MATH 2010S: Intersections of Mathematics and Society: Hidden Figures

February 24, 2020

Course Description: This course examines the intersections of race, gender, and mathematics as it relates to the accomplishments of the African-American mathematicians featured in the book. We analyze how mathematics and the advancement of American society were intertwined from WWII to the Space Race and focus on understanding the mathematical tools used by human computers and scientists at Langley during this time.

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This is a project-based service-learning course, where the primary project involves pairing students with leaders in STEM positions at companies in the Greater Columbus Community that are local ‘Hidden Figures.’ The students will learn about a particular mathematical community from their local Hidden Figure, and investigate the mathematical tools used in their work. They will also be participating in service-learning with the Columbus Metropolitan Library branches by providing STEM programming related to the major course projects.


Prereq: A grade of C- or above in 1148 and 1149; or a grade of C- or above in 1150; or Math Placement Level L. 

GE: Service Learning, Open Option

Current Syllabus (SP20): Hidden Figures syllabus SP20.pdf


For any questions please contact Dr. Edmonds(.110) or Dr. Johnson(.5316).

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To find course availability and times, please visit the Ohio State Course Catalog and Master Schedule.

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