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2014–2015

One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

MTH 110 Introduction to Concepts in Mathematics and Computing
This course provides an overview of common mathematical concepts and the use of the computer in applying these in practical problem solving. The basic operation of the computer is studied, as are computer logic and programming, and methods of computation that employ software tools such as spreadsheets. Other mathematical topics include estimation, statistics, algebra and geometry. Students seeking to fulfill the mathematics component of secondary-school licensure requirements are encouraged to take this course.

MTH 111 Introduction to Mathematical Methods and Applications
Concepts of algebra including polynomials and rational expressions, exponents and roots. A brief study of matrices, systems of equations and mathematics of finance. Students wishing to review basic math skills in advance of this course may do so through the Learning Center. A placement test is required.

MTH 121 College Algebra
Review of elementary algebra, equations, relations, functions and transformations, inequalities and quadratic functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomial equations and their graphs. Prerequisites: two years of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry with a grade of C or better is recommended. A placement test is required.

MTH 132 Precalculus
Relations, functions and transformations, exponential and logarithmic functions, the circular functions, trigonometric functions of angles, identities, inverse functions, triangles and applications, vectors and applications, and complex numbers. A placement test is required. Prerequisite: MTH 121 or equivalent.

MTH 151 Calculus I
Rate of change of a function, limits, continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, applications of the derivative, and introduction to integration and applications. Prerequisite: MTH 132 or equivalent.

MTH 152 Calculus II
The definite integral with applications, transcendental functions, methods of integration, polar coordinates and infinite series. Prerequisite: MTH 151 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 162 Analysis for the Business and Social Sciences
Applications of mathematics to the social sciences and business with a functions approach, applications of elementary functions, differential and integral calculus of the elementary functions, and applications of calculus. The course also contains topics selected from linear programming, mathematics of finance and mathematical modeling. Some sections require use of a graphics calculator. Students should have an algebra background at least equivalent to MTH 111 with a grade of C or better. A placement test is required.

MTH 199 Mathematical Software Tools
.50 credit
An introduction to the software tools used in the mathematics curriculum. Problem-solving and investigation techniques appropriate for the software and equipment are covered. Special emphasis is placed on what is used in the calculus and pre-calculus curriculum. The software and equipment include computer algebra systems, spreadsheets, geometry programs, graphing calculators and equipment, and the Internet. Prerequisite: MTH 152 or equivalent. Fall Term in odd-numbered years.

MTH 251 Calculus III
Vectors in three-space, quadric surfaces, partial derivatives with applications and multiple integrals with applications, introduction to vector analysis. Prerequisite: MTH 152 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 301 Discrete Mathematics
Sets, logic, functions, graph theory, trees, counting, Boolean Algebra, vectors and matrices. Prerequisite: MTH 151.

MTH 311 Introduction to Mathematical and Computer-Based Modeling
An introduction to the modeling process including creative and empirical model construction, model analysis and research using the model. This is accomplished using a problem-solving approach on a number of models of common static and dynamic problems. Prerequisite: MTH 152. Alternate years.

MTH 325 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I
Set theory; numeration systems, operations, properties and computing algorithms for whole numbers, fractions, decimals and integers, ratio and proportion. Problem solving is used throughout the course. Pre- or corequisite: EDU 104 or consent of the instructor. Restricted to early childhood, elementary education or special education majors or middle school mathematics education minors.

MTH 326 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II
.50 credit
Geometric shapes and relationships, measurement and patterns, probability and statistics and algebraic skills. Problem solving is used throughout the course. Restricted to early childhood, elementary education, or special education majors. Prerequisite: MTH 325.

MTH 331 Foundations of Geometry
Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry and the nature of proof using the axiomatic method. Designed to provide an important learning experience both for the mathematics major who needs to acquire mathematical maturity required for more advanced mathematics courses, and for prospective teachers of geometry. Prerequisite: MTH 152 or MTH 301 or consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MTH 341 Differential Equations
First order differential equations, linear differential equations, Laplace transforms, power series methods, and solution of systems of differential equations. Prerequisite: MTH 251. Spring Term.

MTH 342 Applied Analysis
Fourier Series and convergence of Fourier Series, selected topics in boundary value problems including the heat and wave equations, Laplace’s equation, and Bessel functions. Prerequisite: MTH 341. Alternate years.

MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
Statistical methods applied to economic and social data. Descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation and regression. Students wishing to review basic math skills in advance of this course may do so through the Learning Center. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been given for PSY 355, MTH 346, or an equivalent course at another college. Does not count toward a major or minor in mathematics.

MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists
Designed for mathematics and science students with an emphasis on the analysis of scientific data. Probability, probability distributions and their applications, estimation and confidence intervals, goodness of fit, hypothesis testing, experimental design, regression and correlation, analysis of variance, and nonparametric tests. May not be taken for credit if credit for MTH 345, PSY 355 or an equivalent course at another college has already been given. Prerequisite: MTH 151 or equivalent. Spring Term.

MTH 351 Mathematics of Finance
A rigorous calculus-based treatment of the mathematics of finance: time value of money, simple and compound interest, accumulation function, annuities, bonds, yield rates, amoritization schedules and sinking funds, depreciation, yield curves, duration, convexity and immunization, and definition of derivative securities. This course is intended to prepare students for the Society of Actuaries examination on financial mathematics. Prerequisite: MTH 152. Fall Term, even-numbered years.

MTH 361 Abstract Algebra
The structure of algebraic systems including groups, rings, integral domains and fields. Prerequisite: MTH 301 or consent of instructor. Linear algebra recommended. Spring Term.

MTH 362 Linear Algebra
The algebra of matrices with applications to vectors and vector spaces, linear transformations, theory of determinants and abstract Euclidean spaces. Prerequisites: MTH 251 and MTH 301 or consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MTH 365 Operations Research
Operations research involves designing mathematical models that describe and solve problems encountered in business, economics and social sciences. Topics include decision theory, utility theory, linear programming using the simplex method, sensitivity analysis, transportation and assignment problems, network models with PERT/CPM, and inventory models using deterministic and probabilistic demand. Prerequisites: MTH 151 or 162 and MTH 345. Alternate years.

MTH 381 Advanced Calculus
The real number system, functions, sequences and limits, continuity and differentiability, integration, the elementary transcendental functions, and properties of differentiable functions. Prerequisites: MTH 251 and MTH 301. Fall Term.

MTH 400 Research Methods in Mathematics
.50 credit
A course in reading, researching, and writing mathematics. This course should be taken in the junior or senior year in preparation for writing the senior paper.

MTH 421 Probability Theory
Combinatorics, introduction to probability from a set-theoretic point of view, functions of random variables, expected value, generating functions, and jointly distributed random variables. Prerequisites: MTH 251 and MTH 301 or consent of instructor. Fall Term, odd- numbered years.

MTH 434 Complex Variables
An introduction to the complex number system, the theory of analytic functions of a complex variable, Taylor and Laurent expansions, contour integration, and applications to problems in physics and engineering. Prerequisites: MTH 251 and MTH 301 or consent of instructor. Spring Term, odd-numbered years.

MTH 440 The Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics
An introduction to current methods and strategies for teaching secondary school mathematics in grades 9-12. Teacher candidates will focus on the teaching of mathematics for conceptual understanding, mathematical reasoning and problem solving; fundamentals of planning, instruction and assessment in secondary mathematics classes; use of national, state and local standards for instruction and assessment; and understanding of how to transform theory into practice to ensure that all secondary students learn mathematics. Prerequisites: SEC 310, MTH 301 or consent of the instructor.

MTH 441 The Teaching of Middle School Mathematics
Insights into modern mathematics; a survey of the changes in the field of mathematics with
an emphasis on the orientation, content, organization and implementation in the middle and junior high school program. Prerequisite: MTH 301 or consent of instructor. Fall Term.

MTH 444 Topology
Fundamental concepts of intuitive set theory and the real number system, structure of R and Rn, metric spaces and general topological spaces. Prerequisite: MTH 381 or consent of instructor. Spring Term, alternate years.

MTH 451 Senior Paper
.50 credit
This course is required of every student majoring in mathematics and is to demonstrate the research, writing and analytical skills of the graduating senior. To be taken in the first or second term of the senior year, this research paper will provide evidence of what the student has learned by having been a mathematics major in terms of knowledge, skills and insight. The topic of the paper will be selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. Prerequisite: MTH 400 with a grade of C or better.

MTH 468 Internship
1.00 or 1.50 credits
This course provides opportunities for junior or senior mathematics majors to apply their mathematical knowledge in a supervised business or industrial setting. Ten to 20 hours of work experience per week is required for one credit, 15-30 hours per week for credit of 1.50. A term project focusing on learning outcomes of the experience is required. Repeatable for credit. Approval of the department chair is required.

MTH 492/292 Independent Study
.50 or 1.00 credit
Repeatable for credit.

MTH 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of mathematics culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

MTH 498 Topics in Mathematics
Varying from term to term, the course covers subjects such as manifolds, mathematical statistics, number theory, a second course in abstract algebra, a second course in advanced calculus, or chaor theory. Repeatable for credit.
 

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