This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this course for anyone who suffer from math anxieties. After being out of school for over ten years, if it was not simple addition, multiplication, subtraction and division, I was not interested. This course not only encouraged me but I did better than I expected and encourage me to continue my pursuit to obtain my degree.
Course highlights:
The Fibonacci numbers is a numbering system in nature. The numbering sequence appear everywhere nature, such as in the leaf arrangement in plants, the florets of a flower, the bracts of a pinecone, as well as the scales on a pineapple. The Fibonacci numbers are therefore applicable to the growth of every living thing, including a single cell, a grain of wheat, a hive of bees, and even all of mankind. While we would contribute the sequence to mathematical equations and even science, I am convinced that as part of creation God’s perfect plan for the care and survival of various types of vegetation the Fibonacci numbers gives evidence to the awesomeness of our God. So how do plants and other vegetation benefits from the sequence? Let’s look at how the leaves on a plant are arranged. Plants grow in such a way that the arrangement of the leaves around the stem of plant are designed to help in the life of the plant. Why do these arrangements occur? To maximize the space for each leaf and the amount of light falling on each one. Phyllotaxis is the study of the ordered position of leaves on a stem. The leaves on this plant are staggered in a spiral pattern to permit optimum exposure to sunlight. If we apply the Golden Ratio to a circle we can see how it is that this plant exhibits Fibonacci qualities. (Parveen, Fibonacci In Nature) The above snippet from my research paper helped see the relationship of math and nature in his perfectness through the creator. What we contribute to man God is really the creator.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
The advice I would give to those who suffer from any type of math anxieties like myself, keep an open mind, read, and complete the assignments. You would be amazed what you will learn from the course.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The Heart of Mathematics was a really interesting class for me. It forces you to remember and realise that Mathematics, like everything else in this world, has a rich and, surprisingly, interesting history behind. It allows for you to think outside of the box when it comes to Mathematics and I've never had as much of an eye-opening experience as I did when I was writing the final paper for the course. It's definitely for those who want to get a bit more in-depth with maths and how it came to be.
Course highlights:
The highlight of this course was the in-depth learning done about each weekly topic. Learning more about Fractals, Mandelbrot Set, Chaos Theory, Number Theory, Tessellations, and more was such an interesting thing for me to do. I ended up finding out more about what makes math so good and realising why mathematicians enjoy mathematics so much. It's definitely a course that makes you have an appreciation for really goes into maths.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
This course is a required course, from what I remember; however, it's one of the most intensive that you'll take. I recommend taking it early on in your studies because you definitely don't want to have to come back to it. It's very text—both book and actual writing—heavy and it's a mathematics course at that.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
This was a great class! My advise to anyone entering, go in with an open mind, and don't over think it. I struggled at first, then it hit me that I was thinking too hard about it.
Course highlights:
I learned about mathematics in nature, as well as creative thinking in respect to everyday math we don't realize is even in use.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
It's perfect for artistic types that may not necessarily be good at math.