Preview the Course Offerings

Our faculty are busy planning the 2022 C&! academic program, and we’re excited to be able to share a preview of what’s in store. We’ll send out a final list with detailed descriptions and course selection instructions on June 1, but until then we hope this whets your appetite!

As usual, we’ll have a range of classes from Accessible (A) classes that anyone at camp can enjoy to Intermediate (I) classes that will be a bit more formal and where some mathematical maturity helps and also some Prerequisite (P) courses that can get quite advanced and take us well beyond calculus. If a course is marked with more than one tag, that means that it serves as both: an (A-I) course will be accessible, but offer extra challenge for the students who are ready. You can pick the courses you want, but sorry, you can only pick four.

Our 2022 courses list will likely include:

  • Continued Fractions – What is the best approximation for π with 3-digit numbers? What is the hardest irrational number to approximate? (A-I)
  • Games (A)
  • Alternative Computers – Billiard Balls, DNA, and More (A-I)
  • Symmetry and Topology – Conway orbifold notation and the classification of topological surfaces (A-I)
  • Indo-European Historical Linguistics (A-I)
  • Statistical Simulation (I)
  • Art and Math (I)
  • Low-dimensional Topology – Introduction to the topology and geometry of 3-manifolds using tape, scissors and imagination (I-P)
  • SL(2,Z) – Linear algebra, groups and symmetries via 2×2 matrices (I-P)
  • Transcendental Number Theory (P)
  • Language Bits with Bots (P)
  • Error Correcting Codes (P)
  • Knot Theory (P)
  • Analytic Number Theory – Counting primes with Calculus (P)

And there’s more on the way – we’re especially working on a good balance of accessible classes, but this will give you an idea of what we’re thinking. We’re going to share some of our favorite subjects and make sure that every student can get a taste of them.

C&! won’t just be classes though. We’ll also have outdoor activities and daily semi-structured “lab time” where students can pick a different lab each day (or the same one every day!) from choices like: Non-Euclidean Geometry Workshop, Origami, Pencil and Paper Games, Programming Mentorship, Zometool/Geofix Projects, and more. 

We can’t wait to see you all in June!