MATH 474
Tropical Geometry Spring 2018
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
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This course offers an introduction to tropical geometry, a young subject that has already established deep connections between itself and pure and applied mathematics. We will study a rich variety of objects arising from polynomials over the min-plus semiring, where addition is defined as taking a minimum, and multiplication is defined as usual addition. We will learn how these polyhedral objects connect to other areas of mathematics like algebraic geometry, and how they can be applied to solve problems in scheduling theory, phylogenetics, and other diverse fields.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3688
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: based primarily on participation, problem sets, quizzes, exams, and a final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: MATH 355 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Math majors
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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