"A mathematician,
like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns.
If his patterns are more permanent than theirs,
it is because they are made with ideas."
--G. H. Hardy

Course Description from Alabama Course of Study for Mathematics: Mathematical Investigations is a course designed for students who have successfully completed the Algebra II with Trigonometry course and who choose not to continue mathematics study in the Precalculus or Probability and Statistics courses. This course may be offered as an elective for students who have completed the four mathematics requirements for graduation.

Mathematical Investigations is intended to extend students' knowledge of mathematical development. Beginning with ancient numeration systems, students explore relationships between mathematics and nature, music, art, and architecture as well as the contributions of well-known mathematicians. It extends the scope of prerequisite courses, integrating topics with an emphasis on application-based problem solving. The wide range of topics and applied problems may lend itself to organizing the content into thematic units. The prerequisites for this course are Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with Trigonometry.