Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Mathematics Courses

MATH-10000 Mathematics Fundamentals U LA

Basic concepts underlying algebra, functions, exponents, areas, fractions, and percents. Reasoning skills required for these concepts. Word problems. Meets three hours. See also MATH-18000; credit cannot be earned for both MATH-10000 and MATH-18000. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 4. 1 credit. (F-S,Y)

MATH-10500 Mathematics for Decision Making NS LA 2b

Introduction to probability theory, mathematics of finance, and linear programming. Additional topics at the instructor's discretion. Students may not receive credit for both MATH-10500 and MATH-10600. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1, 2, or 3. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-10600 Mathematics for Decision Making with
Technology NS LA 2b

Introduction to probability theory, mathematics of finance, and linear programming. Additional topics at the instructor's discretion. Appropriate technology is introduced to present some of the topics differently and in more depth than MATH-10500. Students may not receive credit for both MATH-10500 and MATH-10600. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1, 2, or 3. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-10700 Fundamentals of Applied Calculus NS LA

Introduction to calculus with an emphasis placed on problems in business and economics. Topics include modeling data with polynomial, exponential, and other functions; rates of change and other applications of derivatives; optimization; and the definite integral. Technology, such as graphing calculators, will be used throughout this course. Completion of this course with a grade of C- or better will move students in group 3 to group 2. Not open to students who have taken MATH-10800, MATH-11100, or MATH-11200. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 2 or 3. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-10800 Calculus for Decision Making NS LA 2b

Introduction to calculus with an emphasis placed on problems in the social and life sciences. Topics include polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their derivatives; curve sketching, optimization, and rates of change; the definite integral and area. Further topics may be chosen from applications of differential equations and trigonometric functions. Not open to students who have taken MATH-10700, MATH-10801, MATH-10803, MATH-11100, or MATH-11200. Students with group 1 placement who plan to take more than one semester of calculus should instead take MATH-11100. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1 or 2. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-11100 Calculus I NS LA 2b

Calculus of functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives (problems of motion, graphing, and optimization), antiderivatives, and an introduction to the definite integral. Functions covered include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and piecewise-defined functions. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-11200 Calculus II NS LA 2b

Continuation of calculus of functions of one variable. Topics include differential equations, including slope fields, numerical solutions, and separation of variables; evaluation of integrals and antiderivatives; applications of integration; improper integrals; and series, with an emphasis placed on power series. Prerequisites: MATH-11100. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-13100 Power Algebra NS LA 2b

College algebra is introduced as motivated by applications. Students make conjectures and predictions about real-life applications and actively participate in constructing simple mathematical models. Focus on mathematical concepts and thinking rather than algebraic manipulations. Provides the skills and knowledge to take a course such as MATH-10800 Calculus for Decision Making. Upon the recommendation of the instructor, students completing this course move to group 2. Students not receiving the recommendation of the instructor have the option of taking the department exam to move from group 3 to 2. Students may not receive credit for both MATH-10100 and MATH-13100. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 3. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-13200 Dynamic Functions NS LA 2b

Using a blend of geometric, numerical, and symbolic approaches, students construct mathematical models to better understand a variety of real-life applications. A graphical and analytic analysis specifically focuses on exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric function theory, motivated by practical problems. Explores and develops precalculus mathematics while focusing on mathematics as a practical tool. Upon the recommendation of the instructor, students completing this course move to placement in group 1. Students not receiving the recommendation of the instructor have the option of taking the department placement exam to move from group 2 to group 1. Students may not receive credit for both MATH-10200 and MATH-13200. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 2. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-13500 Mathematical Art with Computers LA 2b

Focuses on mathematical concepts such as symmetry, crystallographic groups, recursive patterns, spirals, and the golden ratio as they relate to geometric design. The use of computers enables us to explore these topics without an extensive math background. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 3, 2, or 1. 3 credits. (S,Y)

MATH-14400 Business Statistics NS LA

Descriptive statistical techniques; introduction to probability; statistical inference, including problems of estimation and hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression analysis. Technology used in this course may include graphing calculators and statistical software. A student cannot receive credit for this course and PTBS-39000. Not open to students who have completed MATH-24300, MATH-24400, MATH-24402, or MATH-31600. To attain mathematical maturity, it is strongly recommended that students complete a calculus course before taking this course. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1 or 2. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-15200 Selected Topics: What Is Mathematics? NS LA 2b

