Course Description

IN PERSON: Probably the most well-known mathematical sequence is that of the Fibonacci numbers. This lecture-style course explores how these numbers arise in certain mathematical problems as well as in real-world situations. We consider the properties of the Fibonacci numbers and related sequences such as the Lucas numbers. Since study of the Fibonacci numbers leads to the golden ratio, we derive its relationship to the Fibonacci numbers and consider its properties. The course concludes with an overview of how the Fibonacci numbers appear in nature and how we humans utilize the Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio. Students will gain an appreciation for how these mathematical concepts have informed our understanding of nature and have impacted human endeavors in art, architecture and music. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 30.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Fibonacci Numbers: Properties, Golden Ratio, Applications
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
May 03, 2023 to Jun 07, 2023
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Please note: Although the instructor will attempt to present the key concepts in a manner minimizing the need for knowledge of mathematics, students will get the most out of the course by having a good working knowledge of high school algebra and geometry. Optional problem sets will be provided for students who want to pursue the subject outside of class. The book by Posamentier and Lehmann is recommended for those who wish to know more.

Recommended reading:
Alfred S. Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann, "The (Fabulous) Fibonacci Numbers" (9781591024750)

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