Mathematics

The mission of the Mathematics Program at Fairfield University is two-fold:

We strive, as mentors and teachers, to graduate majors with broad knowledge of the principal content of Mathematics and its applications, who are aware of the historical and, when appropriate, cross-cultural development of Mathematics and the manifold connections among its subject areas, who have seen some of the connections of Mathematics to other disciplines, and who can think quantitatively and analytically. We want our majors to possess technical problem-solving skills, to have a deep appreciation for mathematical beauty and the power of abstraction, and to be able to understand and build complex logical arguments and communicate these arguments through written, visual, and oral means.

We strive to serve the mission of the Fairfield University Core Curriculum by ensuring that the student body possesses the ability to reason quantitatively and analytically, and understands not only the power of Mathematics (and especially the calculus) as the language of the sciences, but also the pervasive role of Mathematics in the arts, sciences, and other disciplines.

Student Learning Goals and Objectives

We would like our students to come away with the following:

  1. Knowledge of:
    1. The fundamental concepts underlying the major areas of undergraduate Mathematics, including calculus, discrete mathematics, real analysis, linear algebra, and abstract algebra.
    2. Applications of Mathematics to other disciplines.
    3. Mathematical content and skills needed to support graduate study and/or professions that require mathematical proficiency.
  2. Awareness of:
    1. The beauty and power of Mathematics.
    2. Connections between different fields of Mathematics
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    3. The historical development of Mathematics across cultures.
  3. Ability to:
    1. Think quantitatively, analytically, and abstractly.
    2. Understand and create logical arguments and proofs.
    3. Read mathematics with comprehension.
    4. Write and communicate mathematics clearly and effectively.
    5. Demonstrate proficiency in symbolic representation and manipulation.
    6. Use technology as a tool to solve problems .

For the student of the humanities, the social sciences, or business, mathematics at Fairfield University offers training in basic mathematical skills and their application to real world problems. However, more importantly, it attempts to make the student aware of the relationships between mathematics and other branches of knowledge, while imparting a sense of its historical and cultural value.

The mathematics major offers students a strong and broad background in undergraduate mathematics, providing the foundation for further graduate studies in theoretical or applied fields of mathematics, for advanced study in fields where strong quantitative skills are needed, or for employment in mathematics-related fields in industry or in teaching. The mathematics minor offers students an opportunity to strengthen their mathematical backgrounds.

MA 0010 Mathematics for Liberal Arts3 Credits

This course presents major mathematical concepts in an historical and cultural setting. Topics include geometry, set theory and logic, along with others that are the choice of the instructor. Students explore the interplay between mathematics, philosophy, and the arts in addition to the more traditional relationship between mathematics and the physical sciences. The course treats mathematics as an art for its aesthetic beauty and as a science, providing a mathematician's view of the subject rather than preparing students for a specific application of mathematics.

MA 0011 Precalculus3 Credits

Topics in this course include: algebra; linear, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions from a descriptive, algebraic, numerical and graphical point of view; limits and continuity. Primary emphasis is on techniques needed for calculus. This course does not count toward the mathematics core requirement, and is meant to be taken only by students who are required to take MA 0119, MA 0145, or MA 0171 for their majors, but who do not have a strong enough mathematics background.

MA 0015 Mathematics: An Exploration3 Credits

This course introduces various ideas in mathematics at an elementary level. It is meant for the student who would like to fulfill a core mathematics requirement, but who does not need to take mathematics for her or his major. Topics will vary, depending upon the instructor, but in general will include topics of both historical and current interest.

MA 0016 Concepts of Calculus3 Credits

This course introduces differentiation and integration, and shows how these ideas are related. The course illustrates how important and interesting applied ques¬tions, when expressed in the language of mathematical functions, turn out to be questions about derivatives and integrals and, thus, can be solved using calculus. The basic concepts of calculus are numerically, algebraically, and geometrically investigated, using graphing technology to illustrate many of the underlying geometrical ideas. This is a terminal core course and is not a prerequisite for any other course. Please note that MA 0011 is not an appropriate course to take before taking MA 0016.

