Academics - Courses in Mathematics & Statistics Department
- 100 Mathematics in the Contemporary World
- (3). F and S. core. An introduction to the nature and variety of mathematics results and methods, mathematics models and their applications, and to the interaction between mathematics and culture. Not open to mathematics and natural science majors.
- 110 Pre-calculus Mathematics
- (4). F. A course in elementary functions to prepare students for the calculus sequence. Topics include the properties of the real number system, inequalities and absolute values, functions and their graphs, solutions of equations, polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, exponential, and logarithm functions. Prerequisite: Three years of college preparatory mathematics (excluding statistics courses).
- 132 Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
- (4). F and S. Functions, limits,and derivatives. Applications of derivatives to maximum-minimum problems, exponential and logarithmic functions, integrals, and functions of several variables. Not open to those who have completed Mathematics 161. Prerequisite: Mathematics 143 or permission of instructor.
- 143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
- (4). F and S. core. An introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business, economics, and the social and life sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression.
- 156 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
- (4). F. An introduction to a number of topics in discrete mathematics that are particularly useful for work in computer science, including propositional logic, sets, functions, counting techniques, models of computation and graph theory. Applications in computer science. Prerequisite: Computer Science 108 or permission of the instructor.
- 162 Techniques of Integration, Introduction to Infinite Series, and Multivariate Calculus.
- (4). F and S, honors section. Techniques of integration; rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems; vectors; partial derivatives; multiple integrals; and an introduction to sequences and series. Prerequisite: completion of Mathematics 160 or 161 with a grade of C- or above. Laboratory.
This course is being replaced by Mathematics 172 and is offered for the last time in the Fall semester of 2009. First year students should enroll in Mathematics 172.
- 169 Elementary Functions and Calculus
- (4) F. Mathematics 169 and 170 together serve as an alternative to Mathematics 171 for students who have completed four years of high school mathematics but who are not ready for calculus. Placement in Mathematics 169 or 171 is determined by a calculus readiness test that is administered to incoming first-year students during orientation. Topics include functions and their graphs, polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, limits, derivatives. Prerequisite: four years of high school mathematics.
- 170 Elementary Functions and Calculus II
- (3), Interim, core. A continuation of Mathematics 169. Topics include derivatives, applications of derivatives, and integrals. Historical and philosophical aspects of calculus are integrated with the development of the mathematical ideas, providing a sense of the context in which calculus was developed.
Prerequisite: Mathematics 169.
- 171 Calculus I
- (4). F and S, core. This courseserves as an introduction to calculus. Topics include functions, limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and integrals. Historical and philosophical aspects of calculus are integrated with the development of the mathematical ideas, providing a sense of the context in which calculus was developed. Prerequisite: either four years of college preparatory mathematics or Mathematics 110.
A calculus readiness test is administered by the department during orientation and some students may be placed in 169 on the basis of that test.
- 172 Calculus II
- (4). F and S, honors section. Techniques of integration; applications of integration; infinite sequences and series;
parametric equations and polar coordinates; vectors and the geometry of space. Prerequisite: Mathematics 170 or 171. First-year students with advanced placement credit for 171 should normally enroll in section AP.
- 190 First-Year Seminar in Mathematics
- (1). F. An introduction in seminar format to several different topics in mathematics not otherwise
part of the undergraduate program. Topics vary by semester, but will include both classical and recent results and both
theoretical and applied topics. The goals of the course are to acquaint students with the breadth of mathematics and to provide opportunity for students interested in mathematics to study these topics together.
All first-year students interested in mathematics (regardless of prospective major program) are welcome to register. This course will be graded on a credit/no-credit basis.
- 201 Quantitative Methods for Management
- (4). F and S. Linear programming: basic concepts, spreadsheet modeling, applications. Network optimization, decision analysis, queuing, computer simulations. Prerequisite: Information Systems 171, Business 160, Mathematics 143. Open to first year students only with permission of instructor.
- 221 The Real Number System and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
- (4). F and S. core. This course provides prospective elementary school teachers with background needed for teaching elementary mathematics. Both content and methodology relevant to school mathematics are considered. Topics covered include the real number system and its sub-systems. Pedagogical issues addressed include the nature of mathematics and of mathematics learning and the role of problem solving and the impact of technology in the elementary school mathematics curriculum. Prerequisites: not open to first year studentsexcept by permission of the instructor.
- 222 Geometry, Probability, Statistics, and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
- (4). F and S. This course is a continuation of Mathematics 221. Both content and methodology relevant to teaching geometry, probability, and statistics in elementary school are considered. Topics covered include basic geometric concepts in two and three dimensions, transformational geometry, measurement, probability, and descriptive and inferential statistics. Pedagogical issues addressed include the place of geometry, probability, and statistics in the elementary school curriculum, use of computers in mathematics, and the development of geometric and probabilistic thinking. Prerequisite: Mathematics 221 or permission of the instructor.
- 231 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
- (4). F and S. An introduction to solutions and applications of first and second order ordinary differential equations including Laplace transforms, elementary linear algebra, systems of linear differential equations, numerical methods and non-linear equations. Prerequisites: Mathematics 162 or 172.
- 232 Engineering Mathematics
- (4). F and S. A study of topics from vector calculus, linear algebra, and statistics that are useful to engineers. Topics include vector fields, line and surface integrals, Gaussian elimination and matrix factorization, vector spaces, linear independence and basis, orthogonal projection, least squares approximation, descriptive statistics, probability, statistical inference, and regression. Students may not receive credit for this course and any of Mathematics 243, 255, or 261. Prerequisite: Mathematics 231.
This is the last year that this course will be offered.
