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Kelly Solak

When it comes to school, and in particular, college math classes, students can get pretty terrified. At Auburn University, math courses are part of the graduation requirements, but the faculty is highly prepared and the courses are strategically placed in the curriculum for students to perform their best. Here are 10 math classes at Auburn University.

1. MATH 1000/1003 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA

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This college algebra course is 3 credits for students to complete. Fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions are all discussed with students in this course. This class is a good basis for students who are coming to college and are apprehensive in their skills for algebra.

This course does not satisfy the core requirement in mathematics. Students who have previous credit in any higher numbered math course may not also receive credit for this course. When students fulfill this course, they feel more prepared for future math classes.

2. MATH 1120/1123 - PRE-CALCULUS ALGEBRA

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This course has prerequisites that include A02 score of 22 or S02 score of 520 or S12 score of 550 or MATH 1000 or MATH 1003 or MPME score of 052. This is a mathematics core class for students. This is a preparatory course for future calculus classes.

Topics discussed are algebra of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic inequalities, the Binomial Theorem is also discussed to students. No credit is given to students with higher-numbered math course. Credit is given to students for only one of MATH 1120/MATH 1123.

3. MATH 1150/1153 - PRE-CALCULUS ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY

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This MATH 1150/1153 course is four credits for students to take. Prerequisites include a A02 score of 23 or S02 score of 540 or S12 score of 565 or MATH 1000 or MATH 1003 or MPME score of 060. Another option is a "C" or better in MATH 1000 or MATH 1003.

This is a mathematics core requirement course, and Algebraic functions, Exponential Logarithmic functions are all taught in detail. Analytic and geometric properties of trigonometric functions are also big points taught. Students with previous credit in any higher-numbered math course may not also receive credit for this course. Students may recieve credit for only one of MATH 1150 or MATH 1153.

4. MATH 1610/1613 - CALCULUS I

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Calculus I is a four credit course for students to complete at AU. Prerequisites include an A02 score of 26 or S02 score of 600 or S12 score of 620 or MATH 1130 or MATH 1133 or MATH 1150 or MATH 1153 or MATH 1130 or MPME score of 076. "C" or better in MATH 1130, MATH 1133, MATH 1150 or MATH 1153 is also a way to take this course.

This is a mathematics core curriculum class. Limits, the derivative of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic functions are main topics dicussed. Applications of the derivative, antiderivatives, the definite integral and applications to area problems, the fundamental theorem of calculus is also taught and touched on in the course. Students may receive credit for only one of  MATH 1610/1613/1617/1710.

5. MATH 1680/1683 - CALCULUS WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS I

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Calculus with business applications is a core curriculum math course for students earning a business degree. It is a four credit course for students to complete at Auburn. Prerequisites include A02 score of 25 or S02 score of 580 or S12 score of 600 or MATH 1120 or MATH 1123 or MATH 1130 or MATH 1133 or MATH 1150 or MATH 1153 or MPME score of at least 068.

For students in the College of Business, this covers a variety of important mathematic topics. Differentiation and integration of exponential logarithmic algebraic functions, applications to business is taught to students. Functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals are also topics investigated amongst faculty and students as well.

6. MATH 2870 - MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION III

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This class is designed for Elementary Education majors or departmental approvals for students majoring in another area. It is 3 credits for students to complete this course. It is an excellent course that reviews techniques and ways to properly teach math for many different ages and learning styles.

Mathematical insights into probability, data analysis and functions for elementary school teachers are key topics taught to students. Uncertainty, probability spaces and an introduction to statistics. Relationships, functions and change are also discussed in depth. This course is very engaging for students!

7. MATH 5200 - ANALYSIS I

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Analysis I is a three credit source for students to complete at Auburn.  Prerequisites include MATH 3100. The grade must have been a "C" or better in MATH 3100. There is a wide variety of information given to students, which can be overwhelming in this course.

Real numbers, infima and suprema; sequences and series of real numbers, convergence and limits, cauchy sequences and completeness and topology of the real line are main topics taught. Bolzano-Weierstrass and Heine-Borel theorems, real-valued functions of a real variable, continuity and uniform continuity are also dicussed for students. There is quite the emphasis on proofs in this course for students.

8. MATH 5380 - INTERMEDIATE EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY I

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Intermediate Euclidean Geometry I is a three credit course for students to take. Prerequisites include MATH 2630 or MATH 2637 or MATH 2730. This class requires a basis from high school geometry and knowledge from the required prerequisite courses.

Fundamental concepts and theorems of Euclidean geometry, introduction to higher dimensions are all shown to students. Regular polygons and polyhedra, symmetry groups, convexity, geometric extremum problems are covered in units of detail in this course. Geometric transformations and their invariants is a very hard topic in this course for students to understand.

9. MATH 5670 - PROBABILITY AND STOCHASTIC PROCESSES I

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Probability and Stochastic Processes I is a three credit course for students offered at AU. Prerequisites include MATH 2630 or MATH 2637 or MATH 2730. Credit will not be given for both MATH 5670 and STAT 5670 if this course is taken and passed.

Random variables, discrete and absolutely continuous distributions are the key foundation topics of this course. Poisson process, expectation and conditional expectation as well as moment generating functions, limit distributions are taught as well. There is an emphasis on probabilistic reasoning and problem solving in this course for students to know.

10. MATH 6690 - INTRODUCTION TO CHAOTIC AND RANDOM PHENOMENA

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 MATH 6690 is a three credit course for students to fulfill at Auburn. Prerequisite courses include MATH 1620 or MATH 1623 or MATH 1627. Credit will not be given for both MATH 6690 and STAT 6690. It completes only one or the other of the credit requirements.

Topics taught to students include, Stochastic properties of random phenomena in computational complexity, data analysis, and chaotic nonlinear systems. Computer simulation and experimenting within Mathematica, supported by Internet resources are also discussed in great detail to students. Professors are really interested in helping students understand topics in this course!

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In conclusion, mathematics courses change depending on each university. Auburn University has excellent courses that are organized in a way to help students reach their full potential and gain information for future careers. Math is not so bad when you are being taught by educated professionals and have an organized curriculum to follow.

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