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The following conventions are used for course numbering:

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MATH 100.6: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

An introductory course designed for students planning to teach at the elementary school level. Topics include basic algebra review, geometry, number theory, linear algebra, sets and counting techniques, probability and statistics.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics A30 or B30 or C30; or Foundations of Mathematics 30; or Pre-Calculus 30.
Note: Intended for students entering the Elementary Program in the College of Education. Does not fulfill requirements of a major or honours in either mathematics or statistics, or any other Arts & Science degree program. Students may have credit for MATH 100 and other junior mathematics and statistics courses subject to regulations of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. See "Junior Mathematics Course Credits" in the Department's portion of the Arts and Science section of the Calendar.


MATH 102.3: Precalculus Mathematics

Discusses mathematical ideas essential for the study of calculus. Topics include: the fundamentals of algebra; functions, their properties and graphs; polynomial and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; trigonometric properties.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics A30 and B30; or Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 30; or Foundations of Mathematics 30; or Pre-Calculus 30.
Note: This course may not be taken for credit concurrently with or after any other 100-level MATH course. Students are allowed to have credit for only one of MATH 102 or MATH 104; students who take MATH 102 and then take MATH 104 will lose credit for MATH 102. This course may be used as an alternative prerequisite for MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176 (clears deficiencies in high school 30-level mathematics courses). Students who score below 60% on the Math Placement Test (http://math.usask.ca/placement) are advised to take MATH 102 to review their basic precalculus skills. MATH 102 may not be included in the courses required in C4 or C6 for Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics or Statistics. In Arts & Science programs, this course may be used only in the Electives Requirement.


MATH 104.3: Elementary Calculus

An elementary introduction to calculus including functions, limits, derivatives, techniques of differentiation, curve sketching and maximum and minimum problems, antiderivatives and the integral.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Formerly: MATH 101.
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics B30 or Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30.
Note: Students with credit for MATH 101 may not take this course for credit. Students with credit for MATH 104 may subsequently receive credit for MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176. Students with credit for MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, MATH 176 may not subsequently receive credit for MATH 104. Students may not register for MATH 104 concurrently with any of MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176. This course may not be included in the courses required in C4 or C6 for Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics or Statistics. Students are allowed to have credit for only one of MATH 102 and 104; students who take MATH 102 and then take MATH 104 will lose credit for MATH 102. This course may be used as an alternate prerequisite for MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176 (clears deficiencies in high school 30-level mathematics courses). Students who score below 60% on the Math Placement Test (http://math.usask.ca/placement) are advised to take MATH 102 to review their basic precalculus skills. Students with credit for one of MATH 101, MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 176, or STAT 103 may subsequently take MATH 100 for half credit only. Students with credit for MATH 100 may subsequently take one of MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 176, or STAT 103 for credit.


MATH 110.3: Calculus I

Introduction to derivatives, limits, techniques of differentiation, maximum and minimum problems and other applications, implicit differentiation, anti-derivatives.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Pre-Calculus 30 and a 60% score in the Math Placement Test; or Mathematics B30 and C30 and a 60% score in the Math Placement Test; or MATH 102 or MATH 104.
Note: Students who do not have credit for MATH 102 or MATH 104 must complete the Math Placement Test (http://math.usask.ca/placement) with a test score of 60% or higher in order to register in MATH 110. Students are encouraged to write the test at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the term to help ensure that space will be available in the class. Students who score below 60% on the Math Placement Test will not be allowed to register in MATH 110 in the upcoming term; such students are encouraged to register for MATH 102 to improve their basic precalculus skills. Students with credit for MATH 100 may subsequently take one of MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 176, or STAT 103 for credit.


MATH 116.3: Calculus II

Techniques of integration; the definite integral and simple differential equations with applications and numerical techniques; the theoretical foundations of limits, including the epsilon-delta formulation; continuity and differentiability; advanced curve sketching; inverse functions; inverse trigonometric functions.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 110.
Note: Intended to complete the basic introduction to calculus for students in the mathematical and physical sciences, and for others who require a solid introduction to calculus. The specified prerequisite for most second-year courses in mathematics and statistics, including all courses accepted in major and honours programs. Students may have credit for only one of MATH 112, MATH 116, MATH 124, MATH 128, or MATH 177. Students with credit for MATH 123 may take this course for credit.


