Mathematics

Academic Division of Natural & Health Sciences

Mathematics is a powerful language that enables one to understand the physical world and to contribute to developments in our technological society. Mathematicians are in high demand in all sectors of the economy. High-tech industry and biomedical research institutions seek graduates who are skilled in programming, computation, and signal processing. Financial firms need graduates who are accomplished in mathematical modeling, risk analysis, and statistics. The field of education is open to graduates who can clearly communicate mathematical ideas orally and in writing.

The mission of the mathematics program is to provide a comprehensive course curriculum that equips students with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. Mathematics majors are generally expected to enter the program having already completed MAT 103 College Algebra (or the equivalent) with a grade of B or higher. Students lacking the prerequisite may take College Algebra and count it as a general elective when they are accepted into the program.

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Degrees

Mathematics is a powerful language that enables one to understand the physical world and to contribute to developments in our technological society. Mathematicians are in high demand in all sectors of the economy. High-tech industry and biomedical research institutions seek graduates who are skilled in programming, computation, and signal processing. Financial firms need graduates who are accomplished in mathematical modeling, risk analysis, and statistics. The field of education is open to graduates who can clearly communicate mathematical ideas orally and in writing.

The mission of the mathematics program is to provide a comprehensive course curriculum that equips students with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. Mathematics majors are generally expected to enter the program having already completed MAT 103 College Algebra (or the equivalent) with a grade of B or higher. Students lacking the prerequisite may take College Algebra and count it as a general elective when they are accepted into the program.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the program the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of basic manipulative skills pertaining to algebra, geometry, trigonometry, differential calculus, and integral calculus.
  • Articulate clear and precise definitions utilizing consistent mathematical notation.
  • Understand fundamental structures of mathematics such as sets, relations, functions, and logical statements.
  • Present mathematical arguments using various methods of mathematical proof.
  • Understand the historical and contemporary significance of mathematics in the context of other intellectual achievements.
  • Understand concepts that are used to ground and prove the basic theorems of algebra, calculus and discrete mathematics.
  • Utilize linear algebra and the concept of vector spaces as it applies to the physical sciences and industry.
  • Utilize differential equations to model phenomena in physics, engineering and applied sciences.
  • Create mathematical models to investigate unfamiliar scenarios in a variety of fields.
  • Use various technologies to analyze data and make accurate calculations.

Plymouth

Quincy

Mathematics Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • MAT 113
    • Pre-Calculus
    • 3
    This course in pre-calculus mathematics includes topics in algebra, coordinate geometry, functions, exponents, logarithms, trigonometry and analytic geometry. Prerequisite: MAT 103 or permission of instructor.
    • MAT 204
    • Calculus I B
    • 4
    Topics include a brief review of analytical geometry, limits, rules for derivatives, derivatives of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses, curve sketching, maxima and minima, optimization, mean value theorem, anti-derivatives, and integration by substitution, areas and fundamental theorem of calculus. Students will be required to complete homework assignments using a web-based computer program. Prerequisite: MAT 113.
    • MAT 107
    • Statistics
    • 3
    (Formerly MAT 207) Introduces the student to the fundamental methods of mathematical statistics. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion probability, sampling distributions, problems with the normal and t-distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Students will be required to complete homework assignments using a web-based computer program. Prerequisite: Beginning Algebra MAT 097 or Equivalent or Permission of Instructor.
    • MAT 205
    • Linear Algebra
    • 3
    This course includes systems of linear equations, matrices and determinants, vectors in 2-space and 3- space, general vector spaces, inner products, eigenvectors and Eigen values. Students will be required to complete homework assignments using a web-based computer program. Prerequisite: MAT 103.
    • MAT 208
    • Multivariate Calculus B
    • 3
    This course will focus on differential calculus in serval variables, with emphasis in Series, 3D geometry, dot and cross products, partial derivatives, the Jacobian, directional derivatives, chain rule, and maxima and minima applications, and double and triple integrals with applications. Students will be required to complete homework assignments using a web-based computer program. Prerequisite: MAT 206 or permission of the instructor.
    • MAT 206
    • Calculus II B
    • 4
    Topics include applications of definite integrals to the calculus of areas, volumes and arc length, review of substitution method, methods of integration, L’Hopital’s Rule, improper integrals, sequences and series, Taylor polynomials, Taylor series, parametric equations and elementary differential equations. Students will be required to complete homework assignments using a web-based computer program. Prerequisite: MAT 204.

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