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Prerequisites: M119 or M211. For students who have not taken M211, M118 is also recommended. An elementary introduction to a variety of fascinating topics, including number theory and cryptography, groups and symmetry, knot theory, probability and games of chance, voting schemes, and fractals and chaos. The course will take an experimental approach, whenever possible (actual ropes for studying knot theory, computer simulations for the study of fractals, etc.). The evaluation of students will be based on class participation, three essays, and a project. The project should consist of actually building a physical model or producing a computer simulation related to the topic of the third essay. The project may be done jointly with some other students in the class, depending on the complexity of the task. M330 may count toward a math minor, subject to the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. M330 does not count toward a math major. Optional: Intensive writing credit is available. For students choosing this option, assignments will be adjusted to meet the intensive writing requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.