MTH 2160 Ideas in Mathematics and Their Applications
4.0 Hours; 3.0 Credits

This course is designed for the arts and sciences student who wants to sample the intellectual breadth of mathematics. Topics are chosen that are representative of the following fields: number theory, infinity in mathematics, geometry and topology, modern physics, computer arithmetic, set theory, the history of mathematics, probability and statistics, and graph theory. Applications of the ideas discussed are presented wherever feasible. Some possible topics include primality, the nature and representation of numbers, the Euclidean algorithm, numerical approximation, geometric sequences and series, cardinality, the bridges of Koenigsberg problem, projective geometry, non-Euclidean geometry, relativity, binary arithmetic, symbolic logic, the life of a selected mathematician, games of chance, misusing data, planar graphs, and network analysis. (MTH 2160 is not recommended for students whose major requires a statistics course or another math course. It does not meet the BBA base curriculum math requirement.) This course is not open to any student who completed any other mathematics course numbered 2000 or higher.

Baruch Common Core (for students who entered Baruch prior to Fall 2013): This course satisfies the 2000-level Mathematics requirement for most Weissman majors.*

CUNY Pathways at Baruch (for students who entered Baruch Fall 2013 or later, or who “opt-in” to CUNY Pathways): This course satisfies the “Quantitative Skills” requirement of the Required Core for most Weissman majors.*

*The following Weissman majors require Math 2003: Actuarial Science; Biological Sciences; Economics; Mathematics; Natural Sciences ad hoc; and Statistics. Required Core: Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning. MTH 2140 and MTH 2160 may substitute for each other in the F-replacement policy. The policy on repeating courses covers MTH 2140 and MTH 2160, e.g., one course taken three times, each course taken once, or a one-and-two combination. All combinations will be treated identically as three attempts.

Prerequisite: Placement in CSTM 0120 or higher.