Fall 2002 Course Schedule, The University of Texas at Austin

Course Offerings


DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

Efraim P. Armendariz, Chairman
RLM 8.100, C1200, 471-7711
Undergraduate Advising Center: RLM 4.101, C1650, 471-0900

Almost all mathematics courses have as a prerequisite either a minimum satisfactory score on the College Board SAT II: Mathematics Level I or Level IC Test, or credit for a specific college mathematics course with a minimum satisfactory grade. These subject tests should not be confused with the quantitative portion of the SAT I Test, commonly known as "the SAT." Although Mathematics Level I or IC is the required test, students may present instead a score on the College Board SAT II: Mathematics Level IIC.

The Mathematics Level IC Test is given nationwide at College Board test centers six times a year, on the University of Texas at Austin campus just before registration for each semester and the summer session, and during summer orientation sessions. Testing schedules, which appear in the program of orientation activities, may also be obtained from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.

Advice on which entry-level mathematics course to take, based on a student's Mathematics Level I or IC Test score, is available from the Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy Advising Center, RLM 4.101, or from the Measurement and Evaluation Center.

Early in the fall and spring semesters, a computer check will be run to verify that all students enrolled in M 303D, 403K, 403L, 305G, 408C, 408D, 408K, 316K, 316L, and 427K meet the course prerequisite. Students who do not have the prerequisite on record prior to registering or who do not bring proof of meeting the prerequisite to the mathematics department by the eighth class day will be immediately dropped from the course. During the summer session, the prerequisite checks and drops will be done on the second class day.

The Department of Mathematics offers coursework designed to meet the educational requirements of specific groups of students. Each track has its own goals and prerequisites.

The courses and prerequisites are listed below. Test scores given are for the Mathematics Level I or IC Tests only.

M 301 is designed for students who need to improve their mastery of algebra before proceeding to calculus or other courses. M 301 is offered only in the summer session. The prerequisite is a passing score on the mathematics section of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test. During the fall and spring, an equivalent course may be taken at Austin Community College. In some colleges and schools at the University, M 301 may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total hours required for a degree. Credit for M 301 may not be earned after a student has received credit for any calculus course with a grade of C or better.

M 302 is an introduction to mathematical ideas. It fulfills the general education requirement in mathematics. The prerequisite is three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher, and a passing score on the mathematics section of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test. M 302 does not serve as a prerequisite for any other mathematics course. M 302 and 303F may not both be counted. A student may not earn credit for M 302 after having received credit for any calculus course.

M 303D is a course with topics that have been selected from algebra, statistics, and mathematics of investments. It is a course that fulfills the general education requirement in mathematics for students in the social sciences, Business Foundations Program, and other fields. The prerequisite is a Mathematics Level I or IC Test score of at least 430 or M 301 with a grade of at least C. M 303D and 303F may not both be counted. A student may not earn credit for M 303D after having received credit for M 305G or any calculus course.

M 305G is the precalculus course and emphasizes trigonometric and other elementary functions, as well as coordinate systems. The prerequisite is a Mathematics Level I or IC Test score of at least 480 or M 301 with a grade of at least C. Credit for M 305G may not be earned after a student has received credit for any calculus course with a grade of C or better.

Beginning in the fall of 2002, calculus will be offered in two equivalent sequences. There is a two-semester sequence, M 408C/408D, which is recommended only for students who score at least 600 on the mathematics Level I or IC Test, and a three-semester sequence, M 408K/408L/408M. A third option, which satisfies the calculus requirement for some degrees, is the two-semester sequence M 408K/408L. This sequence is also a valid prerequisite for some upper-division mathematics courses, including M 325K, 427K, 340L, and 362K.

The business and economics calculus sequence, M 403K/403L, is being discontinued. Students should consult with their advisers for details. The prerequisite for M 403K is a Mathematics Level I or IC Test score of at least 500, M 301 with a grade of at least B, or 305G with a grade of at least C. The prerequisite for M 403L is M 403K, 408C, or 308L with a grade of at least C. Each course has three lecture hours with regular faculty members and two discussion meetings with teaching assistants each week. M 403K may not be counted by students with credit for M 408C, 308K, 408K or 308L. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403L, 408D, 308M.

M 408C/408D is a two-semester treatment of the techniques used in differential and integral calculus of functions of one or more variables. The prerequisite for M 408C is four years of high school mathematics and a Mathematics Level I or IC Test score of at least 560, or M 305G with a grade of at least C. Students who score less than 600 on the Mathematics Level I or IC Test are strongly advised to take M 408K instead. The prerequisite for M 408D is M 408C or the equivalent with a grade of at least C. Each course has three lecture hours with regular faculty members and two discussion meetings with teaching assistants each week. M 408C may not be counted by students with credit for M 403K, 308K, or 308L. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403L, 408D, 308M.

