Page 20 - ETerm 2013 Course Listing

Maria Stadnik
Prerequisites:
None
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
Letter
Max. Enrollment:
16
Meeting Time:
Tu W Th 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm
Did you ever wonder how they create those intricate, self-similar patterns known as fractals? Do you want to use
your artistic creativity for credit in a mathematics class (instead of doodling in the margins of your notebook for no
credit)? Then this course is for you! This course will be an introduction to the interesting world of fractals. We will
study many of the classical examples of fractals and discuss fractals in art, nature, and computer graphics. In the
afternoon sessions, we will learn how to generate fractals using computers. Students will utilize their creativity by
generating their own fractals, so doodling throughout the term is encouraged! No prior computer knowledge is
necessary. Computer savvy students will be given free rein to explore topics at their own pace. Homework will be a
mix of math problem sets, readings, and creative activities. Assessment will be based upon active participation in
both the morning and afternoon sessions (30%), homework (30%), and a final small-group project (40%) with both a
written and oral component.
MA*E499*59
Senior Project in Mathematics
Bernadette Mullins
Prerequisites:
MA 470
Open To:
Juniors, Seniors
Grading System:
Letter
Max. Enrollment:
24
Meeting Time:
M Tu W Th F Time TBA
This is a challenging and time-consuming project, the purpose of which is for mathematics majors to engage in
research. Objectives include investigating a topic in mathematics beyond the scope of regularly offered courses
and improving skills in mathematics related to research, problem solving, independence, perseverance, oral and
written communication, and collaboration. Each pair of students must submit a research proposal by December 4.
Any approved research project will require at least 40 hours of work per week. In addition, each team will meet with
the instructor (M, T, W, F at times to be arranged) and the class will meet together once per week (Thursdays
9:30-12:30).
Grades will be based on: oral presentation of research proposal (5%); research progress reported in
team meetings (10%); four oral progress reports (5% each); final oral presentation at a mathematics conference
(15%);
draft research paper (5%); and final research paper (45%).
Media and Film Studies
MFS*E299*61
The Sundance Film Festival: Independent Cinema and the Festival Circuit
David Resha
Prerequisites:
Instructor Consent
Open To:
All Students
Grading System:
S/U
Max. Enrollment:
12
Meeting Time:
DHAR
This Exploration course will examine the intimate relationship between independent cinema and film festivals, with a
focus on the Sundance Film Festival. Film festivals have been centrally important to international and independently
produced cinema since the 1930s. Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States and has
launched the careers of filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch. In the first
section of the class, we will meet for lecture M-Th to study the history of film festivals and the ways in which they