Course Descriptions 2012-2014 Catalog - UW-Superior

2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
MATH 090Fundamentals of Mathematics3.00
Review of pre-algebra mathematics with an introduction to basic algebra. Topics include: real numbers, with an emphasis on fractions and decimals; percent notation; exponents; algebraic expressions; solving equations and inequalities; polynomials; and an introduction to graphing linear equations.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 095Fundamentals of Algebra3.00
Review of elementary algebra topics typically studied in high school. Topics include: the real number system; linear equations and inequalities and their graphs; systems of linear equations and inequalities; polynomials, factoring polynomials; quadratic equations.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is either having completed MATH 090 with a grade of C- or better or having placed into this course through a Math Placement test.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 102Intermediate Algebra2.00
Review of intermediate algebra topics typically studied in high school. Topics include: rational expressions and equations; rational exponents; radical expressions and equations; complex numbers; functions; quadratic equations and functions; graphing techniques, conic sections; exponential and logarithmic functions and equations.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 095 with a grade of C- or better or an acceptable score in the math placement test.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 112Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics3.00
A liberal arts mathematics course presenting mathematics as a tool used by a wide range of professionals in modern society. Real-life examples are used to promote understanding of mathematics and its relationship to other areas of study. Mathematical problem solving is shown to influence everything from the success of savvy entrepreneurs to the fairness of voting practices. Examples such as the Traveling Salesman Problem and Arrow's Impossibility Theorem are taken from management science, statistics, social science and computer science. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement for general education. Students enrolling in MATH 112 should have an acceptable score on the Mathematics Placement Test or have completed an appropriate remedial course. MATH 095 is recommended.
General Education Attributes:
MC Math/Computer Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 115Precalculus5.00
Covers the algebra and trigonometry required for Calculus and Analytic Geometry. Topics include review of intermediate algebra; composite and inverse functions; polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, identities, and equations; the binomial theorem; fundamentals of analytic geometry; and the conic sections.
General Education Attributes:
MC Math/Computer Science
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of MATH 102 with a grade of C- or better, or acceptable math placement test score.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 130Elementary Statistics4.00
Introductory course for students of all disciplines. Includes descriptive statistics, the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, linear regression, correlation, the t-distribution, the Chi-square distribution, nonparametric tests of statistical inference, and understanding statistics in many different fields. Problems are taken from various fields dependent on statistical decision making.
General Education Attributes:
MC Math/Computer Science
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 095 with a grade of C- or better or an acceptable score in the math placement test.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 151Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences3.00
A short course in calculus including concepts and problem-solving techniques for students in business, economics, biology and the social sciences. Topics include algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions; derivatives, and optimization problems; partial derivatives and Lagrange multipliers as time permits. Prerequisite: acceptable score on the Mathematics Placement Test or completion of MATH 102 with a grade of at least C-.
General Education Attributes:
MC Math/Computer Science
Prerequisites:
Completion of MATH 102 with a grade of C- or better, or acceptable math placement test score is prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 189Mathematics Elective1.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
MATH 230Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Education3.00
A course in mathematical concepts designed to meet the mathematical needs of students in the Elementary Education program. Topics include: sets and set operations; numeration systems; number systems and their arithmetic; concepts of algebra; fundamentals of two- and three-dimensional geometry; and an introduction to probability and statistics.
General Education Attributes:
MC Math/Computer Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of MATH 102 with a grade of C- or better is prerequisite for taking this class.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 240Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4.00
A first course in the fundamentals of calculus. Topics include: real numbers; functions; limits; continuity; derivatives, integrals; and applications. Prerequisite: acceptable score on the Mathematics Placement Test or completion of MATH 115 with a grade of at least C- or equivalent.
General Education Attributes:
MC Math/Computer Science
Prerequisites:
MATH240 prerequisite
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 241Calculus and Analytic Geometry II4.00
Continuation of MATH 240. Topics include: conic sections; transcendental functions; techniques of integration; indeterminate forms; improper integrals; and infinite series.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 240 with a grade of C- or better.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 242Calculus and Analytic Geometry III4.00
Continuation of MATH 241. Topics include: three-dimensional analytic geometry; vectors; partial derivatives; multiple integrals; line integrals; and surface integrals. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in MATH 241.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 241 with a grade of C- or better.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
MATH 289Mathematics elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
MATH 310Introduction to Abstract Mathematics3.00
Fundamentals of formal mathematics emphasizing mathematical writing and types of formal proof. Includes significant coverage of topics in logic, set theory and number theory. Prerequisite: MATH 115.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking is course is successful completion of MATH 115, MATH 240, MATH 241, or MATH 242.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
MATH 315Linear Algebra3.00
Introduction to the algebra and geometry of two-and three-dimensional space and extension to n-dimensional space. Topics include: line and coordinate vectors; systems of linear equations and their solution by reduction methods; matrix algebra; determinants; fundamentals of abstract vector spaces; linear independence, dimension theorems; linear transformations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors; diagonal matrices; quadratic forms; inner products; and the Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of MATH 310 is prerequisite for taking this class.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
MATH 320Discrete Structures4.00
Continuation of MATH 310. Investigation of concepts of non-calculus mathematics used in computer science, operations research and other areas of applied mathematics. Topics include: relations and functions, recurrence relations, combinatorics, graph theory, and related algorithms.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of MATH 310 is prerequisite for taking this class.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
MATH 344Differential Equations4.00
Introduction to the theory of ordinary differential equations including some coverage of series solutions, as time permits. Also covers various classical applications, such as spring mass systems. Prerequisite: MATH 241.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 241 with a grade of C- or better.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 362Topics In Geometry3.00
Modern treatment of topics from Euclidean geometry with an introduction to other geometries. Appropriate for students in Elementary or Secondary Education or Secondary school mathematics teachers.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of MATH 310 is prerequisite for taking this class.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 370Probability3.00
A first course in probability theory intended for students in mathematics, pre-engineering, and the sciences.
