Math 111 is a topics class meant to follow a first course in calculus (specifically Math 110). Unlike most second courses in calculus, it stretches beyond the traditional topics of integration and explores topics from statistics, linear algebra and geometry. Our goal is to understand what it means to "optimize." This turns out to be a very complex concept, so our goals for the course are broad. By the end of this course, you should be able to
find a possible best-fit functions for a given data set and explain the strengths and weaknesses of such an approximation.
identify relevant information using (partial) derivatives and (double) integrals;
recognize and solve real-life optimization problems (maxima and minima) in one or more variables;