## Welcome

Mathematics is the study of shape and form, of numbers and patterns, of concrete examples and abstract generalizations. As a discipline mathematics is not easy to categorize. It is an art: there is great beauty in its execution and exposition. It is a science: it is extremely rigorous and it has an experimental aspect. It is pure: within mathematics one can create a whole universe and explore its properties. It is applied: many of the best ideas of mathematics arise from attempts at solving everyday problems, and some of its most pure concepts have surprisingly practical applications. It is a philosophy: mathematics is grounded in ideas. Most of all, mathematics is alive. Although mathematics has engaged human thought for millennia it is still today a vibrant and growing area of human endeavor with new and important discoveries. It is the goal of the Department of Mathematics not only to provide students with a firm foundation in the concepts and skills of mathematics, but to instill in them an appreciation for the beauty and power of the subject.

The Department of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematical economics (in collaboration with the Department of Economics and Finance). We also offer a Master of Science in applied mathematics.

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### Problem of the fortnight

### March 14, 2007

Pi Day Problem

Assume that the earth is spherical in shape. Peter wonders how long a rope would be required to circle the earth at the equator. Ingrid wants to place a rope along the earth's equator, but raised above the ground a height of one meter at all points. How much more rope would Ingrid need than what Peter would need?

**Solutions are due by noon on March 21. Remember, full explanations are needed!**

*The intent of this activity is simply to have fun thinking about mathematical problems. Anyone may submit a solution. You need not be a mathematics major to submit a solution.*