MA 0017 Introduction to Probability and Statistics3 Credits

This introduction to the theory of statistics includes measures of central tendency, variance, Chebyshev's theorem, probability theory, binomial distribution, normal distribution, the central limit theorem, and estimating population means for large samples. Students who have received credit for any mathematics course at the 100-level or higher may not take this course for credit without the permission of the department chair.

MA 0119 Applied Calculus I3 Credits

Prerequisite: Precalculus.

Topics in this course include: foundations of the calculus; differentiation of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions; extrema and curve sketching; applications of derivatives; antiderivatives; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; and integration of algebraic functions. A graphing calculator and Wolfram Alpha are among the technologies that may be used. Students who received credit for MA 0145 or MA 0171 may not take MA 0119 for credit.

MA 0120 Applied Calculus II3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0119.

Topics in this course include: applications of the derivative, including implicit differentiation, related rates and linear approximation; integration of algebraic, transcendental and trigonometric functions; differentiation of trigonometric functions; techniques of integration; applications of the definite integral; infinite series. A graphing calculator and Wolfram Alpha are among the technologies that may be used. Students who receive credit for MA 0146 or MA 0172 may not receive credit for MA 0120.

MA 0145 Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors4 Credits

Prerequisite: Precalculus.

This course covers analytic geometry; continuous functions; derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, product and chain rules, implicit functions; extrema and curve sketching; indefinite and definite integrals; applications of derivatives and integrals; exponential, logarithmic and inverse trig functions, hyperbolic trig functions, and their derivatives and integrals. It is recommended that students not enroll in MA 0145 unless they have a solid background in high school algebra and precalculus.

MA 0146 Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors4 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0145 or MA 0171.

This course covers applications of the integral to area, arc length, and volumes of revolution; integration by substitution and by parts; indeterminate forms and improper integrals: Infinite sequences and infinite series, tests for convergence, power series, and Taylor series; geometry in three-space.

MA 0151 Functional Programming3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of programming in the functional paradigm. Functional programming is based on a view of programs as data and computing as calculation. This approach facilitates the development of programs that are concise, elegant, and free of broad classes of errors. Topics covered will include a broad introduction to computing, symbolic representation of data, recursion, algebraic data types, the lambda calculus as a model of computing, higher-order functions and type systems. Students will complete the course with both the ability to program and a useful foundation for further study of topics in discrete math, logic, proof, and computer science theory. No prior programming experience is required. May be taken as one course in the core requirement in mathematics.

MA 0171 Calculus I4 Credits

Prerequisite: Precalculus.

This is our most rigorous first-year calculus sequence. However, students are not expected to have had calculus before taking this course. Topics include functions; limits (including the epsilon-delta definition), continuity, and derivatives; trigonometric functions and their derivatives; applications; relative and absolute extrema, and curve sketching; related rates; Rolle's Theorem and the mean value theorem; antiderivatives, definite integrals and area, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. It is recommended that students not enroll in MA 0171 unless they have a solid background in high school algebra and precalculus. Students who have received credit for MA 0119 or MA 0145 may not take MA 0171 for credit.

MA 0172 Calculus II4 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0145 or MA 0171.

This course is the continuation of MA 0171. Topics include integration by substitution and by parts; areas between curves; volumes of revolution; inverse functions; logarithms and exponential functions; inverse trigonometric functions; indeterminate forms and l'Hospital's rule; improper integrals; and infinite sequences and series, including convergence tests, absolute and conditional convergence, power series and Taylor series. Students who have received credit for MA 0120 or MA 0146 may not take MA 0172 for credit.