- 243 Statistics
- (4). S. Data analysis, data collection, random sampling, experimental design, descriptive statistics, probability, random
variables and standard distributions, Central Limit Theorem, statistical inference, hypothesis tests, point and interval estimates, simple linear regression. Examples will be chosen from a variety of disciplines. Computer software will be used to display, analyze and simulate data. Prerequisite: Mathematics 162 or 172.
- 256 Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra
- (4). F and S. An introduction to mathematical reasoning, elementary number theory and linear algebra, including applications for computer science. Prerequisites: Mathematics 161 or 171 and Mathematics 156, 162 or 172.
- 271 Multivariable Calculus
- (4), F. Partial derivatives, multiple integrals and vector calculus. Prerequisite: Mathematics 162 or 172.
- 301 The Foundations of Geometry
- (3). S. A study of Euclidean and hyperbolic geometries from an axiomatic viewpoint. Additional
topics include transformations, and the construction of models for geometries. Prerequisite: Mathematics 256 or permission of the instructor.
- 305 The Geometry and Topology of Manifolds
- (4). F, odd years. An introduction to the study of manifolds, including both the geometric topology and the differential geometry of manifolds. The emphasis is on low-dimensional manifolds, especially curves and surfaces. Topics include the topology of subsets of Euclidean space, curves and surfaces in Euclidean space, the topological classification of compact connected surfaces, smooth curves and surfaces, curvature, geodesics, the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem and the geometry of space. Prerequisites: Mathematics 232, 261 or 271 and Mathematics 231, 232, 256 or 355.
- 312 Logic, Computability, and Complexity
- (4). F, even years. An introduction to first-order logic, computability and computational complexity. Topics covered include soundness and completeness of a formal proof system, computability and non-computability, and computational complexity with an emphasis on NP-completeness. Also listed as computer science 312. Prerequisite: Mathematics 256.
Not offered 2009-2010.
- 329 Introduction to Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
- (2). S. This course introduces prospective teachers to important curricular and pedagogical issues related to teaching secondary school mathematics. These issues are addressed in the context of mathematical topics selected from the secondary school curriculum. The course should be taken during the spring preceding student teaching. Prerequisite: A 300-level course in mathematics.
- 333 Partial Differential Equations
- (4). F. An Introduction to partial differential equations and their applications. Topics Include mathematical
modeling with partial differential equations, nondimensionalization, orthogonal expansions, solution methods for linear
Initial and boundary-value problems, asymptotic expansions, and numerical solution of partial differential equations. Prerequisites: Mathematics 231 and either 261 or 232.
- 335 Numerical Analysis
- (4). S, odd years. Theory and practice of computational procedures Including principles of error analysis and scientific computation, root-finding, polynomial Interpolation, splines, numerical Integration, applications to ordinary differential equations, computational matrix algebra, orthogonal polynomials, least square approximations, and other applications. Also listed as Computer Science 372. Prerequisites: Computer Science 104, 106 or 108 and Mathematics 256 or 232. Not offered 2009-2010.
- 343 Probability and Statistics
- (4). F. Probability, probability density functions; binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions; central limit theorem, limiting distributions, sample statistics, hypothesis tests, and estimators. Prerequisite: Mathematics 231, 232, 256, 261, or 271.
- 344 Mathematical Statistics
- (4). S. A continuation of mathematics 343 including theory of estimation, hypothesis testing, nonparametric methods, regression analysis, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: Mathematics 343.
- 351 Abstract Algebra
- (4). S. An Introductionto abstract algebraic systems, including groups, rings, and fields, and their applications. Prerequisite: Mathematics 361.
- 355 Advanced Linear Algebra
- (4). S, odd years. Vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, inner product spaces, spectral theory, singular values and pseudoinverses, canonical forms, and applications. Prerequisite: Mathematics 256, or Mathematics 232, or both Mathematics 231 and 261.
Not offered 2009-2010.
- 359 Seminar in Secondary Teaching of Mathematics
- (3). F. A course in perspectives on, principles of, and practices in the teaching of mathematics on the secondary level. This course must be taken concurrently with Education 346. The seminar provides a forum for the discussion of concerns that develop during directed teaching. This course is part of the professional education program and may not be included in the major or minor in mathematics.
- 361 Real Analysis I
- (4). F. The real number system, sets and cardinality, the topology of the real numbers, numerical sequences and series, real functions, continuity, differentiation, and Riemann Integration. Prerequisites: two courses numbered 231 or above.
- 362 Real Analysis II
- (4). S, even years. A continuation of Mathematics 361. Topics from sequences and series of functions, measuretheory, and Lebesgue integration. Prerequisite: Mathematics 361.
- 365 Complex Variables
- (4). S. Complex numbers, complex functions, integration and the Cauchy integral formula, power series, residues and poles, and conformal mapping. Prerequisite: Mathematics 271 or 232.
- 380 Perspectives on Modern Mathematics
- (3). S, odd years. Core: Integrative Studies. This course explores the historical development of some of the basic concepts of modern mathematics. It includes an examination of significant issues and controversies, philosophical perspectives, and problems on which math ematics and statistics , medieval studies mathematicians have focused throughout history. Prerequisites: Mathematics 361, biblicalfoundations I or theological foundations I, developinga Christian mind and philosophicalfoundations.
Not offered 2009-2010.
- 390 Independent Study
- (1-4). F, I, and S. Independent study of topics of interest to particular students under supervision of a member of the department staff. Open to qualified students with permission of the department chair.
- 391 Colloquium
- (0). F and S. Meets weekly for an hour for the presentation of various topics in Mathematics, computer science, and related disciplines by students, faculty, and visiting speakers. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses in mathematics.
- 395 Senior Thesis in Mathematics
- (1-4). F, I, and S. The course requirements include an expository or research paper and an oral presentation on a selected topic in mathematics. Open to qualified students with the permission of the chair.