Can mathematics be used to explore issues of social, political and economic justice? Can mathematics potentially change the world, and make it a more fair and just place? We'll use the power of mathematics as an essential analytic tool in understanding justice issues in our community and in the world. Mathematical topics will include voting theory, power indexes, game theory, fair division, probability and statistics. Issues we'll explore will include income distribution and poverty, political representation, job discrimination, racial profiling, and more. We'll also participate in a service-learning project in the Burlington community.
Prerequisite: 2 yrs high school Algebra or Math 9 or 10