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Department of Mathematics

Study Abroad Opportunities

Linfield students have a number of opportunities to study abroad while focusing on mathematics. For general information about study abroad at Linfield, click here

Jan Term Study Abroad Courses

The mathematics faculty frequently run January term off-campus courses. The most recent of these courses along with plans for future ones are highlighted below. 

Course:  Traversing the Eulerian Trail (2008, 2010, 2014, 2016)

Professor Chuck Dunn (Mathematics)

Description:  Leonhard Euler was one of the most prolific mathematicians of all time.  More important, however, was his impact on almost every field of mathematics.  There are few areas of mathematics in which Euler's contributions have not played a significant role.   In this course, we retrace his steps, beginning in St. Petersburg and Berlin.  It is in these two cities that Euler spent the majority of this life, alternating between positions at the St. Petersburg Academy and the Berlin Academy.  We then end in Basel, Switzerland, the town of his birth, and where attended the Universität Basel.  The focus of the course is the mathematics of Euler.  We investigate his work and influence in number theory, infinite series, logarithms, algebra, combinatorics, and graph theory.  In addition, we consider how the concept of “proof” has evolved from Euler's time to the present.

Prerequisite: MATH 170 with MATH 175 strongly recommended.  This course counts toward both the major and minor in mathematics.

Course:  Capital Ideas: Mathematics and Culture in Dynastic China and Japan (2013, 2018)

Professors: Chuck Dunn (Mathematics) and Christopher Keaveney (Modern Languages)

Description: Examination of development of mathematical innovations in three former East Asian capitals and contemporaneous cultural achievements that provide a context for those innovations. Will explore the cultural accomplishments of the Tang and Ming Dynasties in Beijing and Xi'an China (PRC) and the Edo period in Kyoto, Japan, along with the mathematical innovations that those societies gave rise to.  These innovations include the development of algebra and number theory in China and the influence of these on wasan, the traditional mathematics of Edo period in Japan.  Simultaneously, we will read and analyze Chinese poetry in translation and explore its relationship to painting, calligraphy and garden design in both China and Japan and explore the concept of cultural influence and appropriation. 

Prerequisites: INQS 125 or equivalent; MATH 150 or higher. (CS or GP) This course counts toward both the major and minor in mathematics.

Course: From D.C. to London: Breaking Codes and Winning Wars (tentatively 2019)

Professor: Christian Millichap (Mathematics)

Description: Examination of how cryptology, the science of making and breaking codes and ciphers, played a pivotal role during the world wars. Emphasis on analyzing the German Enigma machine used by the Nazis during World War II and learning the mathematics used to defeat this machine. Investigation of how cryptologists worked during these wars and how their efforts affected political and military decisions. Planned trips to museums and historical locations in both Washington D.C. and London, including a trip to Bletchley Park, where the allied codebreakers worked during World War II.

Prerequisites: MATH 170 is strongly recommended. This course counts toward both the major and minor in mathematics.

Semester/Year Abroad

A number of our mathematics majors and minors have studied abroad at a variety of locations. One program of particular interest that Linfield students have participated in is the Budapest Semester in Mathematics Program

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