Mathematics and Reality

Universidad de Granada

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mathematics and Reality

  • Host University

    Universidad de Granada

  • Location

    Granada, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The aim is to provide the student with a theoretical and practical knowledge of some aspects of mathematics whose presence in pre-university teaching is usually scarce, null, or of a purely formal approach, but which contribute to improving not only the mathematical culture in general but also the capacity to understand and solve a great diversity of real problems and modern technical applications of mathematics. Emphasis will be made on a practical approach involving numerical computations and programming as means for exploring the proposed topics.


    • Knowledge of essential aspects of the formation of the mathematical corpus.

    • Oral and written communication in English.

    • Self-study and autonomous work.

    • Ability to search for contents.

    • Identification of the mathematical structure of problems in everyday life.


    • Ability to analyze from a mathematical point of view the problems of daily life.

    • Ability to solve mathematical problems related to everyday life.

    • Mathematical modelling of situations.

    • Recognition of the role and importance of mathematics in human activity.

    • Recognition of the relevance of mathematics in human activity.

    • Knowledge of the role of relevant personalities of the mathematical world and their contribution.


    • To know the fundamental role of geometry as a support for mathematical development.

    • To identify the contributions of great mathematicians with their historical context.

    • To understand the importance of logical foundations and the inconsistency of any complex system.

    • To understand the rudiments of encrypted message transmission.

    • To understand basic techniques used in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

    • To understand the advantages and difficulties of voting and allotment systems in democratic systems.

    • To appreciate the connection of mathematics with artistic expression.

    • To identify and learn to correct the most common errors in daily mathematics in the field of economics.

    • To understand the flaws of common statistical and probabilistic language.

    • To stimulate critical thinking, overall vision and the search for alternative solutions to problems of mental challenge.


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