MCS 115
Nature of Mathematics
Course
Syllabus
Homework
Guidelines
Schedule
Assignments
Project
Instructors
Aaron Nienow
Olin 302, anienow2@gac.edu, 507.933.7464,
Office Hours
T. J.
Morrison
Olin 305, tjm@gustavus.edu, 507.933.7009,
Office Hours
Test Schedule
Exam 1 Monday September 22
Exam 2 Monday October 13 Exam Review
Exam 3 Monday November 10 Exam Review
Exam 4, Final Exam Wednesday December 17 1:00  3:00 Exam
Review
Sections 001 and 003, T. J. Morrison, Olin 103
Section 002, Aaron Nienow, Olin 317
Tutoring
Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Olin 317
General Links
 Chapter 1 stories
 Math in the Movies (A problem similar to Story 3 is featured in a popular movie. Which one?)
 Story 7
 Why mathematicians care about hat color (this is related to the "dot problem" in Story 9)
 Pigeon Hole Principle (2.1)
 Fibonacci Numbers (2.2)
 Fibonacci's Rabbits
 Fibonacci numbers and the golden section home page
 Fibonacci bio at St. Andrew's history of math archive
 Fibonacci Nim (java applet)
 Clock Arithmetic and Check Digits (2.4)
Featured Useful Links
 General links
 Fractals and Chaos Game
 John Conway's Game of Life (6.2)
 Game
of Life at www.math.com
 Article
in Scientific American by Gardner
 Alan Hensel's fast, powerful life applet with many
complex starting patterns
 Alan Hensel's life applet can also be found here
 Euler Characteristic (5.3)
 Möbius band and Klein bottle (5.2)
 Möbius band
 Klein bottles
