Mathematics Department - New Math Department Courses for 2008/2009

New Math Department Courses for 2008/2009


Mathematics Undergraduate Program

These courses will be offered in the 2008/2009 academic year, but are not listed, or are not fully described, in the Undergraduate Catalogue.

    Fall 2008


  • 01:640:395 Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (3)

  • Prerequisites: Calc4; prior exposure to quantum theory will be helpful

    An interdisciplinary course under development by Professor Goldstein, first taught in Fall 2008, intended for students of mathematics, physicas, and philosophy with an interest in the foundations of quantum mechanics.

    Taught by Professor Goldstein

  • 01:640:485 Selected Topics in Mathematics: Financial Mathematics (3)

  • Prerequisites: Probability (01:640:477, 01:960:381, or 14:332:226), Differential Equations (01:640:244,252, or 292), and Linear algebra(01:640:250).

    This course will be an introduction to the mathematical techniques used in the finance industry to model and to analyze financial derivatives. The course will cover: basics of options markets, interest rates and discounting; hedging and arbitrage; pricing options with binomial tree models; risk-neutral probabilities and martingales; Brownian motion, geometric Brownian motion and the Black-Scholes formula; partial differential equations for pricing.

    The course was offered under the topics number 495 prior to Fall 2008.

  • 01:640:197 Topics in Mathematics for Elementary Teaching: Geometry (3)

  • Prerequisites: 01:640:026 or 01:640:027.

    Taught by Professor Amy Cohen. First offered in Fall 2007

    Note: For students interested in pursuing a career in elementary school teaching. May not be used as an elective for the math major or minor. Students interested in this course should also consider Math 107, and the course Math 198 given in the spring.


    Spring 2009


  • 01:640:198 Selected Topics in Mathematics for Education: Problem-Solving and Reasoning with Discrete Mathematics (3)

  • Prerequisites: 01:640:026 or 01:640:027.

    Taught by Prof. Rosenstein

    Note: For students interested in pursuing a career in elementary school teaching. May not be used as an elective for the math major or minor. Students interested in this course should also consider the courses Math 107 and Math 197 given in the fall.

  • 01:640:495 Selected Topics in Mathematics: Connections seminar for future Teachers (3)

  • For students in the 5-year Math/Ed program.
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