Course summary of geometry and topology
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The foundation of Luecke’s course M: 396 Geometry and Topology is that collaboration amongst mathematicians and biologists caused tremendous gains in DNA research. The field of topology has led to significant strides in understanding of the topological properties of the genetic molecule DNA. Through the integration of biological phenomena and knowledge of topology and Euclidean geometry, biologists can describe and quantize enzyme mechanisms and therefore determine enzyme mechanisms causing the changes. Understanding mathematical applications in contexts outside of mathematics on any level helps to explain why mathematics is a core content area in primary and secondary education. Requiring secondary educators to take such a course could result in mathematics taught with real world application on the secondary level as well as on the graduate level, as shown in Luecke’s course.