MATH 121.3: Mathematical Analysis for Business and Economics

An introduction to mathematics for business and economics students using examples from business to motivate mathematical techniques. Necessary mathematical terms and concepts are developed, but emphasis is on applications to business with sufficient theory to support applications. Topics: algebraic functions, mathematics of finance, analysis of functions, differential and integral calculus.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction: Enrolment in the Edwards School of Business.
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics B30 and C30; or Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 (Pre-Calculus 30 preferred); or MATH 102 or MATH 104.
Note: Students may have credit for only one of MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176. Arts & Science students needing 6 credit units of 100-level calculus should take MATH 110 followed by MATH 116. Students who score below 60% on the Math Placement Test (http://math.usask.ca/placement) are advised to take MATH 102 to review their basic precalculus skills.


MATH 123.3: Calculus I for Engineers

A review of basic algebraic concepts, trigonometry and functions. An introduction to limits and differential and integral calculus, max-min problems, curve sketching, related rate problems. Specifically for students in the College of Engineering.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics A30, B30 and C30; or Pre-Calculus 30; or MATH 102 or MATH 104.
Note: Students may have credit for only one of MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176. Students who score below 60% on the Math Placement Test (http://math.usask.ca/placement) are advised to take MATH 102 to review their basic precalculus skills.


MATH 124.3: Calculus II for Engineers

Differentiation and integration of inverse trigonometric, exponential, hyperbolic and logarithmic functions with applications. Techniques of integration; applications to work, pressure, moments and centroids. Polar co-ordinates and parametric equations of plane curves.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 123 (taken).
Note: Students may have credit for only one of MATH 112, MATH 116, MATH 124, MATH 128, or MATH 177.


MATH 125.3: Mathematics for the Life Sciences

An introduction to mathematical modeling with a focus on applications to the life sciences. Topics include: algebraic functions and their graphs, limits and rates of change, differentiation techniques and applications, exponential and logarithmic functions, integration and the area under a curve, introduction to differential equations. The main feature of this course is the use of structured examples from life sciences to establish a need for mathematical techniques. Necessary mathematical terms and concepts will be developed. The emphasis throughout this course is on applications of mathematics to life sciences with enough theory to support applications. Extensive examples from Biology, Health Sciences, Chemistry and Physics will be used.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Mathematics A30, B30 and C30; or Pre-Calculus 30; or MATH 102 or MATH 104.
Note(s): Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, or MATH 176. Students with credit for MATH 115 may not take this course for credit. Arts & Science students needing 6 credit units of 100-level calculus should take MATH 110 followed by MATH 116. This course is restricted to students Majoring in Biology; Biology & Biotechnology; Anatomy & Cell Biology; Biochemistry; Biochemistry & Biotechnology; Biotechnology, Microbiology & Immunology; Environment & Society; Environmental Biology; Microbiology & Immunology; Physiology & Pharmacology; Toxicology; or Pharmacy. Students who score below 60% on the Math Placement Test (http://math.usask.ca/placement) are advised to take MATH 102 to review their basic precalculus skills.


MATH 163.3: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

A broad introduction to the language of Mathematics through the study of logic and proof techniques, sets, functions and relations, integers and counting, complex numbers, and graphs.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Pre-Calculus 30; or Foundations of Mathematics 30; or Mathematics B30 and C30.


MATH 164.3: Introduction to Linear Algebra

Systems of linear equations over the real numbers. Vector algebra on ordered n-tuples (Euclidean n-space). Representation of linear systems as rectangular matrices. Elementary row operations; the row canonical form of a matrix. Basic matrix algebra (addition, subtraction, scalar multiplication). Matrix-vector multiplication; linear maps between Euclidean spaces. Matrix multiplication, square matrices, algorithms for matrix inverses. Introduction to determinants, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and applications. Numerical linear algebra with computer algebra systems. Applications of linear algebra to other disciplines.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: MATH 264
Prerequisite(s): Pre-Calculus 30; or Foundations of Mathematics 30; or Mathematics B30 and C30; or 3 credit units of MATH or STAT
Note:Students with credit for MATH 264 will not receive credit for this course.


