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A Brief Fly-Through of Cryptology for First-Semester Students using Active Learning and Common Technology

Talk given at the MAA Session on Cryptology for Undergraduates, AMS/MAA Joint Meetings, January 16, 2011
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Robert Talbert

on 9 February 2011

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Transcript of A Brief Fly-Through of Cryptology for First-Semester Students using Active Learning and Common Technology

A Brief Fly-Through of Cryptology for First-Semester Students using Active Learning and Common Technology

Robert Talbert
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing
Franklin College, Franklin, IN
rtalbert@franklincollege.edu
Twitter: @RobertTalbert

http://bit.ly/talbertjmm MAT 140: Introduction to the Mathematical Sciences Guest topics Cryptology Parameters Goals Session 1 Results Puzzles Modeling Knots Activities Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/emdot/2110317296/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/amafirlian/406179109/ Basic notions Shift cipher activity Cryptology and mathematics Modular arithmetic (mod 26) Basic computer ciphers Binary representation; XOR Public-key ciphers Prime numbers; number theory About 40 students Class co-requisite with Calculus I; required for several majors Almost all first-year, "undecided" 1-credit activity class; no homework Main goal: Acquaint students with breadth, scope of mathematics beyond calculus http://www.flickr.com/photos/airport/6550520/ Going farther http://www.flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2194119780/ Highlight main ideas http://www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755/ No homework Keep math simple Finish in 5 sessions Show math outside calculus Stimulate student interest http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/279625345/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/fenng/4134953185/
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