Boston College Math Experience
mathematicians in the making
This engaging and creative program is designed to challenge students with a strong interest in and talent for mathematics.
Students in this program will participate in math courses that are focused on topics outside of what is typically covered in a high school setting but does not require a background in Calculus. Under the guidance and instruction of faculty from the Mathematics Department and supported by graduate students in the field, students will have the opportunity to learn and explore a variety of problem solving skills. Their classroom experience will be supplemented with a Math workshop with an emphasis on collaborative problem solving. Students will also have access to supported evening study sessions.
Candidates should be able to complete pre-calculus level work and the teacher recommendation from a Math department teacher at your school should mention if you have any experience with writing proofs. Students without experience in writing proofs are still eligible for the program.
Course Titles and Description
Excursions in Advanced Mathematics
In this course, we will explore several areas of advanced mathematics through lectures, classroom discussions, and labs. These include topics such as topology, projective geometry, transformation geometry, computational geometry, chaos, and coding, which are not normally taught in the high school curriculum. Through studying these exciting developments in modern mathematics, students can further develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A good background in high school algebra and geometry is recommended.
Chi-Keung Cheung received his PhD from University of California-Berkeley, and has been a math professor at BC since 1993. His research interests are in geometric analysis and complex analysis. In recent years, he has also actively participated in training high school and elementary school math teachers.
MATH 221001 Linear Algebra
This course is an introduction to the techniques of linear algebra in Euclidean space. Topics covered include matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, vectors in n-dimensional space, complex numbers, and eigenvalues. The course is required of mathematics majors and minors, but is also suitable for students in the social sciences, natural sciences, and management.