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IDS 101: The Mathematics of Secret Codes: Your Librarian

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Course Description

In this inquiry-based course we will study the history and mathematics of secret codes and ciphers. Together we will become code makers and breakers. We will learn the mathematics of the RSA encryption algorithm, which is currently used to keep our online bank accounts and credit card purchases safe. By the end of this course students will have familiarity with some basic programming in Python and they will have collaboratively authored a text that explains the who, what, why and how of RSA encryption.

Source: College Colloquium Page

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John Repplinger

John Repplinger
(Science Librarian)

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My Specialties: Archeology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Exercise & Health Sciences, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Science (General)