MA 0211 Applied Matrix Theory3 Credits

Students majoring in the sciences, economics, and business learn the basic techniques and applications of linear algebra, including solving linear systems of equations, determinants, linear geometry, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors. Closed to mathematics majors. Students may not receive credit for both MA 0211 and MA 0235. Mathematics majors may not take this course as a mathematics requirement or elective.

MA 0217 Accelerated Statistics3 Credits

Attributes: EVAP Environmental Studies: Applied Professional Skills

Prerequisite: MA 0119 or MA 0145 or MA 0171.

This introductory, calculus-based statistics course focuses on applications in business, statistics, and everyday events. Topics include descriptive statistics including mean, median, mode, standard deviation, histograms, distributions, box plots, and scatter plots; probability theory including counting rules, random variables, probability distributions, expected values, binomial and normal distributions, and the central limit theorem; inferential statistics including point estimates, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing; and regression theory. Students learn to analyze data with the aid of common software packages. Mathematics majors may not take this course as a mathematics elective. Students who have received credit for MA 0352 may not take MA 0217 for credit.

MA 0221 Applied Calculus III3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0120 or MA 0146 or MA 0172.

This course covers first order differential equations, vectors in 2-D and 3-D, partial differentiation and multiple integrals. This is the third course in the three-course sequence MA 0119, MA 0120, MA 0221.

MA 0227 Calculus III for Engineering and Physics Majors3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0146 or MA 0172.

Topics include infinite series, tests for convergence, power series, Taylor series; geometry in three-space; partial differentiation of continuous functions; chain rule, exact differentials, maxima and minima; multiple integration; application to volumes, center of gravity; and polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates.

MA 0228 Calculus IV for Engineering and Physics Majors3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0227.

Topics in this course include: vector arithmetic and algebra, dot and cross products, parametric equations, lines and planes; gradient, directional derivative, curl, divergence; line integrals, work, Green's theorem, surface integrals; Stokes's and divergence theorems.

MA 0231 Discrete Mathematics3 Credits

Topics in this course include logic; sets; functions; equivalence relations and partitions; mathematical induction; and countability.

MA 0235 Linear Algebra3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0231.

Students examine linear spaces and subspaces; linear independence and dependence; bases and dimension; linear operators; matrix theory; determinants and systems of linear equations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Students may not receive credit for both MA 0211 and MA 0235.

MA 0245 Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors4 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0146 or MA 0172.

Topics include partial differentiation; chain rule, exact differentials, maxima and minima; multiple integration; application to volumes, center of gravity; and polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates; vector arithmetic and algebra, dot and cross products, parametric equations, lines and planes; gradient, directional derivative, curl, divergence; line integrals, work, Green's theorem, surface integrals; Stokes's and divergence theorems.

MA 0251 Ordinary Differential Equations3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0221 or MA 0245 or MA 0273.

This course presents the solution of first order differential equations and of higher order linear differential equations; power series solutions; Laplace transforms; and a multitude of applications. Mathematics majors may not take this course as a mathematics elective. Students who have received credit for MA 0331 may not take MA 0251 for credit.

MA 0273 Multivariable Calculus4 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0172 or MA 0146.

Topics in this course include vectors in the plane and in three-space; equations of lines and planes; vector functions; arc length; functions of several variables, limits, continuity, differentiability and partial derivatives, the gradient, directional derivatives; tangent planes; relative and absolute extrema; multiple integration in cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates; vector fields; line integrals; Green's theorem.

MA 0300 Topics in Discrete Mathematics3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0231.

This course builds on the skills developed in MA 0231. Topics include basic combinatorics (permutations, combinations, counting complicated sets, binomial coefficients), elementary number theory (divisors, Euclid's algorithm, modular arithmetic), and elementary graph theory (connectivity, circuits, cycles, planar graphs, graph isomorphisms). Sophomores will have priority registration for this course.

MA 0331 Applied Mathematics3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0235, MA 0273.

This course covers the theory and solution of ordinary differential equations: first-order equations, linear equations of arbitrary order, and linear systems; power series solutions; Laplace transforms; and existence and uniqueness of solutions. Students who have received credit for MA 0251 may not take MA 0331 for credit.

