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MATH105Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical AnalysisAn introduction to some of the quantitative techniques used to clarify ordinary experience and to some of the statistical ideas used to shape public policy and human sciences, with emphasis on the concepts involved in producing, organizing, and drawing conclusions from data. Does not count toward the major or minor. Not open to students who already have credit from ANSO-212, MATH-260, or MATH-261.
MATH110Calculus I with Review, Part 1MATH 110 and 111 cover in two terms the material covered in Mathematics 112. In addition, topics from precalculus mathematics are reviewed and practiced as needed. Precalculus topics include: algebra and analytic geometry; linear, quadratic, polynomial and rational functions; and trigonometric functions. Enrollment is restricted to those who were advised to take Math 110-111 on the basis of the department's placement examination. The two-term Math 110-111 sequence serves as an alternate prerequisite for all college courses requiring MATH 112.
MATH111Calculus I with Review, Part 2This course continues the study of calculus begun in MATH 110. Review of precalculus mathematics continues as needed. Prerequisite: Take MATH-110 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH112Calculus IDifferential calculus of single-variable functions: limits, derivatives, differentiation rules, related rates, optimization. An emphasis on problem solving using the tools of differential calculus with application to the natural and social sciences. Prerequisite: Math Placement Exam Required
MATH113Calculus IIIntegral calculus of single-variable functions: the fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, infinite sequences and series. An emphasis on problem solving using the tools of integral calculus with application to the natural and social sciences. Prerequisite: MATH-112 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH214Calculus IIISeries, vectors in two and three dimensions, and integral and differential calculus of functions of several variables. Prerequisite: MATH-113 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH240Linear Algebra and VectorsStudy of vector spaces, matrices, determinants, linear transformations, systems of equations and eigenvalues. Prerequisite: MATH-113 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH250Discrete MathematicsIntroduction to formal structures and mathematical reasoning. Graphs, sets, logic, induction, structure of mathematical proof, counting, relations, and algebraic structures. Prerequisite: MATH-112 and one computer science course. All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH260Applied Statistics IIntroduction to statistics including methods of data collection and description, correlation and regression, chance, and statistical inference. The course makes extensive use of technology and is designed for students in the behavioral, biological, and social sciences. Does not count towards the major or minor in mathematics. Not open to students who already have credit from MATH-261Prerequisite: Not open to students who already have credit from MATH-261
MATH261BiostatisticsIntroduction to statistics with particular attention to applications in biology and health sciences. Topics include sampling methods, design of experiments, exploratory data analysis, estimation, tests of significance, ANOVA, and correlation and regression analysis. BIOL 112 and 123 highly recommended.Prerequisite: Not open to students who already have credit from MATH-260
MATH/PHYS270Nonlinear Dynamics and ChaosDynamical systems are mathematical objects used to model phenomena of natural and social phenomena whose state changes over time. Nonlinear dynamical systems are able to show complicated temporal, spatial, and spatiotemporal behavior. They include oscillatory and chaotic behaviors and spatial structures including fractals. Students will learn the basic mathematical concepts and methods used to describe dynamical systems. Applications will cover many scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, economics, and other social sciences. Appropriate for Math or Physics Majors. Either MATH 305 or this course, but not both, may be counted towards the major in mathematics.
