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Sex, Chaos and other Mathematical Pleasures - MATH109

Sex and mathematics? It's not just numbers and probabilities! Life is full of patterns and mathematics is uniquely suited to their discovery and explanation. In the context of sex, mathematics has uncovered a treasure trove of sometimes unexpected but rich patterns and relationships. Mathematics is the study of patterns: their discovery, interconnection and implications. This unit takes a broad approach to understand the power of modern mathematical thinking in human activities. As well as sex and mathematical biology, we cover diverse topics such as the 'butterfly-effect' and chaos theory, climate modelling, art and perspective, fractals, cryptography and codes, paradoxes and infinity, and complex decision making in health and other areas of public life. Even your mobile phone is a mathematical wonder!

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

2020 - Next offered in 2020

Staff Contact(s): Mathematics staff



Unit Designation(s):


Unit Type: Planet unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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