MA 0332 Partial Differential Equations3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0245 or MA 0273; MA 0251 or MA 0331.

Topics in this course include first order PDEs and the method of characteristics; separation of variables for linear homogeneous PDEs; eigenvalue problems; Fourier series; solution of the 1-D heat equation, the 1-D wave equation, and the 2-D Laplace equation, both homogeneous and non-homogeneous; and Fourier transforms.

MA 0334 Abstract Algebra3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0231, MA 0235.

Students study group theory, rings and ideals, integral domains, and fields.

MA 0337 Number Theory3 Credits

Attributes: EDCG Educational Studies Cognate

Prerequisite: MA 0231.

This study of the integers includes but is not limited to: primes and their distribution, divisibility and congruences, quadratic reciprocity, special numerical functions such as Euler's one-function, and Diophantine equations. Students consider the influence number theory has had on the development of algebra and the interplay between the two.

MA 0342 Theory of Computation3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0231.

This course explores what computers can and can't do, although it does not require any background in computer science or programming. Topics include finite state machines, push-down automata, Turing machines and recursive functions; mechanisms for formal languages, such as regular grammars, context-free grammars, context-sensitive grammars; and decidable versus undecidable problems.

MA 0351 Probability Theory3 Credits

Attributes: EDCG Educational Studies Cognate

Prerequisites: MA 0231 or CR 0245; MA 0245 or MA 0273.

Topics in this course include counting techniques; axiomatic probability theory; discrete and continuous sample spaces; random variables, cumulative distribution functions, probability density and mass functions; joint distributions; expected value and moments; common distributions like the normal, binomial, and Poisson distributions; and limit laws.

MA 0352 Mathematical Statistics3 Credits

Attributes: EDCG Educational Studies Cognate

Prerequisite: MA 0351.

This course covers transformations of random variables; statistical application of probability; theory of sampling and the Central Limit Theorem; variances of sums and averages; estimation and hypothesis testing; and least squares, curve-fitting, and regression.

MA 0354 Actuarial Problem Solving1 Credit

Prerequisite: MA 0352 (may be taken concurrently).

This course explores the methods and techniques of solving problems in actuarial mathematics for students interested in the actuary field. This course covers, via student led problem sessions and lectures, the tools for quantitatively assessing risk as presented on Society of Actuaries Exam P.

MA 0361 Topics in Algebra3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0334.

This course investigates three topics in greater depth than can be done in the first linear or abstract algebra course. Topics may include canonical forms for matrices, metric linear algebra, ideal theory, finite non-abelian groups, and Galois Theory. The course typically includes one linear and one abstract algebra topic.

MA 0371 Real Analysis3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0231, MA 0273.

This course examines the set of real numbers as a complete, ordered, archimedean field; R as a linear vector space equipped with inner product and norm; metrics, particularly Euclidean, on R, topological concepts: continuity, connectedness, and compactness; the intermediate value, extreme value, monotone convergence, Bolzano/Weierstrass and Heine/Borel theorems; convergence and uniform convergence of sequences of continuous functions; differentiation.

MA 0373 Complex Analysis3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0231, MA 0273.

Topics in this course include algebra of complex numbers, Cauchy-Riemann equations and analytic functions, complex differentiation, integration in the complex plane, Cauchy's Theorem and integral formula, conformal mapping, Laurent series and residue theory, and applications.

MA 0377 Numerical Analysis3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0172, MA 0235, proficiency in a computer language.

This course investigates computer arithmetic, round-off errors, the solution of nonlinear equations, polynomial approximation, numerical differentiation and integration, and the solution of systems of linear equations via student-written code to implement the algorithms and/or the use of available software.

MA 0383 Modern Geometry3 Credits

Attributes: EDCG Educational Studies Cognate

Prerequisites: MA 0231, MA 0235.

