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International Programs

Summer 2015 Courses


The Summer Session in San Gimignano will include two courses led by Merrimack faculty:

“The Mathematics of Fibonacci” , Dr. Brandy Benedict (4 Credits)

Fulfills a STEM requirement for the LS Core.

Born around 1170 A.D. in Pisa, Italy, Fibonacci is credited with spreading the Hindu-Arabic number system and other mathematics of the eastern and middle-eastern world to medieval Europe through the writing of his “book of calculation” Liber Abbaci.

This course is will cover the global context and historical significance of Fibonacci’s Liber Abbaci and its mathematical content.  Topics include the introduction of the Hindu-Arabic numeral system, problem solving with business applications, fractions and irrational numbers, as well as the famous rabbit problem leading to the Fibonacci numbers.  Applications of the Fibonacci numbers will be explored, as well as his other contributions in number theory and geometry. Must have scored at least a 9 on the mathematics placement test or successfully passed  MTH1000 Concepts in Algebra. 

PHL 2020: “Perspectives on the Good Life, Dr. Arthur Ledoux (4 Credits)

Prerequisite: PHL 1000. Satisfies a distribution requirement and a major/minor requirement; fulfills (E) and (W) for the LS Core.

This may be the most practical course you have ever taken. As you approach major challenges and decisions in your life, the need for meaning and direction can become intense: What meaning does my life have? What goals should my decisions aim at?  Beliefs about what makes a human life good give us a frame of reference as we grapple with such searching questions. It is helpful perhaps consoling to realize that brilliant people before us have grappled with these same questions and have formulated a whole variety of answers. Wouldn’t it make sense to investigate some of these answers to see what help they might provide us in our own search? The goal of this course, them, is both academic and personal/ to learn what some great thinkers have understood the good life to be and to use this context to consider and formulate your own view.