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Program goals

Recipients of an undergraduate degree in mathematics study:

  • real analysis in one and several variables,
  • linear algebra and the theory of vector spaces,
  • several mathematical topics at the junior and senior level,
  • in
    depth at least one advanced topic of mathematics, an approved two-course
    sequence.

In addition, students acquire the ability and skills to:

  • develop and write direct proofs, proofs by
    contradiction, and proofs by induction,
  • formulate definitions and give examples and
    counterexamples,
  • read mathematics without supervision,
  • follow and explain algorithms,
  • apply mathematics to other fields.

Finally, recipients of an undergraduate degree in mathematics learn about research in mathematics.

LaTeX

LaTeX samples
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It's time to learn to use LaTeX!
  1. First you need to install it on your machine.
    • For Mac OS X users, I suggest MacTeX. Click on the "MacTeX.mpkg.zip" link, download the file to your machine and run it. (You will need to unzip it first.)
    • For Windows users, I suggest proTeXt. This is a superset of MiKTeX but easier to install.
    • For Linux users, most Linux distributions come with TeX; otherwise I recommend TeX Live.
  2. The Not so short introduction to LaTeX is a very handy reference. It's worth reading Chapters 1.1-1.4 and then reading the first couple of pages of Chapter 2. All of the math symbols we'll need are in Chapter 3.Once you have LaTeX installed on your machine, open up TeXShop (Mac), TeXWorks (Windows), or your favorite Linux text editor. Download the following sample tex file and try to compile it: Sample File. (In TeXShop and TeXworks, look under the menu option "Typeset" and click on LaTeX.)