Students may complete a major or minor in mathematics. With the major, students may complete the requirements for secondary school certification. Majors may complete an M.A. in mathematics, if accepted into the combined A.B./M.A. program, or may enter the 3-2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology.
Leslie C. Cheng, Assistant Professor (on leave 2005-06)
Mary Louise Cookson, Instructor (on leave semester II)
Victor J. Donnay, Professor
Todd Drumm, Lecturer
Jane Farella, Instructor
Helen G. Grundman, Professor
Rhonda J. Hughes, Professor (on leave semester I)
Peter G. Kasius, Instructor
Paul M. Melvin, Professor and Chair
Yibiao Pan, Visiting Professor
Elise Pasles, Lecturer
Lisa Traynor, Associate Professor (on leave 2005-06)
The mathematics curriculum is designed to expose students to a wide spectrum of ideas in modern mathematics, train students in the art of logical reasoning and clear expression, and provide students with an appreciation of the beauty of the subject and of its vast applicability.
A minimum of 10 semester courses are required for the major, including the six core courses listed below and four electives at or above the 200 level.
MATH B201 Multivariable Calculus (H121 or H216)
MATH B203 Linear Algebra (H215)
MATH B301/B302 Real Analysis (H317/H318)
MATH B303 Abstract Algebra (H333)
MATH B398 or B399 Senior Conference
With the exception of Senior Conference, equivalent courses at Haverford or elsewhere may be substituted for Bryn Mawr courses with approval of the major adviser. In consultation with a major adviser, a student may also petition the department to accept courses in fields outside of mathematics as electives if these courses have serious mathematical content appropriate to the student’s program.
Mathematics majors are encouraged to complete their core requirements other than Senior Conference by the end of their junior year. Senior Conference must be taken during the senior year. Students considering the possibility of graduate study in mathematics or related fields are urged to go well beyond the minimum requirements of the major. In such cases, a suitable program of study should be designed with the advice of a major adviser.
A degree with honors in mathematics will be awarded by the department to students who complete the major in mathematics and also meet the following further requirements: at least two additional semesters of work at the 300 level or above (this includes Supervised Work 403), completion of a meritorious project consisting of a written thesis and an oral presentation of the thesis, and a major grade point average of at least 3.6, calculated at the end of the senior year.
The minor requires five courses in mathematics at the 200 level or higher, of which at least two must be at the 300 level or higher.
Students entering with a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB advanced placement test will be given credit for Math 101 and should enroll in Math 102 as their first mathematics course. Students entering with a 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC advanced placement test will be given credit for Math 101 and 102, and should enroll in Math 201 as their first mathematics course. All other students are strongly encouraged to take the Mathematics Placement Exam so they can be best advised.
For students entering with advanced placement credits it is possible to earn both the A.B. and M.A. degrees in an integrated program in four or five years.
3-2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science
See the description of the 3-2 Program in Engineering and Applied Science, offered in cooperation with the California Institute of Technology, for earning both an A.B. at Bryn Mawr and a B.S. at Cal Tech.
MATH B001 Fundamentals of Mathematics
Basic techniques of algebra, analytic geometry, graphing and trigonometry for students who need to improve these skills before entering other courses that use them, both inside and outside mathematics. Placement in this course is by advice of the department and permission of the instructor. (staff)
MATH B005 Math Workshop
Review of arithmetic and introduction to the basics of elementary and intermediate algebra for students whose mathematical backgrounds require such support. This course prepares students to take either Mathematics 001 or Mathematics 104 immediately thereafter. Placement in this course is by advice of the department. 0.5 course credit. (staff, offered in the fall semester only)
MATH B101, B102 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I and II
Differentiation and integration of algebraic and elementary transcendental functions, with the necessary elements of analytic geometry and trigonometry; the fundamental theorem, its role in theory and applications, methods of integration, applications of the definite integral, infinite series. May include a computer lab component. Prerequisite: math readiness or permission of the instructor. Students in the calculus sequence need a grade of 2.0 or better to continue with the next course. (staff, Division II and Quantitative Skills)
MATH B104 Elements of Probability and Statistics
Basic concepts and applications of probability theory and statistics, including finite sample spaces, permutations and combinations, random variables, expected value, variance, conditional probability, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation. The computer is used; prior knowledge of a computer language is not required. This course may not be taken after any other statistics course. Prerequisite: math readiness or permission of instructor. (Pasles, Quantitative Skills)
MATH B201 Multivariable Calculus
Vectors and geometry in two and three dimensions, partial derivatives, extremal problems, double and triple integrals, line and surface integrals, Green's and Stokes' Theorems. May include a computer lab component. Prerequisite: Mathematics 102 or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II and Quantitative Skills)
MATH B203 Linear Algebra