Topics in this course include: foundation for plane geometries; theorems of Menelaus, Ceva, Desargues, Pascal, Brianchon, and Feuerbach; inversion and reciprocation transformations; projective, Riemannian and Lobachevskian geometries; and Poincar' model.

MA 0385 Point Set Topology3 Credits

Prerequisite: MA 0371.

This course considers topological spaces, continuous functions; product, metric, and quotient spaces; countability and separation axioms; existence and extension of continuous functions; compactification; metrization theorems and complete metric spaces.

MA 0390 Honors Seminar I3 Credits

This course is open to senior mathematics majors with a mathematics GPA of 3.5 or higher and invited junior and senior mathematics majors with demonstrated ability who have been recommended by the mathematics faculty. This seminar provides talented students with an opportunity to undertake individualized study under faculty direction. Participants present several lectures before a group of peers. The seminar's subject matter varies each semester.

MA 0391 Honors Seminar II3 Credits

This course is open to senior mathematics majors with a mathematics GPA of 3.5 or higher and invited junior and senior mathematics majors with demonstrated ability who have been recommended by the mathematics faculty. This seminar provides talented students with an opportunity to undertake individualized study under faculty direction. Participants present several lectures before a group of peers. The seminar's subject matter varies each semester.

MA 0395 Special Topics in Mathematics3 Credits

Prerequisites: MA 0231; additional mathematics courses depending on the topic.

Mathematical topics not currently among the department's offerings can be offered one-time or to allow a professor the opportunity to "test drive'' a course for the first time.

MA 0397 Internship1-3 Credits

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

The internship program provides senior mathematics majors with opportunities to gain practical, career-related experience in a variety of supervised field settings. Student interns select from a variety of placements, especially those requiring applications of mathematics, numerical methods, and statistics. Interns spend a minimum of 10 hours per week working at the placement site and complete the required academic component specified by their faculty advisor. Internship credits vary; interns may register for a summer session and/or one or two semesters for an overall maximum of six credits. In addition, an internship must satisfy the requirements outlined in the University Internship Policy, which is available from the Career Planning Center. An internship may not take the place of a mathematics elective. Enrollment by permission only.

MA 0398 Internship1-3 Credits

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

The internship program provides senior mathematics majors with opportunities to gain practical, career-related experience in a variety of supervised field settings. Student interns select from a variety of placements, especially those requiring applications of mathematics, numerical methods, and statistics. Interns spend a minimum of 10 hours per week working at the placement site and complete the required academic component specified by their faculty advisor. Internship credits vary; interns may register for a summer session and/or one or two semesters for an overall maximum of six credits. In addition, an internship must satisfy the requirements outlined in the University Internship Policy, which is available from the Career Planning Center. An internship may not take the place of a mathematics elective. Enrollment by permission only.

MA 0399 Independent Study1-3 Credits

Independent study provides students with the opportunity to examine areas not covered in the undergraduate curriculum. Under the guidance of a faculty member, advanced students learn about an area in mathematics through reading and research. Independent study includes written work in the form of exercises or papers. Students apply to a professor under whose direction they wish to study and obtain the approval of the department chair. This course may not replace a mathematics elective to fulfill the requirements for the major, unless special permission is given by the department chair.

Professors

Bernhardt
Coleman
Demers
Fine, B.
Mulvey,
chair
Sawin
Weiss

Associate Professors

Baginski
McSweeney
Rafalski
Staecker
Striuli

Assistant Professors

Goodrich

Visiting Assistant Instructors

Duckett

Lecturers

Anderson, A.
Bellows
Bohan, M.
Cron
Cunningham
Danaher
DiCenso
Fine, D.
Giegengack
Giustozzi
Grant
Hashemiyeh

Kaminski
Lalani
Lebda Russo
Manning
Mis
Ryan, D.
Shanazu
Wakin
Whiteman

Professors Emeritus

Dennin
O'Neill