
Mathematics Courses
MATH116: Mathematics of Finance
3 hr.; 3 credits
Topics include simple interest, compound interest, mortgages, bonds, depreciation, annuities, and life insurance. This course may be counted toward the LASAR Scientific Methodology and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 110 or knowledge of intermediate algebra.
MATH122: Precalculus
4 credits
This course offers a thorough introduction to the topics required for calculus. Topics include: real and complex numbers, algebra of functions, the fundamental theorem of algebra, trigonometry, logarithms and exponential functions, conic sections, and the use of graphic calculators. Students unsure of their preparation for calculus are advised to take the Queens College mathematics placement test.
Prerequisites: Three years of high school math
MATH131: Calculus with Applications to the Social Sciences I
3 credits
The first part of a twosemester sequence (Mathematics 131 and 132) intended to introduce the fundamental ideas and techniques of the calculus to nonscience students. Special emphasis is given to applications. Credit is given for each course satisfactorily completed; a student need not take the entire sequence. Topics include functions and graphs; derivatives and differentiation techniques; the marginal concept in economics; optimization methods; compound interest; exponential and logarithmic functions. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 141 or 151.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 122, or placement by departmental exam, or permission of the department
MATH141: Calculus/Differentiation
3 credits
The first part of a threesemester sequence (Mathematics 141, 142, 143), covering the same material as Mathematics 151 and 152. Credit is given for each course satisfactorily completed; a student need not take the entire sequence. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 151.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 122, or placement by departmental exam, or permission of the department
MATH142: Calculus/Integration
3 credits
A continuation of Mathematics 141. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 151.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 100 or 141
MATH143: Calculus/Infinite Series
3 credits
A continuation of Mathematics 142. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 152.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 142. Mathematics 151 does not satisfy the prerequisite
MATH151: Calculus/Differentiation & Integration
4 credits
The first part of a twosemester sequence (Mathematics 151 and 152) intended for students who want to study mathematics, physics, chemistry, or engineering. Credit is given for each course satisfactorily completed; a student need not take the entire sequence. Students who want a less rapid introduction to calculus should take Mathematics 141. Topics include sets, inequalities, straight lines, circles, functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, formulas of differentiation, implicit differentiation, velocity, acceleration, maxima and minima, Rolle’s theorem, the mean value theorem, points of inflection, curve sketching, antiderivatives. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 141.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 122, or placement by departmental exam, or permission of the department
MATH152: Calculus/Integration & Infinite Series
4 credits
Deals with several aspects of differential and integral calculus. Among the topics studied are the definite integral, applications of the definite integral, the differentiation of logarithmic, exponential, and inverse trigonometric functions, integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, infinite series, and expansions of functions. Applications to problems of geometry and physics. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 142.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 151
MATH157: Honors Calculus I, II (MATH157 and 158)
4 hr.; 4 credits
Intensive course that is the first year of a twoyear sequence (Mathematics 157, 158, 207, 208) that will cover elementary and advanced calculus. A rigorous treatment of calculus from a modern point of view is given. The best mathematics students are urged to take this course. Students taking this course can receive advanced placement credit for calculus courses taken in high school. Not open, without permission of the department Chair, to students who have passed Mathematics 141 or 151.
Prerequisites: Permission of Chair.
MATH158: Honors Calculus I, II (MATH157 and 158)
4 hr.; 4 credits
Intensive course that is the first year of a twoyear sequence (Mathematics 157, 158, 207, 208) that will cover elementary and advanced calculus. A rigorous treatment of calculus from a modern point of view is given. The best mathematics students are urged to take this course. Students taking this course can receive advanced placement credit for calculus courses taken in high school. Not open, without permission of the department Chair, to students who have passed Mathematics 141 or 151.
Prerequisites: Permission of Chair.
MATH201: Calculus
4 credits
A continuation of the work of Mathematics 143 or 152. The topics include polar coordinates, vectors, solid analytic geometry, vectorvalued functions, double and triple integrals, functions of several variables, partial derivatives. Wherever possible, applications are made to problems of geometry and physics. Not open to students who are taking or who have passed Mathematics 132 (unless permission of the Chair is obtained).
Prerequisites: Mathematics 143 or 152
MATH231: Linear Algebra I
4 credits
An introduction to linear algebra with emphasis on techniques and applications. Topics to be covered include solutions of systems of linear equations, vector spaces, bases and dimension, linear transformations, matrix algebra, determinants, eigenvalues, and inner products. Not open to students who are enrolled in or who have completed Mathematics 237.
Prerequisites: One semester of calculus
MATH241: Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics
3 credits
An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of probability and statistics with an emphasis on applications. Topics to be covered include the axioms of probability, combinatorial methods, conditional probability, discrete and continuous random variables and distributions, expectations, confidence interval estimations, and tests of hypotheses using the normal, t, and chisquare distributions. Students taking this course may not receive credit for Mathematics 114, except by permission of the Chair. Not open to students who are taking or who have received credit for Mathematics 611.
Prerequisites: or coreq.: Mathematics 132 or 143 or 152
MATH242: Methods of Mathematical Statistics
3 credits
A study of those methods of mathematical statistics that are most frequently used in the natural and social sciences, as well as actuarial science. Topics include estimation testing of statistical hypotheses, nonparametric tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression analysis, and other methods of statistical analysis.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 241 Preregistration is strongly advised for Math 242. Students must email Wallace Goldberg, Chairperson of the Mathematics Department, at wallace.goldberg@qc.cuny.edu prior to preregistration.
MATH247: Linear Programming and Game Theory
3 credits
Methods for handling optimization problems that arise in management, engineering, physical sciences, and social sciences. Topics include convex geometry, the Simplex Algorithm, duality theory, and the Von Neumann minimax theorem of game theory.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 231 or 237
MATH271: Actuarial Mathematics I: Calculus and Probability
3 credits
This course covers material in calculus and some probability required for the Course 1 Examination of the Society of Actuaries.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 201; coreq.: Mathematics 241 or 611
MATH272: Actuarial Mathematics II: Probability and Risk Management
1 credits
This course covers material in probability and risk management required for the Course 1 Examination of the Society of Actuaries.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 201 and 241 (or 611); coreq.: at least one of Mathematics 242, 621, 623, or 633
