MAT 226 Linear Algebra
An introduction to topics in linear algebra, including systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vectors, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.
Mathematics provides powerful tools for explaining how the world works. As a mathematics major, you learn how to use them. We offer small classes, lots of personal attention and plenty of opportunities for individual study, research and honors study in pure and applied mathematics. You also learn to draw connections between mathematics and other fields of study. You can take a course in mathematical methods for the physical sciences, the mathematics of finance or even ethnomathematics, which explores the relationship between mathematics and culture. During your junior or senior year, you take part in an advanced seminar with talks by visiting experts and Connecticut College faculty. You also prepare and deliver a one-hour lecture on an advanced topic of your choice.
We offer a broad range of statistics courses and have a full-time faculty member who is a trained statistician. Many math majors study abroad or pursue a funded internship through the College's career and professional development program. You also have the option of pursuing a certificate from one of our interdisciplinary centers. In addition, you may present a paper at the Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference or other professional meeting.
Math students work together and have fun together. We offer career nights, game nights and visits by prominent mathematicians. We regularly compete in the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Additionally, students at the math help center tutor peers in introductory and intermediate-level courses, and the Connecticut Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, is based on campus.
While pure mathematics occupies a great deal of Professor Hammond's attention, he also maintains an active interest in the liberal arts, particularly in topics relating to literature and religion. He is delighted whenever he can find connections between mathematics and the arts. He has given several talks on Dante's use of mathematical imagery in the Divine Comedy, as well as a lecture on the place of science and mathematics in Gulliver's Travels.
Warren Johnson’s favorite area of mathematics is q-analysis. He has been working on a book on it for many years, which he used when he taught MAT 305 (Selected Topics). He loves the interplay between finite and infinite product/series identities and combinatorics that is one of the characteristic features of the subject. His other great love within mathematics is techniques of integration, so he appreciates his frequent opportunities to teach Calculus C.
Priya Kohli specializes in the areas of covariance modeling, longitudinal/panel studies, multivariate modeling, missing data, time series, spatial statistics, and spatio-temporal modeling. She also works in interdisciplinary research areas including RNA-seq analysis, healthcare devices, environmental sciences, and business and finance.
Kathy McKeon's course offerings include Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory, Probability, Mathematics and the Natural Sciences, Calculus I, and individual studies with student research in graph theory.
Augustine "Tina" O'Keefe teaches Linear Algebra and Calculus: Derivatives and Integrals.
Perry Susskind teaches Multivariable Calculus, Calculus C: Integrals and Series, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis I and II and Seminar in Mathematics.
Matt Willis's research area is algebraic combinatorics, with ties to representation theory. More specifically, he is interested in tableaux descriptions of polynomials which are often initially defined in a representation theoretical setting. These tableaux descriptions can lead to new information and characteristics for such polynomials.
A: The great academics combined with many extracurricular opportunities, as well as the supporting and friendly environment.
A: For me, mathematics is a beautiful subject requiring nothing but your ability to think creatively and use your intuition the right way. I was fascinated by this science in high school. My desire to learn more about it led me to get involved with math competitions. When I came to Connecticut College, I was eager to continue.
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