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MATH 111G The Mathematics of Games and Sports (CORE—Foundation)

Prerequisite: MATH 099 or Level II placement on the Basic Math Skills Inventory or permission of the department (Offered once a year or by demand/3 credits) 

This course examines the serious mathematics of fun. How often should one expect to see a perfect game in Major League Baseball? Why should you always split 8s in blackjack? How can a tournament among seven teams best be scheduled? Will women ever be faster than men in the highest levels of track performance? Is it better to bet on a color or a number in roulette? Students will explore all of these questions and more using mathematical tools such as probability, linear models, and graph theory. This class also uses computational tools to solve problems and analyze data.