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<p>The mathematics program at St. Olaf is nationally recognized for innovative and effective teaching, for scholarship, and for service to the profession. We see mathematics as interesting, important, useful, and appropriate for students with a wide variety of interests. Welcome to our mathematical community.</p> <p>The mathematics program at St. Olaf is nationally recognized for innovative and effective teaching, for scholarship, and for service to the profession. We see mathematics as interesting, important, useful, and appropriate for students with a wide variety of interests. Welcome to our mathematical community.</p>
-== What's Happening in St. Olaf Math? == 
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-''Watch this spot for news of colloquia and other weekly events.'' 
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-== St. Olaf math minds place first at competition == 
-By Becca Heistad '09+==MSCS Event Calendar==
-December 15, 2008+Please click [http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/mscs/MSCS_Event_Calendar here] to view the MSCS event calendar.
-A two-man team of St. Olaf math students, Nate Clement '10 and Thomas McConville '09, claimed victory at the Mathematical Association of America's team competition this fall. Team Euler, named in honor of the 18th-century Swiss mathematician, came in first out of 72 teams from 28 colleges and universities of the North Central Section of the MAA.+<!--
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-Each year the MAA holds sectional competitions in an effort to challenge some of the brightest young mathematical minds in the state and to advance the mathematical sciences at the collegiate level.+==Waiting List Form for Math Classes==
-Not only did Clement and McConville win the battle for bragging rights against their peers at this year's competition, they also received a nearly perfect score. While the median on the difficult test was only 40.5, Team Euler scored a total of 97 out of a possible 100 points, which is something they took more pride in than the win itself, according to Clement.+''If you do not see a survey below, you must first login to your St. Olaf e-mail account.''
-Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jason Gower noted that because Clement and McConville competed as a pair when other teams in the competition had a third member, it made their victory even more impressive. "They beat out students from other schools with very good math programs, so I'm very impressed," Gower says.+<div style="height: 615px; position: absolute;" id="Math Wait Lists for Interim and Spring">
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-After taking part in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program this year, Clement says he felt prepared to demonstrate his mathematical prowess. "Between my problem-solving class and others, I have had plenty of math 'training' to stay in shape for competitions like the NCS," he says.+<iframe src="https://docs.google.com/a/stolaf.edu/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dGV3VDNYVHBxNWluRFdyaTN1anBfc1E6MQ" width="385" height="385" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>
-McConville and Clement, along with Mathew Deram '11, placed fifth in last year's team competition. Turning in a strong performance at a competition like the MAA NCS is gratifying, Clement says.+</html>
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-<!--<br>-->+==Do I have to take a math class at St. Olaf?==
-<!--''Click [[EarlierColloquia|here]] for information on earlier colloquia. ''-->+The short answer is no, but the longer answer is that all B.A. students must satisfy the ''Abstract and Quantitative Reasoning'' (AQR) General Education requirement (B.M. students may choose to complete a general education requirement with an AQR course). Students complete the AQR requirement either by taking a designated course in Mathematics, Statistics, or Computer Science or through successful completion of an equivalent course prior to arriving at St. Olaf. Get started on the ''Math and AQR Placement Process'' (that does not require a mathematics test) by clicking [[Placement_Information|here]].
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-==Every Week!==+==Do I have to complete the AQR requirement at St. Olaf?==
 +Some students have taken the right kind of courses in high school or have had other academic experiences that give them credit for the AQR. Visit our [[Placement_Information|AQR Placement]] page to see whether or not this includes you.
-<br>+==How do I satisfy the AQR requirement?==
 +There are several different courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science that satisfy the AQR requirement. Which kind of course you should take depends on your academic strengths and interests. Click [[Placement_Information|here]] to get started on the ''Math and AQR Placement Process'' and you'll find your way to the information you need.
-'''1. Math Problem Solving Group'''+==I know that I want to take a math, stats, or cs course at St. Olaf, but which one should I take?==
-Day, Time, Room still to be determined+Excellent--we're glad you want to take a course in MSCS! In order to gather information and report it to your advisor we need you to go through the ''Math and AQR Placement Process''. Click [[Placement_Information|here]] to get started and you'll find your way to the information you need.
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-The Math Problem Solving Group meets weekly to work on a variety of problems, often with a central theme, and to discuss problem-solving strategies. Additionally, students can use the meetings to prepare for the MAA North Central Section Team Contest, the Putnam Exam, the Konhauser Problemfest, the COMAP modeling contest, and other math competitions. This is an excellent exercise for students pursuing careers in math education and for students contemplating graduate mathematical study. +
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-Interested students should contact Prof. Gower (gower@stolaf.edu) by Friday, September 19. Please indicate which night(s) of the week are best for you and any nights that absolutely do not work for you. Please try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling.+
 +New students can get their mathematics and computer science placement results by logging onto SIS. Depending on your interests, goals, and high school preparation, we can recommend the best course(s) in mathematics, statistics and computer science to help you achieve your long- and short-term goals. For more information, ask the chair, Prof. Jill Dietz, ask any MSCS faculty member, or attend an information session during Week One.
-'''2. Weekly MSCS Game Night, Wednesdays 6:45 P.M.'''+Here's some basic information on MSCS courses required or recommended for other majors, more detailed information can be found by clicking [[Media:RecommendedCourses.pdf|here]]:
-Science Center 188+<ul>
 +<li>Chemistry: requires Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 (more for the ACS major)
 +<li>Economics: requires Calculus 1 and Statistics for Economics (or Stat 272 plus Econ 385)
 +<li> Environmental Science: Stats 212 or Stats 272 is one way to fulfill a requirement for the major
 +<li> Family Studies: recommends a statistics course
 +<li> Physics: requires Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Intro to Differential Equations
 +<li> Psychology: requires a statistics course (usually Stats 110 or Stats 212)
 +<li> Sociology/Anthropology: requires Stats 110
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-All game enthusiasts are welcome to come to SC 188 on Wednesday nights at 6:45 PM to play a variety of mathematical and other board games. Past games have included Hawaiian checkers, and Settlers of Catan, to name a few.  
-Goodies will be served. 
-Why you should be there: +-->
-* Lots of Fun+
-* Meet new friends+
-* Improve your reasoning skills+
-'''3. GRE Review Sessions''' 
-If you are planning to take the GRE Mathematics Subject test this year, now is the time to review. This fall, Professors Gower and Ufferman will be holding evening review sessions for the GRE math subject test. If you are interested in attending the sessions, please email Eric Ufferman (ufferman@stolaf.edu) by Friday, September 12th. Please indicate which night(s) of the week are best for you, any nights that absolutely do not work, and which date you are taking the test. Please try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling. 
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The mathematics program at St. Olaf is nationally recognized for innovative and effective teaching, for scholarship, and for service to the profession. We see mathematics as interesting, important, useful, and appropriate for students with a wide variety of interests. Welcome to our mathematical community.


MSCS Event Calendar

Please click here to view the MSCS event calendar.


Waiting List Form for Math Classes

If you do not see a survey below, you must first login to your St. Olaf e-mail account.