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Updated A.Y. 2020-2021

Course Description

One of the things we learned from the 20th century is that complex phenomena arising from social and life sciences cannot be deeply analyzed and understood unless we make use of the universal language of mathematics. This goes back to Galileo's intuition that universe be written in mathematical symbols, a principle nowadays applied to human sciences as well as to natural ones. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to those basic notions in mathematics which are essential to describe, understand and analyze possibly different models of quantitative phenomena. Main concepts and tools of differential and integral calculus are taught in order that students become familiar with functions of real variables, notions of growth, limits, rate of change, optimization, time evolution, all of them being necessary to approach mathematical models in applied sciences as well as to pursue further studies in probability and statistics. Students are expected to learn the main concepts, to practice with basic tools of calculus and to understand the use of mathematical language in applied models of real life.

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