Mathematics for Today’s Global Challenges

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Do you want to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19? Perhaps, you would like to work in the intelligence field and help decode secret messages from terrorist organizations? Maybe you see yourself as a public official dedicated to making sure elections are free and fair by preventing problems such as gerrymandering? Mathematics is truly a universal language, and now more than ever access to data and the ability to analyze it have become critical skills. In this course, you will investigate real-world problems that can be tackled using mathematics. 

You may be asked how to reduce the COVID-19 curve or model population growth using matrices. These are significant scientific and social issues that leaders from small communities to large nations face. Throughout this two-week mathematical adventure, some of the topics you will investigate include: 

  • Voting theory
  • Graph theory to learn about shortest path
  • Gerrymandering
  • Basic cyphers (cryptology)
  • Leslie Matrices for population modeling
  • Modeling with COVID-19 data

You will be introduced to skills that are in demand by leaders of universities, governments, and industries. Skilled mathematicians can predict what will happen in the future and lead organizations towards positive outcomes. Could one of those mathematicians be you? 

Prerequisite: Algebra II or its equivalent 
This course is open to rising 10th – 12th graders 

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