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Computer fonts, Angry Birds, March Madness, and Google — sound like fun?  Indeed, math is engaging and influences the world around us.

Equations of lines can allow computers to create fonts, store them quite compactly, and render them at essentially any desired resolution.  Plotting the graph of a polynomial can affect how you play Angry Birds as you strive to dislodge the pesky pigs.  Linear systems model the performance of sports teams and influence which college football teams play in the new year bowl games.  You can create your own linear equations to help you create a bracket for March Madness.  Finally, probability and simulation lies at the core of the mathematical algorithm that catapulted Google as a leader in search engines.

You benefit from applications of math every day.  Through this course, you can better understand how you benefit from applications of math in your every day life.  Along the way, you will likely learn new mathematical ideas, too.