Course Instructor: Ryan Higginbottom
This is a course in problem-solving and critical thinking. We will learn a host of problem-solving techniques and strategies, and use them to understand and solve numerous puzzles, problems, and riddles. All of these techniques are well-known to mathematicians, but we will work on problems that may only have a loose connection to mathematics at first glance. We will spend the majority of our time together working as a class and in smaller groups to discover these techniques and apply them to particular problems. Books and articles will provide background and supplemental instruction, and they will be the subject of regular class discussions. There is no mathematical prerequisite for this class.