FIG #10: Pattern Formation in Math, Art and Language

FIG Pre-registration Fall 2017 is now closed. Please contact Rebecca McLean with any questions at (360)650-6607 or

Cluster Description:
In this seminar we'll explore the idea of human beings as pattern-seekers: from the beautiful patterns in traditional art-forms and the intricacy of language, to the abstract realms of modern mathematics. We'll have hands-on activities with patterns and puzzles. In addition, we'll have discussions about what "mathematical thinking" really is, and how we can get better at it. NOTE: Final registration for this FIG will not be complete until the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) has been passed with a score of 30.


Anthropology 247
Judy Pine
10:00-10:50 am
Math 112
Andrew Good
11:00-11:50 am
Seminar 101
Teresa Downard
2:00-3:50 pm

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Course Descriptions for Pattern Formation in Math, Art and Language

  • Anthropology 247, Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, (Judy Pine) 5cr, SSC, CRN: 42933
    The study of language from an anthropological perspective. Includes an introduction to the structure and patterning of language, the study of language as it is used in daily life, and the role of language in human evolution.
  • Math 112, Functions and Algebraic Methods, (Andrew Good) 5cr, QSR, CRN: 43993
    Pattern recognition and generalization, building mathematical models and problem solving are emphasized. Supporting topics include polynomials, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, graphs, rational expressions, radicals and functions. Graphing calculator required. Cannot be counted toward majors or minors in mathematics or computer science.
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Teresa Downard) 2cr, CRN: 41146
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation.

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