Matrices and systems of linear equations, vector spaces and linear transformations, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, inner product spaces and quadratic forms. May include a computer lab component. Prerequisite: Mathematics 102 or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II and Quantitative Skills)
MATH B205 Theory of Probability with Applications
Random variables, probability distributions on Rn, limit theorems, random processes. Prerequisite: Mathematics 201. (Pasles, Division II and Quantitative Skills)
MATH B206 Transition to Higher Mathematics
An introduction to higher mathematics with a focus on proof writing. Topics include active reading of mathematics, constructing appropriate examples, problem solving, logical reasoning and communication of mathematics through proofs. Students will develop skills while exploring key concepts from algebra, analysis, topology and other advanced fields. Corequisite: Mathematics 203; not open to students who have had a 300-level math course. (Hughes, Division II)
MATH B210 Differential Equations with Applications
Ordinary differential equations, including general first-order equations, linear equations of higher order and systems of equations, via numerical, geometrical and analytic methods. Applications to physics, biology and economics. Corequisite: Mathematics 201 or 203. (Donnay, Division II and Quantitative Skills)
MATH B221 Introduction to Topology and Geometry
An introduction to the ideas of topology and geometry through the study of knots and surfaces in three-dimensional space. The course content may vary from year to year, but will generally include some historical perspectives and some discussion of connections with the natural and life sciences. Corequisite: Mathematics 201 or 203. (Drumm, Division II)
MATH B225 Introduction to Financial Mathematics
Topics to be covered include market conventions and instruments, Black-Scholes option-pricing model, and practical aspects of trading and hedging. All necessary definitions from probability theory (random variables, normal and lognormal distribution, etc.) will be explained. Prerequisite: Mathematics 102. Economics 105 is recommended. (Drumm, Division II)
MATH B231 Discrete Mathematics
(Weaver, Division II and Quantitative Skills; cross-listed as CMSC B231 and PHIL B230)
MATH B290 Elementary Number Theory
Properties of the integers, divisibility, primality and factorization, congruences, Chinese remainder theorem, multiplicative functions, quadratic residues and quadratic reciprocity, continued fractions, and applications to computer science and cryptography. Prerequisite: Mathematics 102. (staff, Division II and Quantitative Skills) Not offered in 2005-06.
MATH B295 Selected Topics in Mathematics
This course will cover topics that are not part of the standard departmental offerings and will vary from semester to semester. Students may take this course more than once. Spring 2006: Statistics. Prerequisite: Mathematics 201. (Pasles, Division II)
MATH B301, B302 Introduction to Real Analysis I and II
The real number system, elements of set theory and topology, continuous functions, uniform convergence, the Riemann integral, power series, Fourier series and other limit processes. Prerequisite: Mathematics 201. (Pan, Division II)
MATH B303, B304 Abstract Algebra I and II
Groups, rings, fields and their morphisms. Prerequisite: Mathematics 203. (Kasius, Melvin, Division II)
MATH B311 Partial Differential Equations
Heat and wave equations on bounded and unbounded domains, Laplace's equation, Fourier series and the Fourier transform, qualitative behavior of solutions, computational methods. Applications to the physical and life sciences. Prerequisite: Mathematics 301 or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II) Not offered in 2005-06.
MATH B312 Topology
General topology (topological spaces, continuity, compactness, connectedness, quotient spaces), the fundamental group and covering spaces. Introduction to geometric topology (classification of surfaces, manifolds) and algebraic topology (homotopy theory, homology and cohomology theory, duality on manifolds). Prerequisites: Mathematics 201 and 203, or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II) Not offered in 2005-06.
MATH B315 Geometry
An introduction to geometry with an emphasis that varies from year to year. Prerequisites: Mathematics 201 and 203 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II) Not offered in 2005-06.
MATH B322 Functions of Complex Variables
Analytic functions, Cauchy's theorem, Laurent series, calculus of residues, conformal mappings, Moebius transformations, infinite products, entire functions, Riemann mapping theorem, Picard's theorem. Prerequisite: Mathematics 301 or permission of instructor. (Pan, Division II)
MATH B361 Introduction to Harmonic Analysis and Wavelets
A first introduction to harmonic analysis and wavelets. Topics to be covered include Fourier series on the circle, Fourier transforms on the line and space, Discrete Wavelet Transform, Fast Wavelet Transform and filter-bank representation of wavelets. Prerequisite: Mathematics 203 or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II) Not offered in 2005-06.
MATH B390 Number Theory
Algebraic number fields and rings of integers, quadratic and cyclotomic fields, norm and trace, ideal theory, factorization and prime decomposition, lattices and the geometry of algebraic integers, class numbers and ideal class groups, computational methods, Dirichlet's unit theorem. Prerequisite: Mathematics 303 or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II) Not offered in 2005-06.
MATH B395, B396 Research Seminar
A research seminar for students involved in individual or small group research under the supervision of the instructor. With permission, the course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Mathematics 203 or permission of instructor. (staff, Division II)
MATH B398, B399 Senior Conference
A seminar for seniors majoring in mathematics. Topics vary from year to year. (Grundman, Pan, Division II)
MATH B403 Supervised Work