Often for real world applications one does not need to find the optimal solution, which can be extremely difficult, but instead just find something close, or at least better than what is currently being done. We will develop material and techniques from mathematics, statistics and allied fields with an eye to applications. In addition to standard homework assignments and exams there will be a group project where students will work with a local business, write a report and present the results. Pre-requisites are multivariable calculus and linear algebra, or permission of the instructor. Knowledge of some statistics or programming is beneficial but not required.
The Class: Format: lecture; In addition to standard lectures and assignments, we will be partnering with local businesses to apply mathematics to solve real world problems.
Requirements/Evaluation: Lectures and class participation, homework, exams and encouragement to do a project. We already have several local businesses with projects for students. Working on a project will entail meeting with officials from the company, clearly defining what the problem is, and writing a solution. This will include a presentation, a write-up, and potentially implementable code. Based on previous similar courses, these papers typically run from 10 to 40 pages.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 150 or 151, and Linear Algebra, or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Students who have taken at least one statistics or computer science class
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This is a 300 level mathematics class