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Lauraanna Quinting

Carleton College is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota.
One of the most notable alumni Thorstein Bunde Veblen was an American economist and sociologist who, during his lifetime, emerged as a well-known critic of capitalism. Continue reading to learn of 10 different math courses you should check out at Carleton College.

1. MATH 101: Calculus with Problem Solving

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This course is an introduction to the central ideas of calculus with review and practice of skills needed in calculus. The course teaches helpful problem-solving skills.

Note that this course is not open to students who have received credit for Mathematics 111. The course is worth 6 credits. The professor of the course is Deanna Haunsperger.

2. MATH 342: Abstract Algebra I

William Burnside (July 2, 1852 — August 21, 1927), British mathematician, scientist

This course is an introduction to algebraic structures, including groups, rings, and fields. Students will learn about Burnside’s counting theorem. Students will also learn about polynomial equations and geometric constructions.

The professor of the course is Eric Egge. The course is worth 6 credits. The prerequisite of the course is completion of mathematics 236 or instructor permission. The course is offered in fall and spring semesters.

3. MATH 341: Partial Differential Equations

Fourier Series

This course is an introduction to partial differential equations with an emphasis on the heat equation. Students will learn about wave equation, and Laplace’s equation. Students will also learn about Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and existence and uniqueness of solutions.

The professor of the course is Rob Thompson. The course is worth 6 credits. In order to register for the course, students must have completed Mathematics 241 with a satisfactory grade.

4. STAT 220: Introduction to Data Science

the emergence of data science in PE

This course covers the computational side of data analysis. Students will learn about data scraping, clean up and manipulation. Students will also learn about data visualization using packages such as ggplots as well as other statistics software such as R.

In order to register for the course, students must have completed Statistics 120 (formerly Mathematics 215) or Statistics 250 (formerly Mathematics 275). The course is taught by professor Katie St. Clair.

5. MATH 206: A Tour of Mathematics

modern math with mode and median

This course is meant for students who are in math major. The course goes over striking ideas and concepts from modern math. However, the course does not cover any particular area of math.

The course is taught by the professor Kate Meyer. Students may take this course in the winter semester. The course is worth 1 credit and cannot be used for the curricular exploration credit.

6. STAT 120: Introduction to Statistics

linear bar graph

Introduction to Statistics and data analysis covers practical aspects of statistics. Students will learn about exploratory data analysis, correlation and linear regression. Students will also learn about sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and two-way tables.

The course is worth 6 credits. The course is open to students during fall, winter and spring semesters. The professor of the course is
Steve Scheirer. The course cannot be taken by students who have already taken stats 250.

7. MATH 241: Ordinary Differential Equations

Mathematics and Statistics – Carleton College

This course is an introduction to ordinary differential equations. The course includes techniques for finding solutions, and conditions under which solutions exist. Students will also learn about quantitative and qualitative analysis.

The course is worth 6 credits. The prerequisite of the course is completion of Mathematics 232 or instructor permission. The professor of the course is Kate Meyer.

8. MATH 240: Probability

probability with a coin and a dice

Introduction to probability and its applications covers a wide range of topics that can be helpful in many different fields such as math, finance, accounting, business and more. Topics include discrete probability, random variables, independence, joint and conditional distributions. Students will also learn about expectation, limit laws and probability distributions.

The course prerequisites is completion of Mathematics 120 or Mathematics 211. The course is offered during winter and fall semesters. The course is taught by professor Alexander Garver.

9. MATH 232: Linear Algebra

Carleton College math students

Linear Algebra covers various math topics and concepts such as vector spaces and linear transformations. Students will learn about determinants and inner products. Students will also learn about and eigenvectors and eigenvalues.

The prerequisite of the course is completion of Mathematics 120 or Mathematics 211. The course is worth 6 credits. The professors of the course are Alexander Garver and Rafe Jones.

10. MATH 207: Communicating Mathematics

Carleton College math student solving math problem on a black board

This course is an introduction to communicating mathematics to a general audience in both writing and speaking. Students will be able to practice presenting as well as get critical feedback on their work. Students will use LaTeX (which is a basic code) and Beamer.

The prerequisites of the course is either completion of Mathematics 236 or 240 (formerly Mathematics 265) or instructor permission. The course is taught by professor Kate Meyer. The course is worth 2 credits.

Carleton College offers a wide variety of different math courses. The courses range from as low level as Calculus for Problem Solving, to more specific and detailed as Communicating Mathematic, which draws both critical speaking and leadership skills.

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