MATH 176.3: Advanced Calculus I

An introduction to calculus and analytical reasoning. Topics include sequences and series; completeness of real numbers; limits and continuity in a single variable; differentiation and its basic properties; implicit differentiation; L'Hôspital's rule; Newton's method; optimization; and introduction to Taylor series. This course introduces a number of fundamental concepts that will be useful in future courses in mathematics, statistics and other sciences.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Calculus 30 and a score of at least 80% on the Math Placement Test
Note: This course is recommended for students intending to major in mathematics and related disciplines. Students with credit for MATH 110, MATH 123, or MATH 125 may not receive credit for this course.


MATH 177.3: Advanced Calculus II

A continuation of MATH 176, with an emphasis on integral calculus and analytical reasoning. Topics include the Riemann integral and its basic properties; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; techniques and applications of integration; numerical integration; power series and applications. This course introduces a number of fundamental concepts that will be useful in future courses in mathematics, statistics and other sciences.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 110; or MATH 123; or MATH 176
Note: This course is recommended for students intending to major in mathematics and related disciplines. MATH 176 is the recommended prerequisite for this class. Students entering with MATH 110 or MATH 123 with a grade of less than 85% should consult a departmental adviser before registering in this course. Students with credit for MATH 116 or MATH 124 will not receive credit for this course.


MATH 211.3: Numerical Analysis I

An introductory course. Topics include errors, solutions of linear and non-linear equations, interpolation, numerical integration, solutions of ordinary differential equations.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 116 or MATH 124 or MATH 177; and MATH 164.
Note: Students with credit for MATH 116, MATH 124 or MATH 177 will be given a prerequisite waiver to take MATH 164 and MATH 211 concurrently in 2019-20.


MATH 223.3: Calculus III for Engineers

Vectors and coordinate geometry in 3- space; vector functions and curves; partial differentiation; applications of partial derivatives; multiple integration.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 123 and 124.
Note: Engineering students may take this course with prerequisite of MATH 110 and 116 if they seek permission of the Engineering Students' Centre. Arts & Science students majoring in Physics may receive permission to take this course by contacting the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students with credit for MATH 225 or 276 may not take this course for credit.


MATH 224.3: Calculus IV for Engineers

Vector fields; vector calculus; ordinary differential equations; sequences, series, and power series.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Engineering.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 123, 124 and 223 (all taken).
Note: Arts & Science students majoring in Physics may receive permission to take this course by contacting the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students with credit for MATH 226 may not take this course for credit.


MATH 225.3: Intermediate Calculus I

Analytic geometry, vectors, vector functions, partial differentiation, multiple integration, line integrals and Green's theorem.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): (MATH 110 and 116) or (MATH 121 or MATH 125; and MATH 128) or (MATH 176 and MATH 177).
Note: Students with credit for MATH 223 or MATH 276 may not take this course for credit.


MATH 226.3: Intermediate Calculus II

Infinite sequences and series, complex numbers, first order and linear differential equations.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): (MATH 110 and 116) or (MATH 121 or MATH 125; and MATH 128) or (MATH 176 and MATH 177).
Note: Students with credit for MATH 224 may not take this course for credit.


MATH 238.3: Introduction to Differential Equations

This course introduces students to ordinary differential equations, including elementary existence results, power series solutions, and techniques of solution involving matrix computations. Examples will be drawn from the physical and biological sciences.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 116 or MATH 124 or MATH 177; and MATH 164.
Note: Students who have taken MATH 116, MATH 124, or MATH 177 will be granted a prerequisite waiver to take MATH 164 and MATH 238 concurrently in 2019-20.


MATH 258.3: Euclidean Geometry

A course in plane Euclidean geometry. Particularly recommended for teachers of mathematics.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 100, MATH 104 (formerly MATH 101), MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 123, MATH 125, MATH 176, or STAT 103.
Note:Basic introduction to high school geometry recommended. May not be included in the courses required in C4 or C6 for Honours programs in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics or Statistics.


