Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

# Mathematics

There are two majors in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, a major in Mathematics and a major in Computer Science. The information in this section refers only to the mathematics major and minor.

Students entering Hendrix have four options for a first mathematics course:

- MATH 110
*Mathematics in a Global Context,* - MATH 115
*Mathematics in Contemporary Issues,* - MATH 120
*Functions and Models*, and - MATH 130
*Calculus I.*

MATH 130 *Calculus I *(QS, NS) contains standard topics in beginning calculus. It is required for
chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics majors and recommended
for all students considering majors/careers in natural sciences, medicine, or
economics.

MATH 120 *Functions and Models *(QS) deals with the elementary functions, graphs, and equations
and considers their applications. Its purpose is to provide the necessary
background for calculus. It is required for students majoring or minoring in the Department of Business and Economics, unless they place higher (that is, into calculus). Students who do not intend to take calculus should
consider other alternatives (MATH 110 and MATH 115).

MATH 110 *Mathematics in a
Global Context *(HP, QS) is designed
for students with no calculus background. It studies mathematical ideas in
historical contexts (e.g. ancient Near East, Greece, China, medieval Islam,
Europe) some of which are introduced in LBST 100. It is suitable for students
considering a major in humanities or social sciences (except
business/economics).

MATH 115 *Mathematics
in Contemporary Issues *(CW, QS, SB) studies applications of mathematics in
contemporary social contexts. The course does not require heavy use of
algebraic techniques. It is suitable for students considering a major in social
sciences (except business/economics) or humanities.

The department will recommend one or more of the above courses for each entering student. The department’s recommendation is based on a review of the student’s record and is available on the Advisor Record Sheet on CampusWeb. The information in the record is often insufficient for making a recommendation. The guidelines above are given to help the advisor and the student to make a good choice based on the student’s interests and goals.

Students
scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those scoring 3 or higher on
the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for MATH 130 *Calculus I*.
Students scoring 4 or 5 on the A.P. Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for
both MATH 130 *Calculus I *and MATH 140 *Calculus II*.

Special
consideration is made for students with transfer credit. A student who studied
calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College may receive course credit for MATH
130 *Calculus* *I *if he or she takes MATH 140 *Calculus II*,
with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade of “C” or better.
Alternatively, a student may receive course credit for MATH 140 *Calculus*
*II *if he or she takes MATH 230 *Multivariable Calculus *or MATH 260
*Differential Equations*, with consent of the instructor, and passes it
with a grade of “C” or better. Faculty advisors are urged to direct further
questions by the student to mathematics faculty.

Students
enrolled in MATH 130 *Calculus I *and who experience unexpected serious
difficulties early in the course may be allowed to change back into a lower
level mathematics course.

Students
enrolled in MATH 130 *Calculus I *and MATH 140 *Calculus II *must
obtain a programmable graphing calculator. Any brand or model will do; however,
the TI-83 or the TI-86 will be used for classroom demonstrations.

**Major**

Eleven courses distributed as follows:

- MATH 130
*Calculus I* - MATH 140
*Calculus II* - MATH 270
*Linear Algebra* - MATH 290
*Introduction to Advanced Mathematics* - One of the
following two-course sequences:
- MATH 320
*Algebra*and MATH 420*Seminar in Algebra* - MATH 350
*Real Analysis*and MATH 450*Seminar in Analysis*

- MATH 320
- Two courses chosen
from the following:
- Any mathematics
course numbered 230 or above
- CSCI 151
*Data Structures* - CSCI 365
*Functional Programming* - CSCI 385
*Scientific Computing* - CSCI 380
*Theory of Computation* - ECON 300
*Advanced Microeconomic Theory* - ECON 430/530
*Management Science* - PHYS 380
*Classical Mechanics*

- Any mathematics
course numbered 230 or above
- Three additional
courses chosen from the following:
- Any mathematics
course numbered 300 or above
- CSCI 380
*Theory of Computation*

- Any mathematics
course numbered 300 or above

Each
senior mathematics major must also enroll in the year-long non-credit MATH 497 *Senior Seminar*.
A working knowledge of a high-level computer language such as Python or
Java is strongly recommended.