Prerequisites:
Having satisfactorily completed MATH 241 and MATH 310 are prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 371Statistics4.00
Calculus-based statistics emphasizing applications intended for students in applied mathematics, economics and the sciences. Topics include: estimation and prediction; hypothesis testing; linear and multiple regression; F and t tests; analysis of variance; and non-parametric statistics. Prerequisite: MATH 241 and MATH 310. MATH 242 and MATH 370 are recommended.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 380Introduction to Mathematical Modeling4.00
Applied mathematics course emphasizing probabilistic models. Topics include: discrete-and continuous-time Markov chains; Monte Carlo estimates; queuing theory; reliability theory; Brownian motion; and financial mathematics.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking is course is having completed MATH 241 and either MATH 370 or MATH 371. MATH 242 is recommended.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
MATH 381Special Projects1.00 - 4.00
Various individual and small-group projects carried out under the supervision of one or more instructors. Requires weekly progress reports plus a final report and/or a final exam. May be repeated, but no more than a total of four credits may be earned from both MATH 381 and CSCI 381. Pass-Fail only. Preliminary project plan and an independent study contract required prior to enrollment.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
MATH 385Introduction to Operations Research3.00
Topics include Mathematical programming, (Linear programming problems, Transportation problems, Dynamic programming, Game Theory), Queuing Theory, Inventory Theory, Reliability Theory, and Simulation techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 301 and MATH 370.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 315 and MATH 370.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
MATH 389Mathematics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
MATH 390Mathematical Sciences Internship1.00 - 4.00
Work in an approved position to gain experience in solving real problems using computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Interns may receive salaried appointments with cooperating companies. Pass-Fail only.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
MATH 391Putnam Mathematical Competition0.00 - 2.00
Preparation for the national Putnam Mathematics Contest. Includes review of previous examination problems and lectures on selected topics. May be repeated for a total of three credits. Pass-Fail only.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
MATH 421Theory of Computation4.00
Thorough introduction to automata, formal languages and computability. Topics include: models of computation; regular and context-free languages; finite and pushdown automata; Turing machines; unsolvable decision problems; and fundamentals of computational complexity. Topics include: axioms of probability; combinatorial analysis; conditional probability; independence; discrete and continuous random variables; probability distributions; expectation; variance; Poisson processes; and limit theorems.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 320.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
MATH 425Algorithm Design and Analysis4.00
Study of the design and analysis of algorithms that are based on elementary data structures such as queues, stacks and trees. Some graph and network algorithms (shortest paths, connectivity, coloring, flows, matchings), geometric algorithms (convex hulls, range search, nearest neighbors), NP-complexity, approximation algorithms (vertex cover, traveling salesman, scheduling), and introduction to randomized algorithms. Introduction to algorithm design techniques, including greedy algorithms, divide-and-conquer, and dynamic programming. Lower and upper bounds of program complexity are analyzed. Introduction to algorithms used in the area of information security.
Prerequisites:
The prerequisite for taking this course is having completed CSCI 320
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
MATH 437Cryptography4.00
Study of the theory of cryptography together with applied programming projects. Topics include: discrete probability spaces; Shannon's theory of information and perfect secrecy; classical cryptosystems and cryptanalysis; authentication and key exchange; public key cryptosystems; elementary number theory, primality checking, the RSA cryptosystem; and Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of MATH 310 and CSCI 201.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 440Real Analysis4.00
Fundamental concepts of limit, continuity, differentiability, and integrability of functions of one variable; convergence and uniform convergence of infinite series, and improper integrals.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of MATH 242 and MATH 310 are prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 450Topology4.00
Topology of Euclidean space, metric spaces, topological spaces, bases and neighborhoods, Hausdorff property, continuity, homeomorphisms and embeddings, connectivity, and compactness.
Prerequisites:
The prerequisites for taking this course is having completed MATH 310 and 240.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
MATH 455Abstract Algebra4.00
Introduction to algebraic systems including groups, rings, integral domains and fields, homomorphisms and isomorphisms.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of MATH 310 is prerequisite for taking this class.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
MATH 471Introduction to Complex Variables4.00
Introduction to the study of analytic functions including series, residues, conformal mapping and applications.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 242.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 475Numerical Analysis4.00
Study of theory and applications of computational techniques for mathematical solutions emphasizing rapid approximation and error analysis. Topics include: solution to equations in one variable; polynomial approximations to functions; error analysis; numerical solutions to ordinary differential equations; boundary value problems.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed MATH 242.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
MATH 481Special Topics1.00 - 4.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in mathematical sciences. May be repeated when topics are different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
MATH 489Mathematics Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
MATH 498Mathematics Capstone1.00
Students carry out individual investigations in current literature and present their findings to the entire department. Taken during senior year.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

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