Welcome to Experimental Mathematics (Math 350). This course is a lab based mathematics course intended to highlight the art and science

problem solving. We will be using the computer to generate examples, run simulations, and do complicated calculations that will enable us to make conjectures.

This will be an introduction to how mathematicians and scientists pose and solve problems.

First Day activities:

1. Click here to download a Maple worksheet that will introduce you to Maple.

2. The following is a short worksheet intended to highlight some simple things Wolfram Alpha can do. Worksheet

**PROJECTS:**

- Fun with Roots! Due Friday August 31st at 4:00 pm

* Final
Project Problem Proposal due by **Friday **October
19 at **4:00 PM **(10 points)

First draft due by **Friday November 9 at 4:00 PM ** (15 points)

Final presentations ** December 4-**6 (15 points)

Final paper due **Saturday December 15 at 12:00 PM** (40 points)

You can replace any project with a project of your own invention. It must be approved in advance by the class. Your "project" proposal should have the following:

- A clear statement of an interesting (judged by the class) problem in mathematics whose solution is unknown to you.
- A description of a way to experiment with, model, or simulate, the problem so that you may support your conjecture with examples and possibly acquire insight into a mathematical solution.

Other projects may be modified (with prior approval) to suit your interests.