**Minor in Mathematics**

The minor in Mathematics consists of the following 6 courses:

- MATH 130
*Calculus I* - MATH 140
*Calculus II* - MATH 240
*Discrete Mathematics***or**MATH 270*Linear Algebra* - MATH 290
*Introduction to Advanced Mathematics* - one mathematics course numbered 230 or above
- one mathematics course numbered 300 or above

**Minor in Applied Mathematics**

The minor in Applied Mathematics consists of the following 7 courses:

- CSCI 150
*Foundations of Computer Science* - MATH 130
*Calculus I* - MATH 140
*Calculus II* - At least two
courses chosen from:
- CSCI 385
*Scientific Computing* - MATH 310
*Probability and Statistics* - MATH 365
*Mathematical Models*

- CSCI 385
- Up to two courses
chosen from:
- MATH 230
*Multivariable Calculus* - MATH 260
*Differential Equations* - MATH 270
*Linear Algebra*

- MATH 230
- Other courses such
as MATH 490
*Advanced Topics*may be approved by the department when appropriate

**COURSE PLANNING:**

A student interested in a mathematics major is advised to take MATH 130 *Calculus I *and MATH 140 *Calculus II *during the first year, provided the student has received an
appropriate placement recommendation.

If the department’s recommendation is that the student should take MATH 120 *Functions and Models*, the student considering a mathematics major should take
MATH 120 *Functions
and Models*, and then MATH 130 *Calculus I*. In that case, MATH 140 *Calculus II *may be
taken during the sophomore year.

Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those scoring 3 or
higher on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for MATH 130 *Calculus I*. Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will
receive credit for both MATH 130 *Calculus I* and MATH 140 *Calculus II*. A student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix
College may receive course credit for MATH 130 *Calculus I *if he or she takes MATH 140 *Calculus II*, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade
of “C”
or better. Alternatively, a student may receive course credit for MATH 140 *Calculus II *if he or she takes MATH 230 *Multivariable
Calculus *or MATH 260 *Differential
Equations *with consent of the instructor and
passes it with a grade of “C” or better.

The sophomore year schedule of a mathematics major should include MATH 270 *Linear Algebra *and MATH 290 *Introduction to Advanced Mathematics*, (both required for the major)
and would preferably include at least one other mathematics course listed at
the 200-level or a computer science course.

Those
preparing for graduate studies in mathematics should take MATH 230 *Multivariable Calculus*, MATH 260 *Differential Equations*, MATH 320 *Algebra*, MATH 350 *Real Analysis*.

**Four-year course schedule for the Mathematics major:**

A typical sequence of courses for a four-year mathematics major appears below. A number of variations are possible. As MATH 497 is a non-credit seminar, additional MATH electives may be taken in the last year without unduly burdening the schedule. Note that most courses at or above the 300-level are offered in alternate years.

** fall spring**

**First Year **MATH 130 MATH
140

**Second Year **MATH
270 MATH
290

MATH 260 MATH elective

**Third Year **MATH 320/350 MATH
420/450

MATH elective MATH elective

**Fourth Year **MATH
497 MATH
497

MATH elective

**Modified four-year course schedule for the Mathematics
major:**

For
students who take MATH 120 *Functions and Models *in
the first semester, the following four-year schedule is a viable alternative.

** fall spring**

**First Year **MATH 120 MATH
130

**Second Year **MATH
140 MATH
290

MATH 270 MATH elective

**Third Year **MATH 320/350 MATH
420/450

MATH elective MATH elective

**Fourth Year **MATH
497 MATH
497

MATH elective MATH elective

**Modified schedule for the Mathematics major with Study
Abroad:**

For students who plan to study abroad for one semester, the following sample schedule might be helpful in course planning. Two upper-level MATH electives are typically offered each semester; hence, this schedule is easily adapted to a Fall study abroad semester.

**fall spring**

**Third Year **MATH elective [studying
abroad]

MATH elective

**Fourth Year **MATH
497 MATH
497

MATH 320/350 MATH elective

MATH elective

**SENIOR CAPSTONE
EXPERIENCE:**

The Senior Capstone Experience for mathematics
majors consists of a year-long undergraduate research project and active participation in the non-credit MATH 497 *Senior Seminar*.