This is the home page for MATH 033 – Mathematics for Sustainability for the Spring 2016 semester. This is a new course at Penn State (University Park), developed by Professor John Roe and offered for the first time in Spring 2015. The Spring 2016 course is scheduled MWF at 2:30-3:20 pm in 115 Osmond and taught by Russ deForest, an instructor with the Penn State Math Department.
MATH 033 is intended for students who are not mathematics majors and want to earn GQ (General Education – Quantification) credit while also studying sustainability from a mathematical perspective. We’ll learn how to analyze sustainability issues by asking fundamental mathematical questions: how large? how fast? how risky? how connected? These skills will benefit you as a worker, as a consumer, and as an informed citizen. For a little more background to the course you can view Professor Roe’s TEDx talk below.
The course will not require any mathematical background beyond high school algebra. It will give students opportunities to develop and present their own applications of the mathematical techniques to sustainability problems of their own choice.
If you are interested in sustainability and ready for a different kind of math course, sign up for Math 33. (Enrollment is limited!) If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact either the current instructor, Russ deForest or the course developer, Professor John Roe.