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Math Courses at Mount Royal University

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Kelly Solak
26 Jul 2020
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In college, students can get pretty scared about the difficulty of the classes, especially math classes. At Mount Royal University, alma mater of Paul Brandt, math courses are part of the graduation requirements for most programs. Here are 10 math classes at Mount Royal University.

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1. MATH 1224 - Introduction to Statistics

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Introduction to Statistics is a three credit course for students to take. Topics in this class include numerical and graphical summaries of univariate and bivariate data. Basic probability, random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution are also discussed.

Randy Connolly is a wonderful professor in the math department. Prerequisites include MATH 1200 with a grade of C- or higher or MATH 0130 with a grade of 65% or higher and MATH 0131  with a grade of 50% or higher. Students have said this course is difficult but rewarding once it is finished!

2. MATH 1301 - Linear and Differential Methods

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Math 1301, linear and differential methods, is a course that is three credits. This course cannot be used as a general science option. A wonderful professor for this course is Gerry Cross, who is said to always be willing to help students understand.

This course gives an overview of linear algebra and calculus topics needed for introductory mathematical modeling in economics and other business topics. Units include polynomial, rational, algebraic, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Topics related to economics and business are emphasized throughout the semester in the course.

3. MATH 2150 - Higher Arithmetic

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This course is a three credit course for students to complete. It is also three hours of lecture a week for students to attend. Prerequisites include Mathematics 30-1 or MATH 1150 or the permission of the department.

Professors vary for this course. This course teaches elementary number theory, numeration systems, operations on integers and rational number using both inductive and deductive methods. This course is said to be difficult at first, but once you learn the language, it becomes easier!

4. MATH 2251 - Calculus I

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Calculus I is a three credit course with 4 hours lectures each week. Shawn Liu is the professor for the course. He is a faculty member in the math department who is spoken very highly of. Credit for more than one of MATH 1200 or MATH 2251 will not be allowed.

This course is made for students with some previous exposure to calculus. Topics including functions and graphs, transcendental functions, limits, derivatives, integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisites include MATH 0130 or equivalent with a grade of 65% or higher or MATH 1283 or MATH 1285 with a grade of B- or higher and MATH 0131 with a grade of 50% or higher.

5. MATH 2303 - Topics in Applied Mathematics and Data Analysis

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Topics in Applied Mathematics and Data Analysis is a three credit course for students. Prerequisites include a minimum grade of C- in both MATH 1200 and MATH 1203. Students are required to attend the 3 hour lectures each week. Faculty for this course varies each semester.

This class provides an introduction to techniques in linear algebra and their connections to science and data. Topics include orthogonal basis decomposition, singular value decomposition of a matrix, and wavelet transforms. This course is driven by applications to the analysis of big data, so students are prepared for the workforce after graduation.

6. MATH 3101 - Numerical Analysis

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In this course, the idea of numerical computational procedures and how to solve problems will be studied. The lab portion of this course includes the application to elementary problems and the computer solution of comprehensive problems. Lecture is 3 hours a week, and lab is 2 hours a week.

Peter Zizler is a great professor in the department. Methods for solutions of nonlinear equations, solutions of simultaneous linear equations, and curve fitting are main topics taught over the semester. This course is three credits for students to complete.

7. MATH 3202 - Mathematics Through the Ages

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This course is 3 credits. Students are expected to attend lecture for 3 hours each week. The only way to take this course is from consent by the department.

Faculty vary for this course each semester. This course will explore the historical development of mathematics through a variety of time periods and civilizations. Students are expected to do a major project throughout the semester.

8. MATH 4102 - Analysis I

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Analysis I is class with 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of lab each week. It is three credits for students to complete. MATH 3200 with a grade of C- or higher is the prerequisite for this course.

This course can be viewed both as a continuation of calculus and as a first course in real analysis. Topics will include the topology of Euclidean space, valued functions, the implicit function theorem, and Fourier series with applications to differential equations. Students say this class is tough, but faculty are always willing to help.

9. MATH 4111 - Cryptography

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This course, MATH 4111, gives students the fundamentals of modern cryptography. This course requires students to attend three hours of lecture a week. It is three credits for students to complete throughout the semester as well.

Topics include a review of classical cryptography, block ciphers, hash functions and public key cryptography. Bill Patterson is a highly recommended faculty for the math department. MDWF 2101 with a grade of C- or higher is the prerequisite for this class.

10. MATH 4299 - Directed Readings

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Directed Readings provide a more flexible approach for students who want to pursue and receive credit in areas of study which are of particular interesting to them. Two Directed Reading courses can be used for graduation but they must be in different areas of study. A Directed Reading cannot replicate an existing course. This course counts as a general science option and is three credits for students to complete. This is a course for senior students to fulfill requirements for graduation and finding a job.

The objectives of the Directed Reading course must be filed in the Office of the Registrar and will be made available to any institution requesting them for evaluation.

All in all, mathematics courses change depending on each university. At Mount Royal University, there are excellent courses that are made in a way to help students reach their full potential and gain experiences for future careers. Math is not something to stress about when it is taught and understood by people wanting students’ success!

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