Mathematics Advising

For first-year students

Students entering Hendrix have five options for a first mathematics course:

MATH 110 Mathematics in a Global Context,
MATH 115 Mathematics in Contemporary Issues,
MATH 215 Statistical Analysis,
MATH 120 Functions and Models, and
MATH 130 Calculus I.

MATH 130 Calculus I (QS, NS) contains standard topics in beginnning calculus. It is required for chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics majors and recommended for all students considering majors/careers in natural sciences, medicine, or economics.

MATH 120 Functions and Models (QS) deals with the elementary functions, graphs, and equations and considers their applications. Its purpose is to provide the necessary background for calculus. Students who do not intend to take calculus should consider other alternatives (MATH 110, MATH 115, or MATH 215).

MATH 110 Mathematic in a Global Context (HP, QS) is designed for students with no calculus background. It studies mathematical ideas in historical contexts (e.g. ancient Near East, Greece, China, medieval Islam, Europe), some of which are introduced in LBST 100. It is suitable for students considering a major in humanities or social sciences (except business/economics).

MATH 115 Mathematics in Contemporary Issue (CW, QS, SB) studies applications of mathematics in contemporary social contexts. The course does not require heavy use of algebraic techniques. It is suitable for students considering a major in social sciences (except business/economics) or humanities.

MATH 215 Statistical Analysis (QS) studies basic statistical methods, correlation, and regression analysis while introducing the student to modern statistical software. The course is required for majors in Politics and International Relations and is an option for the statistics requirement for other social science majors. First-year students may not take MATH 215.

The department will recommend one or more of the above courses for each entering student. The department's recommendation is based on a review of the student's record and is provided in the student's permanent folder, on file in the Office of the Registrar. The information in the record is often insufficient for making a recommendation. The guidelines above are given to help the advisor and the student to make a good choice based on the student's interests and goals.

Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those scoring 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for MATH 130 Calculus I. Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for both MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 140 Calculus II.

Special consideration is made for students with transfer credit. A student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College may receive course credit for Calculus I if he or she takes Calculus II, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade of C or better. Alternatively, a student may receive course credit for MATH 140 Calculus II if he or she takes MATH 230 Multivariable Calculus or MATH 260 Differential Equations, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade of C or better. Faculty advisors are urged to direct further questions by the student to mathematics faculty.

Students enrolled in Calculus I and who experience unexpected serious difficulties early in the course may be allowed to change back into a lower level mathematics course.

Students enrolled in Calculus I and Calculus II are advised to obtain a programmable graphing calculator. Any brand or model will do; however, TI-83 or TI-86 will be used for classroom demonstrations.

For majors and minors

SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:
The Senior Capstone Experience for majors in mathematics consists of either a year-long undergraduate research project and active participation in MATH 497 Senior Seminar.