Math 210

Course Name: Math in the Media

Instructor: Ted Chinburg

Course Description: This is an experimental course about mathematical reasoning and the media. Embedded

in many stories one finds in the media are mathematical questions as well as implicit mathematical models for how the

world behaves. We will discuss ways to recognize such questions and models, and how to think about them from a mathematical

perspective. A key part of the course will be about what constitutes a mathematical proof, and what passes for

proof in various media contexts. The course will cover a variety of topics in logic, probably and statistics as well

as how these subjects can be used and abused.