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Governor's School 2001 - Mathematics Elective

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Applications of Matrices

Codes, epidemics, fractals, game strategies and computer graphics
are all areas where we can use mathematics to describe and
understand how they work.
In this math course, we will use matrices to study some problems
in these areas. We will start by learning about matrices, their
general properties and how to manipulate them.
Then we will begin to apply what we've learned to various
real-world problems, like those listed above. The course
will be a mix of theory, computation (by hand and by computer)
and experimentation.
Prerequisites: Good algebra and general math skills.
If you know more math, we'll use more, but we'll develop most of the
mathematics we need as we need it. We'll also be using computers
to solve some problems.
However, no programming experience is necessary, unless you want to write
your own programs.

Course Instructor: Dr. Charles R. (Chuck) Collins (B.S., Texas A&M University;
Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is an Associate Professor of
Mathematics at UT, where he teaches a wide range of courses from Calculus to
graduate level seminars in Numerical Analysis. His main focus is on
developing mathematical models of real-world situations and then
determining how to best solve the resulting problem efficiently on a computer.

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