51.1 F
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

New Math GUR available spring 2016

By Alex Halverson

Western students will learn how to use geometric constructions, proofs and graphs all within an art and design environment in Math 160, a new General University Requirement (GUR) in the upcoming spring quarter.

Math 160, Mathematics and Art, is a GUR focused on connecting math and design with geometric applications.

“We’ll definitely be doing some of the classic math-art topics like perspective drawing, trying to draw things the same way your eyes see them, that’s a classic collaboration between mathematicians and artists,” professor Teresa Downard said.

Downard will teach the class for the second time, having previously taught it spring quarter of 2016.

“…we started working on art-related math problems together and griped about how we wished could do these in our classes but we didn’t have time.”

Teresa Downard

“The class is new so [Western] tried it out last spring and there weren’t many people for it,” Downard said. “But it just takes time for the word to really get out.”

Mathematics and Art will be a Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) requirement and fulfill the same requirements Math 114 does, assuming the student scored the minimum prerequisite algebra score on the math placement test.

A final grade of a C- or better in Math 112 is required for the class.

The class was created and spearheaded by Downard and former Western professor Dina Buric.

“I found a colleague here, Dina Buric, and we started working on art-related math problems together and griped about how we wished could do these in our classes but we didn’t have time,” Downard said. “People higher up in the math department suggested that we should make a class.”

The class won’t replace any existing classes, but will accompany current Math GURs.

The class becomes available spring quarter and will be taught by Downard from 2-3:20 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Must Read

Resident advisers hold open forum with university officials to discuss concerns

Written by: Bram Briskorn and Questen Inghram Over 300 people packed into Arntzen Hall, room 100 as if it were...

Sports: Pros and cons of Seahawks’ NFL draft pick Malik McDowell

Why did the Seahawks go after a defensive tackle with their first selection in the 2017 NFL draft? Coming off...

The history of the KKK in Bellingham

By Emily Stout You may think of the Ku Klux Klan as a distant monster, an organization that tormented the South....

Latest News

Western suffers $11 million loss due to remote quarter

 Losses attributed to reduction in student residents, state funding By Connor...

How the mask mandate looks in Whatcom County

Everything to know about how local jurisdictions are handling the order By Connor Benintendi

Call your grandparents

The isolation caused by the pandemic is hitting older groups harder, it’s our job to help them stay connected.

Commercial fishing industry braces for strange season

 Upcoming local, Alaskan fishing season will be seeing low prices, high uncertainty Boats in Squalicum...

Staying healthy is essential right now, no matter the method

Many are turning to simple self-care practices in order to promote their own health. // Illustration by Julia Vreeman

More Articles Like This