MATH280Differential Equations and Numerical MethodsIntroduction to key concepts underlying analytical methods for the solution of ordinary differential equations and first-order systems studied together with techniques for constructing approximate numerical solutions. Prerequisite: MATH-214 and MATH-240 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH/COMP300Automata, Formal Languages, and ComputabilityStudy of automata as mathematical models of computation; of formal languages, which play a central role in the specification and translation of programming languages; and of the fundamental capabilities and limitations of computers.Prerequisite: MATH-250 or MATH-330, and 1 COMP course All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH/IDSY305/PHYS 482Dynamic Models in Social ScienceThe study of why mathematical and computational methods are important in understanding social phenomena, and how different social phenomena can be described by proper mathematical models. Specifically, applications of the theory of dynamical systems will be presented. Designed for math/science and social science students. Either MATH/PHYS 270 or this course, but not both, may be counted towards the major in mathematics.Prerequisite: MATH-113 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH310Complex and Vector VariablesGeneralizations of differentiation and integration to spaces of higher dimension: divergence, curl, and the classical integration theorems of multivariable calculus. Introduction to analytic functions of a complex variable, including Laurent series, Cauchy's formula, and conformal mapping. Prerequisite: MATH-214 and MATH-240 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH314Topics in GeometryStudy of selected topics in geometry including projective planes and affine planes, Euclid's parallel postulate, and hyperbolic geometry. This course will also focus on developing proof writing skills. Prerequisite: MATH-214 and MATH-240 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH316Topics in Number TheoryStudy of classical number theory including distribution of primes, congruences, the Euler Phi function, and quadratic reciprocity. This course will also focus on developing proof writing skills. Prerequisite: MATH 214 and MATH 240
MATH318Topics in TopologyAn introduction to topological spaces including the study of connectedness, metric spaces, and compactness. This course will also focus on developing proof writing skills.Prerequisite: MATH-214 MATH-240; All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH320Real Analysis IIntroduction to basic topological concepts in metric spaces followed by rigorous development of classical real analysis including sequences and series of functions, continuity, differentiability, and Reimann-Stieltjes integration. This course is among the most theoretical in our curriculum. Before enrolling, students are strongly encouraged to complete MATH 250, MATH 310, MATH 314, or MATH 316. Prerequisite: MATH-214 and MATH-240 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH330Abstract Algebra IStudy of modern abstract algebra including groups, rings, fields, and other algebraic structures together with advanced topics of linear algebra. This course is among the most theoretical in our curriculum. Before enrolling, students are strongly encouraged to complete MATH 250, MATH 310, MATH 314, or MATH 316.Prerequisite: MATH-214 and MATH-240 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH360Applied Statistics IIThis course uses real data case studies to review descriptive statistics and to explore statistical inference for means, proportions, and transformations; analysis of variance; and regression. Statistical software is used throughout. The course is recommended both for students planning to do graduate coursework in the behavioral, biological, and social sciences and for mathematics majors seeking a comprehensive introduction to statistical methods.Prerequisite: 200-level math course. All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH362ProbabilityStudy of mathematical theory of probability. Topics include data analysis, discrete and continuous sample spaces, combinatorial problems, random variables, probability densities and distributions, expected value, moment-generating functions, functions of a random variable, sampling distributions, and the central limit theorem. Prerequisite: MATH-113 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH365Mathematical StatisticsStudy of statistical inference. Topics include sampling theory, point and interval estimations, hypothesis testing, and regression. Stochastic processes, analysis of variance, simple experimental design, and nonparametric statistics may also be included. Prerequisite: MATH-362 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH420Real Analysis IIContinuation of MATH 320. .Prerequisite: MATH-320 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH430Abstract Algebra IIContinuation of MATH 330. Prerequisite: MATH-330 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH440Linear Algebra IITreatment of topics such as linear equations, orthogonal projections and least squares, pseudoinverses, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization, canonical forms of linear transformations, positive definite matrices, the norm of a matrix, linear programming, and game theory.Prerequisite: MATH-240 All course prerequisites must be met with a minimum grade of C-.
MATH450/COMP 485Topics in Pure and Applied MathematicsReadings in pure and applied mathematics. Content varies from year to year. Possible topics include: set theory, number theory, geometry, topology.Prerequisite: Vary with Topic
MATH593Senior Individualized ProjectEach program or department sets its own requirements for Senior Individualized Projects done in that department, including the range of acceptable projects, the required background of students doing projects, the format of the SIP, and the expected scope and depth of projects. See the Kalamazoo Curriculum -> Senior Individualized Project section of the Academic Catalog for more details.Prerequisite: Permission of department and SIP supervisor required.