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Math 214  Applied Linear Algebra
Prerequisites:  Math 116, 156, 176, 186, or 296 

Credit:  4 Credits. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Math 217, 417, 419, or 420. 
Background and Goals: 
An introduction to matrices and linear algebra. This course covers the basics needed to understand a wide variety of applications that use the ideas of linear algebra, from linear programming to mathematical economics. The emphasis is on concepts and problem solving. The sequence 214215 is not for math majors. It is designed as an alternate to the sequence 215216 for engineering students who need more linear algebra and less differential equations background. 
Content:  An introduction to the main concepts of linear algebra… matrix operations, echelon form, solution of systems of linear equations, Euclidean vector spaces, linear combinations, independence and spans of sets of vectors in Euclidean space, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, similarity theory. There are applications to discrete Markov processes, linear programming, and solutions of linear differential equations with constant coefficients. 
Math 215  Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites:  Math 116, 156, 176, 186, or 296 

Credit:  4 Credits. Credit is granted for only one course among Math 215 and 285. 
Background and Goals: 
The sequence Math 115116215 is the standard complete introduction to the concepts and methods of calculus. It is taken by the majority of students intending to concentrate in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields. The emphasis is on concepts and solving problems rather than theory and proof. 
Content:  Topics include vector algebra and vector functions; analytic geometry of planes, surfaces, and solids; functions of several variables and partial differentiation; line, surface, and volume integrals and applications; vector fields and integration; Green’s Theorem, Stokes’ Theorem, and Gauss' Theorem. There is a weekly computer lab. 
Math 216  Introduction to Differential Equations
Prerequisites:  Math 116, 156, 176, 186, or 296 

Credits:  4 Credits. Credit is granted for only one course among Math 216, 286, and 316. 
Background and Goals: 
For a student who has completed the calculus sequence, there are two sequences which deal with linear algebra and differential equations: 216&417 (or 419) and 217&316. The sequence 216&417 emphasizes problemsolving and applications and is intended for students of engineering and the sciences. Mathematics majors and other students who have some interest in the theory of mathematics should elect the sequence 217&316. 
Content:  Math 216 is a basic course on differential equations, intended for engineers and other scientists who need to apply the techniques in their work. The lectures are accompanied by a computer lab and recitation section where students have the opportunity to discuss problems and work through computer experiments to further develop their understanding of the concepts of the class. Topics covered include some material on complex numbers and matrix algebra, first and second order linear and nonlinear systems with applications, introductory numerical methods, and elementary Laplace trans form techniques. 
Math 217  Linear Algebra
Prerequisites:  Math 215 or 285 

Credit:  4 Credits. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Math 419 or 420. 2 credits granted to those who have completed Math 214 or 417. 
Background and Goals:  For a student who has completed the calculus sequence, there are two sequences which deal with linear algebra and differential equations: Math 216 & 417 (or 419) and Math 217 & 316. The sequence 216 & 417 emphasizes problemsolving and applications and is intended for students of Engineering and the sciences. Mathematics majors and other students who have some interest in the theory of mathematics should elect the sequence 217 & 316. These courses are explicitly designed to introduce the student to both the concepts and applications of their subjects and to the methods by which the results are proved. 
Content:  The topics covered include: systems of linear equations; matrix algebra; vectors, vector spaces, and subspaces; geometry of Rn; linear dependence, bases, and dimension; linear transformations; Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors; diagonalization; inner products. Throughout there will be an emphasis on the concepts, logic, and methods of theoretical mathematics. 
Math 285  Honors Calculus III
Prerequisites:  Math 156, 176, 186, or permission of instructor 

Credit:  4 Credits. Credit is granted for only one course among Math 215 and 285. 
Background and Goals: 
The sequence Math 185186285286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors Program. 
Content:  Topics include vector algebra and vector functions; analytic geometry of planes, surfaces, and solids; functions of several variables and partial differentiation, maximumminimum problems; line, surface, and volume integrals and applications; vector fields and integration; curl, divergence, and gradient; Green’s Theorem and Stokes’ Theorem. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. 
Math 286  Honors Differential Equations
Prerequisites:  Math 285 or permission of instructor 

Credit:  3 Credits. Credit is granted for only one course among Math 216, 286, and 316. 
Background and Goals: 
The sequence Math 185186285286 is an introduction to calculus at the honors level. It is taken by students intending to major in mathematics, science, or engineering as well as students heading for many other fields who want a somewhat more theoretical approach. Although much attention is paid to concepts and solving problems, the underlying theory and proofs of important results are also included. This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors Program. 
Content:  Topics include firstorder differential equations, higherorder linear differential equations with constant coeffi cients, an introduction to linear algebra, linear systems, the Laplace Transform, series solutions, and other numerical methods (Euler, RungeKutta). If time permits, Picard’s Theorem will be proved. 
Math 289  Problem Solving
Prerequisites:  None. 

Credit:  1 Credit. May be repeated for credit 
Background and Goals: 
One of the better ways to develop mathematical abilities is by solving problems using a variety of methods. Familiarity with numerous methods is a great asset to the developing student of mathematics. Methods learned in attacking a specific problem frequently find application in many other areas of mathematics. In many instances an interest in and appreciation of mathematics is better developed by solving problems than by hearing formal lectures on specific topics. This course is intended for superior students who have exhibited both ability and interest in doing mathematics, but it is not restricted to honors students. This course is excellent preparation for the Putnam competition. 
Content:  Students and one or more faculty and graduate student assistants will meet in small groups to explore problems in many different areas of mathematics. Problems will be selected according to the interests and background of the students. 
Math 295  Honors Mathematics I
Prerequisites:  Permission of honors math advisor 

Credit:  4 Credits. 
Background and Goals: 
Math 295296395396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors math sequence. The emphasis is on concepts, problem solving, as well as the underlying theory and proofs of important results. It provides an excellent background for advanced courses in mathematics. The expected background is high school trigonometry and algebra (previous calculus is not required, but is helpful.) This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors program. Math 295 and 296 may be substituted for any Math 451 requirement. Math 296 and 395 may be substituted for any Math 217 requirement. 
Content:  Axioms of the real numbers, completeness and connectedness in the real line. Functions of a real variable, limits and continuity, uniform continuity, extreme and intermediate value theorems, differentiation, integration, the fundamental theorem of calculus, Taylor's theorem with remainder. 
Math 296  Honors Mathematics II
Prerequisites:  Math 295 

Credit:  4 Credits. 
Background and Goals: 
Math 295296395396 is the most theoretical and demanding honors calculus sequence. The emphasis is on concepts, problem solving, as well as the underlying theory and proofs of important results. It provides an excellent background for advanced courses in mathematics. The expected background is high school trigonometry and algebra (previous calculus is not required, but is helpful.) This sequence is not restricted to students enrolled in the LS&A Honors program. Math 295 and 296 may be substituted for any Math 451 requirement. Math 296 and 395 may be substituted for any Math 217 requirement. 
Content:  Sequences and series of functions, power series, uniform convergence, real analytic functions. Vector spaces, bases, linear transformations, dual spaces, determinants, traces, eigenvalues, innerproduct spaces, spectral theory. Limits and continuity in Euclidean space, derivative as a linear map, Chain Rule, inverse/implicit function theorems. 