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The Mathematics program at Martin Methodist College started in 2011. Students in the mathematics program will start by taking the 3-semester Calculus sequence. In Calculus I, students will be introduced to the ideas of limits, differentiation, and integration. The main focus of Calculus II is integration, but there is also an introduction to sequences and series. Calculus III covers multi-variable functions, looking at how these same ideas work in 3-dimensions. In the sophomore year, students will take a 2-semester sequence (Discrete Mathematics, Foundations of Mathematics) that will introduce them to logic, proofs, and other foundational ideas in mathematics. In the Junior and Senior years, students will take upper-level courses in mathematics, such as Geometry, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, and Differential Equations. During the Senior year, the student will also complete a year-long research project in some area of mathematics that they will then present.
How you will Benefit from this Program
Deeper understanding of logic, proof, mathematical systems, computation, and some understanding of how these are applied to real world problems.
Better computational skills, ability to use logic, thinking rigorously and critically about problems, ability to understand the nature of proof, better understanding of different mathematical systems and concepts.
The program helps students develop a logical and rigorous way to approach problems, gives students deeper understanding of mathematical systems and computation, and helps students to better explain mathematical ideas in written and oral form.
Many careers in mathematics require (or are enhanced) by some kind of graduate degree or extra training. There are obviously opportunities in academics and education at all levels. Mathematicians also work in diverse industries including finance, quality assurance, logistics, biotech, data management, and cryptography. Additionally, mathematicians are trained to think in a rigorous and logical manner, which is valued in many industries and companies, whether the job directly uses mathematics or not. (CareerCast.com in their 2014 listing of best careers has Mathematician, Actuary, and Statistician as 3 of the top 4 careers.)
- Students will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in mathematics, including computational ideas from calculus,algebra, discrete mathematics, and number theory, a basic understanding of applied mathematics and mathematical modeling and an understanding of advanced mathematical concepts.
- Students will have a working knowledge of logic demonstrated by the ability to construct proofs of mathematical statements and the ability to critically read mathematical proofs to detect logical flaws or unsupported statements.
- Students will be able to use appropriate technology for solving and presenting mathematical problems, including computer algebra systems and typesetting software, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of programming.
- Students will be able to communicate advanced mathematical ideas both written and orally.
- Students will have the mathematical skills and knowledge to succeed in their post-graduate plans, whether in graduate schools, employed in education, or in industry. Students will also demonstrate the ability to be life-long learners of mathematics by being able to gain new mathematical knowledge and expertise outside of the classroom.