Cultural approach to selected topics in mathematics. See instructor for current list of topics. Students may not receive credit for both MATH-15200 and MATH-25200. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 3, 2, or 1. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-15500 Basic Statistical Reasoning NS LA 2b

Basic concepts involved in statistical reasoning, such as sampling and experimental design, description of data, normal approximation to data, correlation and regression, and probability. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistics, rather than on how to do statistical analysis. Not open to students who have taken MATH-10800, MATH-11100, PSYC-20700, or PTBS-39000. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 3, 2, or 1; completion of one course in the social or natural sciences. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-16100 Math and Society NS LA 2b

Explores connections between mathematics and the liberal arts. Covers three to six topics chosen for their mathematical and societal component, with comparable emphasis given to each component. Only a high school math background is assumed, but students must have scored in group 2 or 1 on the math placement exam. Actual course content varies with instructor, but examples of topics are exponential growth and world population, symmetry and group theory in art and architecture, fair allocation and equity, binomial models and the death penalty, and quantitative communication and the media. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 2 or 1. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-17600 Mathematical Problem Solving with
Technology NS LA

Topics include procedural programming: loops, conditionals, procedures, and recursion. These concepts are used in mathematical contexts and applications that involve both problem solving and the use of technology. The application of Gaussian elimination to solving systems of linear equations is one of these applications. Introduces a computer algebra system and a procedural programming language. Use of spreadsheets and programmable graphing calculators may be included. Prerequisites: MATH-11100 (may be taken concurrently). 4 credits. (S,Y)

MATH-18000 Mathematics Fundamentals with Computers U LA

Meets four hours. Three of the four hours explore the same topics as MATH-10000 Mathematics Fundamentals: reasoning skills and basic concepts under-lying algebra, functions, exponents, areas, fractions, and percents. The fourth hour is a computer lab, where students use the computer to increase their understanding of mathematics. Credit cannot be earned for both MATH-18000 and MATH-10000. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 4. 2 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-19000 Selected Topics in Mathematics NS LA 2b

Topics to be determined by instructor and department. May be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Prerequisites: Appropriate to topics. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

MATH-19200 Independent Study U LA

Reading on selected subjects with frequent, informal discussions with the instructor. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

MATH-21100 Calculus III NS LA 2b

Introduction to vectors and the geometry of vector spaces. Calculus of functions of several variables: partial derivatives, gradients, optimization, double integrals. Prerequisites: MATH-11100; MATH-11200. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-21200 Calculus IV NS LA

Multiple integrals and change of variables. Line and surface integrals. Classical theorems of vector calculus. Prerequisites: MATH-21100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

MATH-24300 Statistics NS LA

Descriptive statistical techniques; review of basic probability; random variables and their distributions; statistical inference including problems of estimation and hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression analysis. A student cannot receive credit for this course and PTBS-39000 or MATH-24400. Not open to students who have taken ,MATH-31600. Prerequisites: MATH-10500 or MATH-10600 and math placement in group 2, or MATH-11100 and MATH-11200. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-24400 Statistics with Probability NS LA 2b

Descriptive statistical techniques; introduction to probability theory including counting methods, expected value, independence, and random variables and their distributions; statistical inference including problems of estimation and hypothesis testing; correlation and regression analysis; introduction to further topics chosen from Chi-square tests, multiple regression, and analysis of variance. Technology used in this course may include graphing calculators and statistical software. A student cannot receive credit for this course and PTBS-39000, MATH-14400, MATH-24300, or MATH-24402. Not open to students who have taken MATH-31600. Prerequisites: MATH-10800 or MATH-11100. 4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-25000 Problem-Solving Seminar NS LA

Techniques used in the solution of diverse mathematical problems are developed and discussed. Problems will often be drawn from national competitions such as the Putnam exam and the COMAP Modeling Competition, or from problem sections of mathematics journals. The course will be offered for either 0.5 or 1.0 credit; may be repeated for credit up to a total of 4 credits. Prerequisites: MATH-11100. Pass/fail only. 0.5-1.0 credit. (F,S)

