Mathematics & Computer Science are often taught to students as distinct subjects. But there are a multitude of ways in which they can be used to inspire interest in each other. In this course we will use problems from mathematics to stimulate an interest in computer science and vice versa. We’ll also take inspiration from history and the arts. The problems we will study include:
- Complex Numbers & the Mandelbrot Set
- Recurrence Relations & The Towers of Hanoi
- Loops, Recursion & The Sum of the Natural Numbers
- Truth Tables & The Island of Knights & Knaves
- Iteration, Fibonacci & The Golden Ratio
Each section includes practise sheets and examples which can be used in the classroom.
A basic of knowledge of programming will be useful but is not essential.
At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Use the Mandelbrot set to illustrate the application of complex numbers and for loops.
- Use the Towers of Hanoi problem to illustrate the application of recurrence relations.
- Use problems form the arts to stimulate interest in mathematics and programming.
- Use logic puzzles to illustrate the application of truth tables.
- Use problems form ancient mathematics to illustrate the application of iteration.
Target Audience: Teachers of Computer Science and/or Mathematics at Second Level, High School, Further Education and Higher Education.
Course is offered by University of Wolvehammpton.