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MATH 295.00 Mathematics and Democracy 6 credits

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Deanna B Haunsperger

In a democratic society we are confronted with problems of implementing fairness. How can we build a representative government, measure society's preferences, or fairly divide power? Many of these problems are amenable to mathematical analysis and, in many cases, there exist deep theories and rich historical narratives of attempts at solution. We will study three such problems all of current political and mathematical interest: apportionment of representation, voting, and gerrymandering. We will approach these problems by considering what abstract properties a "fair" solution should have then attempting to construct and analyze procedures that maximize our measures of fairness.

Prerequisite: Mathematics 232 or Mathematics 236

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