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Academic Program: Summary of Contents

Student led seminars


Stat 41: Visualization of Data and Models
(Tuesday/Thursday 9:55 - 11:10 am) 

Graphical displays of information can improve our understanding of both data and statistical models. This course will cover the most common forms of graphical displays and their uses and misuses. Students will learn how to create, critique, and present graphics in a concise and statistically sound way. Topics include: common data types and visualizations in R; incorporating statistical concepts such as transformations, smoothing, and uncertainty into visualizations; interactive graphics; and non-traditional types of data which may include time series, maps, networks, text, or images.

This is a project-based course and you are encouraged to bring your own ideas for datasets and research questions. You will leave the course with a portfolio of static and interactive visualizations, statistical writing, and presentations.

Prereq: Stat 21 or permission of instructor.

Math 65: Introduction to Geometry
(MWF 11:30 am - 12:30 pm) 

An introduction to the algebraic geometry of conics and cubics.
We will use as our text the book Algebraic geometry : a problem solving approach by Thomas Garrity et al, (2013), Providence, Rhode Island Princeton, New Jersey: American Mathematical Society Institute for Advanced Study. We will study conics and cubics from an elementary point of view. This is the first two chapters of the text. We will hope to also be able to dip into a few other selections from the text or related material.

The format of the course will include lectures and support for students as they work through the problems in the text.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 027 or MATH 028 and also in one of MATH 033, MATH 034, or MATH 035; or permission of the instructor. Natural sciences and engineering. 1 credit. Eligible for COGS

NOTE: Much of the information on these pages can also be found in the Swarthmore Course Catalog. The catalog takes precedence if there is conflicting information.

  • Major Requirements: A description of the requirements for a regular (non-honors) major in mathematics.
  • Minor Requirements: A description of the requirements for a regular (non-honors) major in mathematics.
  • Honors Program: The honors program is one of the treasures of Swarthmore College and we encourage those students coming in with a strong background in mathematics to give serious consideration to this program. Described here are the requirements for becoming an honors major in mathematics.
  • Teaching Certification: If you are considering becoming a mathematics teacher, here is information on what we require in order for you to earn teaching certification from our department.
  • Courses: A list of the courses we offer. Students also have the opportunity to go beyond these standard offerings through the Senior Conference, through summer research, and sometimes through directed reading courses.
  • Placement Information: Information on how we determine placement and credit for your prior work, including AP exams, college work and the like.
  • Transfer Credit: Information on how we determine credit for courses taken at comparable colleges or universities during the summer or during a semester on leave.
  • Next Two Years [pdf]: This document presents possibilities for a major's or honors major's program for the last two years of study.