Mathematics and Math/Science Courses 2013-2014
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.
Applies mathematics to understanding social and personal issues, with some sections focusing on a theme. Mathematical concepts include percentages, ratios and proportions, probability, descriptive statistics, and functions. Emphasizes mathematical process; uses mathematical software. Meets three periods per week, with an additional study group led by a math leader. General Education: Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry Mathematics. Introductory.
Concepts and Processes I, II, and III
4 credits each
Deepens understanding of Number and Operation; Algebraic Thinking; Geometry and Measurement; and Probability and Data Analysis. Emphasizes problem-solving, justifying reasoning, mathematical communication, representation, and mathematical connections. Intended for prospective teachers. Threesemester sequence, meets three periods per week, with an additional study group led by a math leader. General Education: Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry Mathematics.
Intensive Concepts and Processes I and II
4 credits each
Two semester intensive version of the Concepts and Processes Sequence (Math 130/131/132), intended for well-prepared students. Meets three periods per week, with an additional study group led by a math leader. Prerequisite: Passing Entry Exam. General Education: Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry Mathematics. Introductory.
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Develops understanding of elementary statistical techniques needed in behavioral sciences. Includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, percentiles and standard scores. Emphasis on sampling theory, hypothesis testing and drawing conclusions about a population from sample data. Includes study group. General Education: Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry Mathematics. Prerequisites: MAT 120. Introductory.
Algebra and Number Theory
Explores properties of number, operations, functions, and equations in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Emphasizes deepening student understanding of fundamental mathematics, as well mathematical processes. Topics include modular arithmetic; Fermat's Theorem; number theory functions; linear, exponential, and polynomial functions; and solving equations. Extensive use of technology. Prerequisite: MAT 132 or MAT 141 or permission of instructor. Intermediate.
Explores topics such as symmetry, tessellations, polyhedra, topology and Non-Euclidean Geometries. Emphasizes using physical and computer models to create meaning, developing problem solving and communication skills, and constructing convincing mathematical arguments. Includes historical information and connections to art. Extensive use of technology. Prerequisite: MAT 131 or MAT 141 or permission of instructor. Intermediate.
Probability and Statistics
Emphasizes descriptive and inferential statistics, with examples chosen from natural and social sciences and mathematics. Includes an introduction to probability, regression, and chi squared testing. Designed for Math/Science majors and minors. Not open to students who have completed MAT 170. Intermediate.
Presents fundamental concepts of calculus geometrically, numerically and algebraically. Topics include functions, the derivative and an introduction to the integral. Attention is given to using calculus to solve realistic problems. Extensive use of technology. Intermediate.
History of Mathematics
Examines mathematical problems and solutions in different historical periods and cultures. Studies some of the following: Egyptian, Babylonian, Chinese, Native American, Hindu and European mathematics from prehistoric times through the Renaissance. Considers the lives of mathematicians and contributions of both men and women. Prerequisite: MAT 230 or 245, preferably both. Advanced.
Studies some of the following: counting techniques, logic and mathematical proof, recurrence relationships, the art of enumeration. Topics include permutations and combinations, graph theory and applications to other areas of mathematics. Moderate use of technology. Prerequisite: MAT 230 or permission of instructor. Advanced.
Provides an opportunity to work on challenging, open-ended problems while exploring one or several mathematical topics in depth. Topics drawn from different areas of mathematics. Includes projects and presentations; uses technology. Prerequisite: Two intermediate or advanced mathematics courses, Jr. or Sr. standing. Advanced
Seminar in Critical Thinking
Enables students to develop appropriate research strategies, to collect and analyze data, to evaluate work in progress, to generate and present a research project and to evaluate research of peers and other investigators. Studies scientific methodology, scientific writing and the application of mathematics to science research. Technology use extensive. Open to junior and senior Mathematics/Science majors only. Advanced.