MATH 266.3: Linear Algebra II

A study of linear equations, matrices and operations involving matrices, determinants, vector spaces and their linear transformations, characteristic values and vectors, reduction of matrices to canonical forms, and applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 164
Note: Students who have credit for MATH 110 and 116 will be granted a prerequisite waiver to take this course concurrently with MATH 164 in 2019-20.


MATH 276.3: Vector Calculus I

This course is an introduction to calculus in higher dimensions, including linear transformations between real vector spaces, limits and continuity in Rn using epsilon-delta, the derivative as a linear transformation (including the Jacobian matrix), Newton's method for functions from Rn to Rn, and the inverse function theorem.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 110 or MATH 121 or MATH 123 or MATH 125 or MATH 176; and MATH 164
Note: Students who have taken MATH 110, MATH 121, MATH 125 or MATH 176 will be granted a prerequisite waiver to take MATH 164 and MATH 276 concurrently in 2019-20.


MATH 277.3: Vector Calculus II

A continuation of MATH 276, this course introduces students to Taylor series for functions from Rn to Rm and higher derivatives of functions from Rn to Rm; inner products, critical points and their classification; constrained optimization through Lagrange multipliers; and integration via differential forms leading to Stokes' Theorem.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 116 or MATH 124 or MATH 177; and MATH 276
Note: Students who have taken MATH 225 (with a grade of 80% or higher) will be granted a prerequisite waiver to take MATH 277 in 2019-20.


MATH 298.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


MATH 299.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


MATH 313.3: Numerical Linear Algebra

Numerical methods in linear algebra. Topics covered include approximation theory, least squares, direct methods for linear equations, iterative methods in matrix algebra, eigenvalues, systems of non-linear equations.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 164 or MATH 266; and MATH 211.


MATH 314.3: Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations

Numerical differentiation and integration, initial-value, and boundary-value problems for ordinary differential equations, introduction to numerical solutions to partial-differential equations.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 211 and 238.


MATH 327.3: Graph Theory

Graph Theory and its contemporary applications including the nomenclature, special types of paths, matchings and coverings, and optimization problems soluble with graphs.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 164 (formerly MATH 264) or 266, and either CMPT 260 or 6 credit units 200-level MATH.


MATH 328.3: Combinatorics and Enumeration

The theory of Combinatorics and Enumeration and its contemporary applications, including generating functions and recurrence relations, and the Polya and Ramsey Theories. A wide variety of practical applications will be presented.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 164 (formerly MATH 264) or 266, and either CMPT 260 or 6 credit units 200-level MATH.


MATH 331.3: Applied Mathematics Differential Equations I

General theory of ordinary differential equations with constant coefficients, series solutions of ordinary differential equations, special functions, Fourier series, introduction to Sturm-Liouville theory, physical origin of heat, wave and Laplace equations, solution by separation of variables.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: Half of MATH 338
Prerequisite(s): MATH 224 or MATH 226 or MATH 238 (or approval of instructor/department)
Note: Students with credit for MATH 338 may not take this course for credit.


MATH 336.3: Mathematical Modelling I

The course is designed to teach students how to apply Mathematics by formulating, analyzing and criticizing models arising in real-world situations. An important aspect in modelling a problem is to choose an appropriate set of mathematical methods - 'tools' - in which to formulate the problem mathematically. In most cases a problem can be categorized into one of three types, namely: continuous, discrete, and probabilistic. The course will consist of an introduction to mathematical modelling through examples of these three basic modelling types.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 211.3, MATH 164.3 (formerly MATH 264) or 266.3, STAT 241.3, 6 credit units in 200-level calculus: (MATH 223.3 and 224.3) or (MATH 225.3 and 226.3) or (MATH 276.3 and 277.3).


