Numbers, Clocks, and Secret Codes

Professor: D. Marshall

Term: Fall

Year: 2011

Course Code: FY-101-MA01

This First Year Seminar will study the applications of mathematics to various types of codes, including identification numbers, check digit schemes, and selected methods of cryptography. Modular, or "clock," arithmetic will be developed to greatly increase the number of meaningful examples that can be covered. The impact of cryptography on history and society will also be explored. Students will be instructed on the academic expectations of college, and on how to best achieve these expectations. Additional aspects of college life will be the subject of readings and discussions.