MATH-25200 Selected Topics: What Is Mathematics? NS LA 2b

Cultural approach to selected topics in mathematics. See instructor for current list of topics. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 2; one college mathematics course or sophomore standing. Students may not receive credit for both MATH-15200 and MATH-25200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

MATH-26000 Linear Algebra, Modeling, and Reasoning I NS LA

A study of mathematical reasoning including standard methods of proof, such as direct proof, indirect proof, proof by cases, and use of the contrapositive, induction, and quantification. Functions, matrices, and matrix algebra, eigen-values, and characteristic polynomials are studied theoretically and used to provide tools in applications. Other topics, such as set theory, may be included. Tools developed may include transformation matrices, coding matrices, and incidence matrices. Prerequisites: MATH-11200 (may be taken concurrently). 4 credits. (F,Y)

MATH-26100 Linear Algebra, Modeling, and Reasoning II NS LA

Topics include equivalence relations, abstract linear algebra, abstract vector spaces, independence, bases, dimension, and linear maps. Analytic, numeric, and geometric solutions of first-order differential equations are studied. Topics in modeling such as solutions of constant coefficient second order differential equations, homogeneous and non-homogeneous differential equations, discrete dynamical systems, difference equations, and graph theory. Prerequisites: MATH-26000. 4 credits. (S,Y)

MATH-28000 Mathematica U LA

Introduction to Mathematica - its syntax, structure, and distinctive features. Use of Mathematica as a problem-solving tool for mathematics. Prerequisites: MATH-11200. 1 credit. (F,Y)

MATH-29000 Selected Topics in Mathematics NS LA

Topics to be determined by instructor and department. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

MATH-29100 Sophomore Seminar NS LA

Series of discussions presenting an overview of mathematics led by various faculty members. Should be taken by majors in sophomore year. Prerequisites: MATH-11100; MATH-11200; MATH-26000 (may be taken concurrently). Pass/fail only. 1 credit. (S,Y)

MATH-29200 Independent Study U LA

Readings on selected subjects with frequent, informal discussions with the instructor. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

MATH-30300 Abstract Algebra NS LA

Introduction to algebraic structures. Study includes concepts from group theory, ring theory, or field theory. Topics may include Abelian groups, cyclic groups, permutation groups, factor groups, ideals, quotient rings, integral domains, isomorphisms, and homomorphisms. Additional topics may be included. Prerequisites: MATH-26100. 4 credits. (F,Y)

MATH-30500 Introduction to Analysis NS LA

Topology of the real line. Continuity, differentiability, and integrability of functions of a real variable. Prerequisites: MATH-21100; MATH-26100. 4 credits. (S,Y)

MATH-31600 Probability/Statistics NS LA

Specific content varies. Topics may include some of the following: probability systems; random variables, their distributions and expected values; Poisson and the theory of Markov processes; estimation theory (point, interval, and Bayesian inference); hypothesis testing; regression theory; correlation; and time series. Prerequisites: MATH-21100; MATH-26100. 4 credits. (F,O)

MATH-34000 Operations Research NS LA

Emphasis is placed on mathematics used in applications. Specific content varies. Topics may include some of the following: mathematical modeling such as linear programming, dynamic programming, applied Markov processes, queuing theory, and game theory; numerical analysis, such as numerical solutions of linear and nonlinear equations, interpolation, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solutions to differential equations, and functional approximations; simulation such as Monte Carlo methods, continuous models, discrete events, random number generation, and statistical output analysis; applied graph theory; applied statistics; and applied dynamical systems. Prerequisites: MATH-21100; MATH-26100. 4 credits. (S,O)

MATH-36200 Modern Geometry NS LA

Rigorous development of Euclidean and hyperbolic geometry from both a metric and synthetic point of view. Some topics in transformational geometry are also covered. Prerequisites: MATH-26100; one course at the level of MATH-21200 or higher, excluding MATH-26000. 4 credits. (F,E)

MATH-39000 Selected Topics in Mathematics NS LA

Topics to be determined by instructors and department. Fulfills a required mathematics elective. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: MATH-26100 or equivalent; other prerequisites as appropriate to topics. 1-4 credits. (IRR)

MATH-39100 Independent Study U LA

Reading on selected subjects with frequent, informal discussions with the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit for different studies. Does not fulfill a required mathematics elective. Prerequisites: MATH-26100 or equivalent. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

