MATH 312: Math for Social Analysis
Math 312 students learn mathematics in interdisciplinary and social contexts encouraging critical analysis and exploration of the world and connections between mathematics and students’ lives outside of school. The largest curriculum unit is centered on environmentalism, where students learn about and quantify issues such as global warming, mountaintop removal in Appalachia, rainforest depletion, water conservation, and endangered species. Class activities and projects, participation in a National Teach-In on climate change, reading assignments, guest speakers, and movies/video clips have all been incorporated in the class to help students learn mathematics, deepen their understandings of these issues, and learn ways to become part of positive change.
Coverage: Approximately 3-4 full weeks per semester