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Mathematics

This concentration offers students the opportunity to discover some of the methods and ideas included in the many areas of modern mathematics. It develops competence in mathematics and in the art of effective reasoning, while also developing problem-solving skills and the ability to interpret and communicate, both orally and in writing, the results of one’s work. The concentration helps prepare graduates for future training or careers in mathematics, computer science, actuarial sciences, education, medicine, law, and economics, among others.

Curriculum

To complete the mathematics concentration, a student must take five courses in mathematics at the 300-level, including at least one year-long sequence, for a total of 20 credits.

Courses offered for 2010–2011 in support of the concentration are listed below. Additional tutorials will be offered, depending on demand.

Courses

Mathematics 320 Modern Algebra I
Mathematics 321 Modern Algebra II
Mathematics 364 Ordinary Differential Equations

Recent Senior Theses

“An Introduction to Ray Tracing”
“Linearly Equivalent Actions and their Applications”
“Strategies for Jotto”
“Representing Mathematics: Conceptual, Linguistic, and Logical Approaches to the Semiotics of the Natural Sciences”
“Non-classical Arithmetics and Calculi”
“Symbolic and Computational Aspects of Parallel and Perspective Reconstruction”
“A Mere Formality: Axiomatic Systems in Counterpoint and Geometry”
“On Quantum Computation”
“Fractal Reflections: The Theory of 0-– Schottky Groups and Their Fractal Dimension”
“A Geometrical Study of the Quintic Equation”

Faculty

William Dunbar, David Myers, David Sharpe, Brian Wynne
Faculty Contact: William Dunbar