MATH 339.3: Applied Mathematics Differential Equations II

Sturm-Liouville theory, function spaces, introduction to distributions and generalized functions, Fourier transform, Laplace transform, Green's function, applications to linear differential equations.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Practicum/Lab hours
Formerly: Half of MATH 338
Prerequisite(s): MATH 331.3 or approval of the instructor
Note: Students with credit for MATH 338 may not take this course for credit.


MATH 352.3: Elementary Differential Geometry

Introduction to differential geometry of curves, surfaces, hypersurfaces, curvature and geodesics.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Formerly: Half of MATH 350
Prerequisite(s): MATH 266; and (MATH 238 and MATH 277) or (MATH 223 and MATH 224) or (MATH 225 and MATH 226) - with grades of at least 80% and permission of the instructor.
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 350 or 352.


MATH 361.3: Group Theory

Introduction to group theory, including: cyclic groups, symmetric groups, subgroups and normal subgroups, Lagrange's theorem, quotient groups and homomorphisms, isomorphism theorems, group actions, Sylow's theorem, simple groups, direct and semidirect products, fundamental theorem on finitely generated Abelian groups.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 163 and MATH 164; or MATH 266


MATH 362.3: Rings and Fields

Introduction to ring and field theory, including: polynomial rings, matrix rings, ideals and homomorphisms, quotient rings, Chinese remainder theorem, Euclidean domains, principal ideal domains, unique factorization domains, introduction to module theory, basic theory of field extensions, splitting fields and algebraic closures, finite fields, introduction to Galois theory.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 163 and MATH 164; or MATH 266


MATH 363.3: Abstract Algebra

Introduction to algebraic structures, notably groups and rings. Topics include binary operations, groups, subgroups, homomorphisms, cosets, Lagrange's theorem, permutation groups, the general linear group; rings, polynomial rings, Euclidean rings.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 100, 104 (formerly 101), 110, 121, 123, 125, or STAT 103.
Note: Recommended for teachers of mathematics. May not be included in the courses required in C4 or C6 for Honours Programs in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Mathematics or Statistics. Students with credit for MATH 360 or 361 or 362 may not take MATH 363 for credit.


MATH 364.3: Number Theory

A course in elementary number theory with emphasis upon the interrelation of number theory and algebraic structures: review of unique factorization and congruences, the ring of integers modulo n and its units, Fermat's little theorem, Euler's function, Wilson's theorem, Chinese remainder theorem, finite fields, quadratic reciprocity, Gaussian integers, and the Fermat theorem on primes congruent to one modulo four.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 163
Note: Students with credit for one of MATH 100, 104, 110, 121, 125, or STAT 103 will be given a prerequisite waiver to take MATH 163 and 364 concurrently in 2019-20.


MATH 371.3: Real Analysis I

An introduction to concepts and principles of mathematical analysis in Rn, including Cauchy sequences, compactness, the theory of continuous functions, and uniform convergence.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 163 and MATH 277; or MATH 277 and permission of the instructor.
Note: Students majoring in Applied Mathematics who have completed MATH 223 and 224; or MATH 225 and 226 will be granted a prerequisite waiver to register in MATH 371.


MATH 373.3: Real Analysis II

A continuation of MATH 371, centering around Lebesgue integration theory, Lpspaces, and applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 371.


MATH 379.3: Complex Analysis

Fundamental concepts, analytic functions, infinite series, integral theorems, calculus of residues, conformal mappings and applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 225 and 226; or MATH 238 and 277.


MATH 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


MATH 399.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


MATH 402.0: Honours Thesis in Mathematics

Students taking an Honours program in Mathematics or a Double Honours program in Mathematics and a second subject are required to submit a written presentation of a topic in mathematics under the supervision of a faculty advisor and deliver a subsequent oral presentation on the topic. Students in Mathematical Physics must enroll in either MATH 402 or PHYS 491 or PHYS 493.

Prerequisite(s): Students must be registered in an Honours or Double Honours program in Mathematical Physics, Mathematics, or Statistics.
Note: Students enrolled in this course are expected to find a faculty advisor for the thesis work from Mathematics & Statistics (or from another unit, with the approval of the Undergraduate Chair for Mathematics & Statistics). The Undergraduate Chair will assist with finding an advisor as necessary.


