Spring 2022 - MATH 302 D100

Mathematical Journeys II (3)

Geometry and Symmetry

Class Number: 7027

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 152 or 155 or 158, and MATH 232 or 240, all with a minimum grade of C-. There may be additional prerequisites depending on the specific course topic.



A focused exploration of a special topic (varying from term to term) that builds on mathematical ideas from lower division courses and provides further challenges in quantitative and deductive reasoning. Each Journeys course is designed to appeal particularly to mathematics minor students and others with a broad interest in mathematics. Quantitative.


This is a course on Game Theory in the broadest sense.  We will begin studying combinatorial games such as Nim and Hex, developing the Sprague-Grundy Theorem and then expanding into the theory of Non-partisan games.  We then turn our attention to the setting of classical game theory.  We develop Von-Neumann’s minimax theorem for zero-sum games and then develop the basic theory of general matrix games.  Here we study classical dilemmas, consider bargaining strategies, Nash equilibria and more.  This course is proper mathematics with theorems and proofs, but the subject has a great deal to say about real world interactions and situations.  Students will be expected to work in groups on a significant project to be presented at the end of the term.  


  • Homework 25%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Project 30%
  • Final 30%



There is no required textbook. Comprehensive course notes would be distributed in class.

Registrar Notes:


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