Mathematics (MATH)

MATH-100 Precalculus

MATH-100QR Precalculus: 'Problem Solving and Quantitative Reasoning'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course is intended for students who, based on the results of their mathematics assessment and the agreement of the instructor, need to strengthen their quantitative and algebraic skills in order to be ready to progress to further mathematics, science, and economics courses. In this class students learn to translate real problems into mathematics, to solve complex multi-step problems, and to gain confidence in using logarithms, exponents, and trigonometry in different contexts.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
P. Rosnick
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: Permission of instructor. Send score from math online self-assessment and background information to Margaret Robinson, robinson@mtholyoke.edu

MATH-101 Calculus I

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course is for students who have not studied calculus and who have the necessary precalculus background. It presents rates of change and their applications, integrals, the fundamental theorem, and modeling of phenomena in the natural and social sciences. All students are required to complete the online self assessment of precalculus skills before the course begins.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
N. Gray, P. Rosnick, R. Tramel, The department

MATH-102 Calculus II

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

Topics include techniques of integration, applications of integration, differential equations, sequences, series, and Taylor series.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
M. Robinson, A. Wheeler, The department

MATH-114 Explorations in Number Theory

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

We will cover the arithmetic of whole numbers and of prime numbers, in particular, examining some of the earliest questions in mathematics from a modern perspective, finding whole number solutions to equations with several variables, deciding whether or not such solutions exist and if so, determining whether the solution set is finite or infinite. Topics include the theory of 'finite arithmetic,' converting questions about the infinite set of whole numbers to those involving just a small set of primes, using computers to examine problems numerically.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
The department
Advisory: A good grasp of arithmetic

MATH-120 Explorations in Geometry

MATH-158MM Developing Mathematical Ideas: Making Meaning for Operations

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This course provides opportunities for participants to examine the actions and situations modeled by the four basic operations. The course will begin with a view of young children's counting strategies as they encounter word problems, moves to an examination of the four basic operations on whole numbers, and revisits the operations in the context of rational numbers.

Crosslisted as: X.MATH-401
Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bent
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: For teacher licensure students.
Notes: Half semester.

MATH-158ST Developing Mathematical Ideas: Building a System of Tens

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

Participants will explore the base-ten structure of the number system, consider how that structure is exploited in multi-digit computational procedures, and examine how basic concepts of whole numbers reappear when working with decimals. They will study the various ways children naturally tend to think about separating and combining numbers and what children must understand in order to work with numbers in these ways.

Crosslisted as: X.MATH-400
Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bent
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: For teacher licensure students only.
Notes: Half semester.

MATH-203 Calculus III

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

Topics include differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
N. Gray, M. Peterson, The department
Prereq: MATH-102 or its equivalent.

MATH-211 Linear Algebra

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

Topics include elements of the theory of matrices and vector spaces.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
G. Davidoff, A. Hoyer-Leitzel, M. Robinson
Prereq: MATH-102 or above.

MATH-232 Discrete Mathematics

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

Studies some aspects of discrete mathematics. Topics include sets, functions, elementary probability, induction proofs, and recurrence relations.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
T. Chumley, J. Sidman, A. Wheeler, The department
Prereq: MATH-102 or above or COMSC-101.

MATH-251 Mathematical Experimentation: An Introduction to Research in the Mathematical Sciences

Spring. Credits: 4

A selection of projects with a goal of discovery of properties and patterns in mathematical structures. The choice of projects varies from year to year and is drawn from algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, geometry, applied mathematics, and statistics.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
The department
Prereq: MATH-102 or above.
Advisory: MATH-232 recommended

MATH-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.
Notes: The permission of The department is required for independent work to count towards the major or minor.

MATH-301 Real Analysis

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

Topics include the real number system, convergence of sequences and series, power series, uniform convergence, compactness and connectedness, continuity, abstract treatment of differential and integral calculus, metric spaces, and point-set topology.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
G. Davidoff, The department
Prereq: MATH-102, MATH-211, and MATH-232.

MATH-302 Complex Analysis

Spring. Credits: 4

Topics include differentiation and integration of functions of a complex variable, the Cauchy integral formula, residues, conformal mapping, and applications to physical science and number theory.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
The department
Prereq: MATH-203 and MATH-301 or PHYS-205.
Notes: offered alternate years at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges

MATH-311 Abstract Algebra: Groups and Rings

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Topics include algebraic structures: groups, rings (including some elementary number theory), fields, and vector spaces.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
M. Robinson
Prereq: MATH-211 and MATH-232.
Advisory: Students who have taken MATH-312RT Rings or MATH-312GT Groups may only take MATH-311 Abstract Algebra: Groups and Rings with instructor permission

MATH-312 Abstract Algebra

MATH-312GT Abstract Algebra: 'Groups'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Abstract algebra is the study of the common principles that govern computations with seemingly disparate objects. One way to begin is by studying groups, which are sets with a single operation under which each non-identity element is invertible. Examples include the integers with addition, invertible matrices of size n, permutations of a fixed set, and the symmetries of an object. Our goal is to study a definition of groups that unifies all of the important examples above and more.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
J. Sidman
Prereq: MATH-211 and MATH-232.
Advisory: Students who have taken MATH-312GT Rings may only take MATH-311 Abstract Algebra: Groups and Rings with instructor permission.
Notes: This course will satisfy the MATH-311 requirement for the mathematics major.

MATH-312RT Abstract Algebra: 'Rings'

Fall. Credits: 4

Abstract algebra is the study of the common principles that govern computations with seemingly disparate objects. One way to begin is by studying rings, which are sets with two operations, typically addition and multiplication. Examples include the integers, the integers modulo n, and polynomials in n variables. Our goal is to study a definition of rings that unifies all of the important examples above and more.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
R. Tramel
Prereq: MATH-211 and MATH-232.
Advisory: Students who have taken MATH-312RT Rings may only take MATH-311 Abstract Algebra: Groups and Rings with instructor permission.
Notes: This course will satisfy the MATH-311 requirement for the mathematics major.

MATH-319 Topics in Algebra

MATH-319CT Topics in Algebra: 'Combinatorics'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course is an investigation into the art of counting and combinatorial proof. Many mathematical formulas can be interpreted as counting some collection of objects with a particular structure. This allows us to apply simple counting arguments, and often we obtain beautiful and concrete proofs. Topics may include Fibonacci identities, Stirling numbers, inclusion-exclusion, continued fractions, and generating functions.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
J. Tirrell
Prereq: MATH-232.

MATH-329 Topics in Geometry

MATH-333 Differential Equations

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This is an introduction to differential equations for students in the mathematical or other sciences. Topics include first-order equations, second-order linear equations, and qualitative study of dynamical systems

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
A. Hoyer-Leitzel, The department
Prereq: MATH-211.

MATH-339 Topics in Applied Mathematics

MATH-342 Probability

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course develops the ideas of probability simultaneously from experimental and theoretical perspectives. The laboratory provides a range of experiences that enhance and sharpen the theoretical approach and, moreover, allows us to observe regularities in complex phenomena and to conjecture theorems. Topics include: introductory experiments; axiomatic probability; random variables, expectation, and variance; discrete distributions; continuous distributions; stochastic processes; functions of random variables; estimation and hypothesis testing.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
T. Chumley, D. Kelleher, The department
Prereq: MATH-203.

MATH-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.
Notes: The permission of The department is required for independent work to count towards the major or minor.