In the fall semester, some sections of M 408D are reserved for students with a score of at least 4 on the College Board Calculus AB Examination or a score of at least 3 on the Calculus BC Examination. Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC Examination may enroll in a reserved advanced placement section of M 427L in lieu of M 408D. The advanced placement sections of M 408D and 427L are honors sections and are designed for students with above-average mathematical aptitude and a desire to study in greater depth the material of these courses. Engineering honors students with a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Calculus BC Examination may enroll in the engineering honors section of M 308M.

M 408K/408L/408M is a three-semester treatment of the techniques used in differential and integral calculus of functions of one or more variables. The prerequisite for M 408K is four years of high school mathematics and a Mathematics Level I or IC Test score of at least 520, or M 305G with a grade of at least C. Each course has three lecture hours with regular faculty members and two discussion meetings with teaching assistants per week. Only one of the follwing may be counted: M 403K, 408C, 408K.

ALL SECTIONS OF M 408K WILL HAVE EVENING FINAL EXAMINATIONS AT TIMES TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE FIRST CLASS DAY. THE FINAL EXAMINATIONS WILL BE HELD DURING THE REGULAR FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD, BUT NOT NECESSARILY ACCORDING TO THE INDEX OF FINAL EXAMINATION TIMES PRINTED IN THIS COURSE SCHEDULE.

M 308L/308M is a sequence which primarily serves transfer students and will be replaced by M 408L/408M in the coming year. The courses are taught on a three-hour-per-week basis by regular faculty members. The prerequisite for M 308L is M 308K or the equivalent with a grade of at least C; for M 308M, it is M 308L or the equivalent with a grade of at least C. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403K, 408C, 308L. Only one of the following may be counted: M 403L, 408D, 308M.

M 316 is an elementary introduction to statistical methods for data analysis; knowledge of calculus is not assumed. Students with a background in calculus should take M 362K and 378K instead. M 316 and M 362K may not both be counted. The prerequisite for M 316 is a Mathematics Level I or IC Test score of at least 430 or M 301 with a grade of at least C.

M 316K is an analysis from an advanced perspective of the foundations of arithmetic, and is required for some prospective teachers. The prerequisite is M 302, 303D, 305G, or 316 with a grade of at least C.

There are two basic linear algebra classes. M 341 is taught from a theoretical perspective and enrollment is restricted to mathematics majors. M 340L is taught from an applied perspective and enrollment is restricted to non-mathematics majors. Under unusual circumstances, exceptions can be made by the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor in Mathematics.

CONFERENCE COURSES. Unless a conference course lists a specific time and topic, it is an individual instruction course. To register for an individual instruction course, the student must make arrangements for the course with a faculty member and provide written approval to the mathematics departmental office on a form available in RLM 8.100 or 4.101.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION. Students seeking certification to teach secondary school mathematics should consult Professor Martha Smith (RLM 10.136) or Dr. Melissa Dodson (WCH 5.102A) concerning their choice of courses.

WRITING COMPONENT COURSES. In addition to designated regular courses being offered with a substantial writing component, the department permits a limited number of students to earn writing component credit on an individual basis by adding an individual instruction writing component course. Students who register for M 325K, 328K, 333L, 343K, 343L, 348, 361K, 365C, 365D, 367K, 367L, 368K, 373K, 373L, 474M, or 376C may receive substantial writing component course credit by concurrently registering in the section of M 175 designated as writing component. This concurrent registration requires written consent of instructor; forms are available in RLM 8.100 or RLM 4.101.

STATISTICS. The following courses are probability and statistics courses offered by the mathematics department: M 316, 358K, 362K, 378K, 384C, 384D, 384E, 384F, 384G, 384H, 385C, 385D, 394C, MST 384P, and 398R.

ACTUARIAL STUDIES. The following special actuarial studies courses are frequently offered by the mathematics department in addition to standard mathematics classes needed for actuarial work: ACF 309, M 439J, 339U, 439V, 349P, 349T, 389J, 389P, 389T, 389U, and 389V. Questions should be directed to the Director of Actuarial Studies, Professor James W. Daniel, RLM 11.174 (471-7168).

Actuarial Foundations - ACF - undergraduate courses
Actuarial Foundations - ACF - graduate courses

Mathematical Statistics - MST - undergraduate courses
Mathematical Statistics - MST - graduate courses

Mathematics - M - undergraduate courses
Mathematics - M - graduate courses


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