Course Descriptions

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Fall Semester begins September 8.
Confirmed enrollments accepted through September 9.

In Discrete Math students will explore unique real world problems that cannot be directly solved through writing an equation or applying a common formula. The course does not require learning a large number of definitions, formulas, and theorems; instead a creative mind, problem solving skills, and visualization will be helpful! Discrete Math will cover a variety of topics to help us answer some real world questions:

  • Euler circuits (What is the best route for the mailman to take?)
  • Voting methods (Will we get a different winner if we hold a different type of election?)
  • Map coloring (How many colors are needed so that no countries that are touching are the same color?)
  • Matrices and tournaments (How can we determine a winner if all individuals have not played each other?)
  • Fair division (How many seats should Minnesota have in Congress?)

Course materials: The Geometer's Sketchpad software; online readings from a variety of sources

Standards met: These courses exceed the Minnesota 2007 Math Standards for Grades 9-11.

Credit: 0.5

Honors Opportunity: Yes

Prerequisites: None—this course is appropriate for students at all levels who need a one-semester math elective.