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Three years of high school mathematics, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry, or equivalent preparation, are necessary for all courses offered in the Department. Trigonometry/Precalculus is strongly recommended.

**Calculus placement:** A student who scores a 4 or higher on
the Calculus AB exam or a 3 or higher on the Calculus BC exam will
receive course credit for
MATH 130 *Calculus I*. In addition,
a student scoring 4 or higher on the Calculus BC exam will receive
course credit for MATH 140 *Calculus II*.

A student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College
may receive course credit for
MATH 130 *Calculus I*
if he or she takes MATH 140 *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.

Introductory mathematics

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An historical survey of mathematical ideas (arithmetic, geometry, algebra)
in various cultural contexts. The emphasis is on the mathematical content.
**Note:** This course is not available for credit to students
who have completed
MATH 130 or equivalent. These students are referred,
instead, to MATH 280.
*Prerequisite: LBST 100*.

A survey of mathematics used to solve current problems,
including analysis of political and social structures, problem
solving, and abstraction.
Topics may include voting methods, power
distributions, apportionment, fair division, graph theory, coding theory,
scheduling, personal finance, geometry/fractals, and statistics.

Study of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions
within the context of mathematical modeling.

Study of limits, differentiation, and integration of functions of one variable.
*Prerequisite: MATH 120 or its equivalent*.

Further aspects of integration of functions of one variable. Infinite series.
*Prerequisite: MATH 130 or advanced placement*.

Practical sessions in solving challenging problems in mathematics
(possible sources: periodicals, problem collection books, or Putnam
exams). The class meets biweekly to discuss solutions and receive new
assignments. Most problems are solved between sessions, individually or
in groups. A student receives one course credit after four semesters of
successful problem solving.
*Prerequisite: MATH 130 or MATH 140
or consent of instructor.*

An introduction to some of the mathematical and statistical
methods used in the analysis of social and natural scientific
phenomena with an emphasis on the interpretation of experimental
and survey data. Topics include elementary and combinatorial
designs, basic statistical methods, correlation and inference,
and regression analysis. Applications to the students' major
disciplines are included throughout the course as well as in
a culminating project. *(This course will ***not** satisfy any
requirements for a major or minor in mathematics. Students may not
receive credit for both this course and another introductory
statistics course such as PSYC 290 or BUSI 250.)
*Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.*

Intermediate mathematics

Vectors and coordinate systems in two and three dimensions, vector-valued
functions, functions of several variables, extrema, multiple integrals,
vector fields, including fundamental theorems of vector calculus. This
course has an emphasis on developing geometric intuition. Offered
in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 140 or consent of instructor.*

An introduction to the discrete paradigm in mathematics and computer
science. Topics include induction, recursion, logic, algorithmic
problem-solving, graph theory, asymptotic analysis of
algorithms, number theory, and counting techniques.
*Prerequisite: MATH 130 or consent of instructor.*

Study of ordinary differential equations and systems of equations, through
the use of analytic, qualitative/geometric, and numerical techniques.
Applications from physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, economics,
and psychology are presented.
*Prerequisite: MATH 140.*

Solving linear systems, matrix algebra, vector spaces and linear
transformations, eigenvectors, orthogonality.
*Prerequisite: MATH 130.*

A survey of mathematical ideas and discoveries in their historical context.
The course combines mathematics (proofs and problems) with readings
on its development. Offered in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 130 or consent of instructor.*

Advanced mathematics

Theory of probability and mathematical statistics including an
introduction to basic concepts of probability theory,
discrete and continuous random variables,
distribution theory, moment-generating functions,
and the Central Limit Theorem. Other topics may include the
theory of statistical inference, point estimation, confidence
intervals, regression, hypothesis testing, and analysis of
variance. Offered in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 140.*

Introduction to classical algebraic systems and their morphisms. Topics
include groups, rings, fields, substructures, ideals, homomorphisms, and
quotients. Offered in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 290.*

Continues the ideas of counting, graph theory, and algorithms from
Mathematics 240. Topics may include Ramsey Theory,
designs, coding theory, generating functions, and optimization.
Offered in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 240 or MATH 290.*

A rigorous study of the structure of the real line and the properties
of real-valued functions. Topics include sequences, limits, continuity,
differentiabililty, and integrability. Offered in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 290.*

Methods used to model, gather, interpret, and evaluate data
critically. Topics may incude model building, signal processing,
numerical analysis, and stochastic processes.
*Prerequisite: MATH 140.*

Analytic topics that extend the fundamental ideas in
Mathematics 350 will be presented.
Offered in alternate years.
*Prerequisite: MATH 350.*

Faculty-student seminar. Content varies according to the interests of
the participants and instructor. Past offerings include Great Theorems in
Mathematics and Their Proofs, Dynamical Systems, Number Theory, Topology,
Wavelets and Wavelet Transforms, Complex Variables, and
Introduction to Category Theory.
*Prerequisite: consent of instructor.*

A required seminar for all senior mathematics majors which meets
throughout the academic year. Each student will develop an individual
research project under the direction of a faculty member and present the
results both orally and in written form.
*Students also majoring in computer science should enroll in
CSCI 497 in one
semester and MATH 497 in the other.*