MATH-39200 Independent Study U LA

Reading on selected subjects with frequent, informal discussions with the instructor. Fulfills a required mathematics elective. This course may be repeated for credit for different studies. Prerequisites: MATH-26100, or equivalent. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

MATH-39500 Selected Topics in Mathematics NS LA

Topics to be determined by instructors and department. This course may be repeated for credit for selected topics on different subjects. Does not fulfill a required mathematics elective. Prerequisites: MATH-26100 or equivalent; other prerequisites as appropriate to topics. 1-4 credits. (F-S,Y)

MATH-39700 Junior Seminar NS LA

Students will work with faculty on focused mathematical investigations. Research problems will be presented by faculty teaching MATH-39810 Research Experience in Mathematics. Students will attend a variety of talks related to mathematics. Weekly problem solving related to research topics. Prerequisites: MATH-29100. Pass/fail only. 1 credit. (F, Y)

MATH-39810 Research Experience in Mathematics NS LA

Students actively participate in mathematical investigation and exposition, working collaboratively on research questions. Review of relevant literature and research methods will be incorporated. Students are required to present their findings both in writing (consistent with the standards of the discipline) and in public presentations. Topics vary by instructor. Prerequisites: MATH-39700; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (S,Y)

MATH-40100 Selected Topics in Theoretical Continuous Mathematics NS LA

Emphasis is on mathematical topics in which the concept of continuity plays a key role. Specific content varies. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: topology, such as point-set topology, metric topology, geometric topology, differential topology, and manifold theory; advanced real analysis, such as sequences and series of functions, convergence of functions and integration theory; topology of the real line and function theory; complex analysis such as analytic functions, conformal mappings, elementary functions and power series, and complex integration and calculus of residues; advanced differential equations, such as ordinary equations of first and higher orders, singular solutions, total differential equations, and solution by series; fractal geometry; and continuous dynamical systems. Prerequisites: At least one level-3 mathematics course; permission of the instructor. 4 credits. (S,E)

MATH-40200 Selected Topics in Theoretical Discrete
Mathematics NS LA

Emphasis is placed on mathematical topics principally concerned with discrete entities. Specific content varies. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: number theory, such as properties of integers, diophantine equations, congruence, and quadratic reciprocity; algebra, such as advanced topics in group, ring, and field theory, automorphisms, and Galois theory; graph theory; discrete dynamical systems; and combinatorics. Prerequisites: MATH-30300. 4 credits. (S,O)

MATH-44000 Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics NS, LA

Emphasis is on mathematics in an applied setting. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: stochastic processes, actuarial mathematics, partial differential equations and applied dynamical systems, numerical analysis, and applied statistics. Prerequisites: At least one level-3 mathematics course. 4 credits. (F,E)

MATH-48000 Connections in Advanced Mathematics NS LA

Study of connections and relationships among various disciplines within mathematics. Specific content varies. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: historical development of mathematics and various philosophies of mathematics, cultural similarities and differences in viewpoints and developments in mathematics, cross-discipline approaches that combine subdisciplines such as probability techniques in number theory and random graph theory, field theory and geometric constructions, and algebraic topology. Prerequisites: At least one level-3 course in mathematics or the related discipline; permission of instructor. 4 credits. (S,E)

MATH-49000 Selected Topics in Advanced Mathematics NS LA

Topics to be selected by instructor and students. Fulfills a required mathematics elective. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: MATH-26100 or equivalent; other prerequisites as appropriate to topics. 3 credits. (IRR)

MATH-49100 Independent Study U LA

Reading on selected advanced subjects, with frequent, informal discussions with the instructor. Does not fulfill a required mathematics elective. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits.

MATH-49200 Independent Study U LA

Reading on selected advanced subjects, with frequent, informal discussions with the instructor. Fulfills a required mathematics elective. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits.

MATH-49300-MATH-49400 Honors Course NS LA

Preparation of honors thesis in partial fulfillment of requirement for graduation with honors in mathematics. Prerequisites: Honors standing in mathematics. 1-2 credits. (IRR)

MATH-49500 Selected Topics in Advanced Mathematics NS LA

Topics to be selected by instructor and students. Does not fulfill a required mathematics elective. This course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: MATH-26100 or equivalent; other prerequisites as appropriate to topics. 3 credits.