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The goal of the class is to help students learn to ask the right questions, and to gather and analyze the data needed to answer them, to understand the covid pandemic and the worldwide responses. Through local experts and numerous guest speakers playing key roles in these problems, we will discuss numerous aspects, from mathematical models for virus propagation to analyzing the economic, educational, social and emotional consequences of lockdowns and social distancing; from moral and legal dilemnas created by the pandemic and responses to the international political scene and relations between countries. Offered as Math 119 or Math 312 (those taking as Math 312 will have some of the readings replaced with more technical modeling papers and subsequent homework).
Pre-requisites: None for Math 119; for Math 312 linear algebra is recommended.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Class participation, writing, homework problems.
Linear algebra recommended.
all students will have an equal chance; if possible none will be turned away.
We will discuss mathematical models and use statistics to analyze data.