use of imagination as they arise in the context of mathematical problem solving. The problems, which are all at a pre-calculus level, are chosen primarily by the criterion of aesthetic appeal, and emphasize reasoning rather than technique. Still, many of them are quite challenging, and substantial independent thinking will be required, the course is therefore appropriate for students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, including hard sciences. Its goal will be to hone each participant's creativity and mathematical problem-solving skills while guiding them towards the `Aha!' experience which accompanies independent discovery. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite
High school level algebra
Distribution Requirements
Science
Breadth Requirements
The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)
Mode of Delivery
In Class