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Expires one year
Offered by PBS National
The Evolution of Probability, Geometry, and Game Theory
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Probability is the mathematical study of randomness, or events in which the outcome is uncertain. Probability can trace its evolution from a way to improve chances at the gaming table to modern applications of understanding traffic flow and financial markets. Our first exposure to geometry is through Euclid, who stated that all triangles have 180 degrees. As it turns out, however, triangles can have more or less than 180 degrees. Game theory is the mathematical study of social interactions as games that have payoffs for the players. Competition and cooperation can be studied mathematically and have relevance to economics and geopolitical strategy. 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 labs, and problem solving, you will delve into the "why" and not just the "how" of mathematical questions.
Note: This is a self-paced course accessible for one year after enrollment, and not eligible for graduate credit.
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