• 200 Level Math Courses

    MA 203, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I

    Course champion - Dr. Bonnie Gold

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, their history, and applications to daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. This course, along with MA 204, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II, will also be of value for any student who wants a better understanding of these ideas. Focus on understanding and exploring the mathematics through problem solving, projects, group explorations, use of manipulatives, and some use of technology. MA 203 concentrates on problem solving, whole number arithmetic and theory, discrete math, integers, fractions, decimals, and algebraic concepts. MA 203 does not count towards the mathematics major or minor requirements.

    • Text: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Textbook and Explorations, by Tom Bassarear.
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    MA 204, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II

    Course champion - Dr. B. L. Bodner

    Careful examination of mathematical ideas behind the mathematics taught in grades K-6, their history, and applications to daily life. Intended primarily for future elementary school teachers to provide them with a better understanding of the mathematics they will teach. This course, along with MA 203, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics I, will also be of value for any student who wants a better understanding of these ideas. Focus on understanding and exploring the mathematics through problem solving, projects, group explorations, use of manipulatives, and some use of technology. Topics in MA 204 include fractions, ratios and percents, data analysis, counting and probability, geometry of shape, measurement, and measurement geometry (perimeter, area, surface area, volume). MA 204 does not count towards the mathematics major or minor requirements.

    • Text: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Textbook and Explorations, 4th Edition, by Tom Bassarear.

    MA 211, Differential Equations

    Elementary methods of solution, nth order linear equations, systems of linear equations, Laplace transform methods, numerical solutions, and initial and boundary value problems. Prerequisite: Mathematics 126, passed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

    • Recently Used Texts: Differential Equations, by Paul Branchard, Robert L. Devaney, and Glen R. Hall

    MA 219, History of Mathematics

    Development of mathematical concepts from primitive counting methods through the invention of calculus including the history of computers and computing. Prerequisite: Mathematics 126, passed with a grade of "C-" or higher.


    MA 221, Linear Algebra

    Systems of equations, matrix algebra, linear transformations, eigenvectors, linear programming, and computational methods. Prerequisite: Mathematics 120 and 125, passed with a grade of C- or higher, and a passing score on Gateway Exam 2.

    • Recently Used Texts: Linear Algebra with Applications, by Otto Bretsher

    MA 225, Calculus III

    Infinite series, partial differentiation, multiple integration, and associated solid analytic geometry. Prerequisite: Mathematics 126, passed with a grade of "C-" or higher, and a passing score on Gateway Exams 2.

    • Text: Calculus, Multivariable, 4th Edition, by McCallum, Hughes-Hallett et al.

    MA 237, Programming in Mathematics

    Provides an introduction to the use of technology as it applies to mathematics. A major component of the course will be to build a solid foundation in the skills needed to apply mathematical concepts to programming. In addition, the use of technology in presentations, scholarly searches, and its role and limitations in computer and internet security will be covered. Students will gain an appreciation of the important ethical and social issues involving the use of technology. Prerequisites: MA-120, MA-125, and MA-126, each passed with a "C-" or higher and a passing score on Gateway Exam 2. Co-requisite: MA-221 or MA-211 or MA-225.