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Connecting with the Sounds and Motions of Mathematics

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The connection between music and math goes back to the ancient Greek notion of music as the math of time. Understanding the connection between math and music and how sound waves can be expressed mathematically using Fourier analysis has allowed great advances in sound engineering and in all of digital technology. The branch of mathematics called network theory provides insights into extremely complicated networks such as ecosystems while the mathematics of synchronization gives insight into the workings of the human heart. In this course you will reach beyond formulas and computations to explore the mathematics behind patterns, relationships, and real-world problems. Along the way, you will meet some of the fascinating people who are studying today's emerging questions about mathematics, and learn about the historical significance of typical mathematical concepts. Through Annenberg Learner videos, interactive activities, and problem solving, you will delve into the "why" and not just the "how" of mathematical questions. At the end of the course, learners earn a Certificate of Completion.

Note: This is a self-paced course accessible for one year after enrollment, and not eligible for graduate credit.

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