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Course Description

Elections and voting are crucial to the proper functioning of a democracy. And underpinning our election procedures is mathematics. In this course, we explore voting systems as mathematicians see them. We investigate the history of various voting systems, and we look to understand whether there is a “perfect” voting system. History and mathematics undergird two election issues of great import to our time: apportionment and the electoral college. Learn the history and mathematics behind these important processes. Learn how mathematics is used to gerrymander voting districts and how mathematics can be used to quantify gerrymandering. Come learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of our voting systems as we enter into this important presidential election season. | Lecture (plus questions)
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