MATH 433.3: Applied Group Theory

Treats the following topics from group theory: permutation groups, crystallographic groups, kinematic groups, abstract groups, matrix Lie groups, group representations. Specific topics include the rotation group (spinors and quantum mechanical applications), the Lorentz group (representations and wave equations), SU (3) (its Lie algebra and physical relevance).

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 266; and (MATH 238 and MATH 277) or (MATH 223 and MATH 224) or (MATH 225 and MATH 226 - with grades of at least 80% and permission of the instructor).
Note: Students with credit for MATH 266 and MATH 276 will be granted a prerequisite waiver to take MATH 433 concurrently with MATH 238 and MATH 277 for 2019-20.


MATH 436.3: Mathematical Modelling II

This course is a continuation of MATH 336.3. The course is designed to further develop students' capacity to formulate, analyze and criticize mathematical models arising in real-world situations. The present course will put emphasis on student activities rather than on lectures. Students will be expected to work in small groups on problems chosen by the instructor and to develop their independent skills at the formulation, analysis and critique of specific problems, and ultimately come to a greater understanding of the modelling process.

Weekly hours: 3 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 336 or permission of the instructor.


MATH 438.3: Methods of Applied Mathematics

Calculus of variations, integral equations and applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 238, 276 and 277.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for MATH 438 and MATH 838.


MATH 439.3: Partial Differential Equations

Classification of second order partial differential equations, some properties of elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations, applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 238, 276 and 277.


MATH 452.3: Introduction to Modern Differential Geometry

Submanifolds of Rn; Riemannian manifolds; tensors and differential forms; curvature and geodesics; selected applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Formerly: Half of MATH 350
Prerequisite(s):MATH 266; and MATH 352 or MATH 371
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of MATH 350 or 452.


MATH 465.3: Introduction to Cryptography

Presents a thorough introduction to the mathematical foundations of cryptography. Results from number theory and algebra and how they are used for the safe transmission of information are studied. Various security protocols, the mathematical principles needed for them, and the mathematical principles used in possible attacks are examined.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours and 1.5 Tutorial hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 364 or permission of the Head of Mathematics and Statistics.


MATH 485.3: Elements of General Topology

Topological spaces, separation axioms, products, quotients, convergence, connectedness, extension theorems, and metric spaces.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 371.


MATH 498.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


MATH 499.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


MATH 811.3: Numerical Solution of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations

One-Step methods for initial-value problems, multi-step methods, boundary-value problems; discussion of discretization error and propagation of errors, convergence, and stability. Partial Differential Equations: Some finite-difference schemes for hyperbolic, parabolic and elliptic partial differential equations, their stability and convergence; applications.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Formerly: MATH 814
Prerequisite(s): MATH 314 and MATH 338 or equivalents, or by permission of the instructor.
Note: Students with credit for MATH 814 cannot receive credit for this course.


MATH 818.3: Special Topics in Applied Mathematics

The topics to be discussed will be related to recent developments in applied mathematics (numerical analysis, differential equations, mechanics, applied analysis, etc.) of interest to the instructor and students.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): A graduate course in applied mathematics, or permission of the department.
Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.


MATH 838.3: Methods of Applied Mathematics II

The course is devoted to classical topics in Applied Mathematics, including Integral equations, Theory of Distributions, Fourier Transforms, and Calculus of Variations. By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze modern mathematical models involving ordinary and partial differential equations and integral equations, and approach the solution from different points of view, building on knowledge of classical mathematical methods and hands-on practical experience gained in this course.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): (MATH 331.3, MATH 339.3, MATH 371.3, and MATH 373.3), or equivalents as determined by the colllege, or permission of the instructor.
Note: Cannot receive credit for MATH 438.3 and MATH 838.3. Cannot receive credit for MATH 838.6 and MATH 838.3.


MATH 839.3: Methods of Applied Mathematics I

This course covers methods pertaining to the formulation and solution of problems involving linear and nonlinear Partial and Ordinary Differential Equations (PDE, ODE). Topics include: Linear equations of mathematical physics; Initial/boundary value problems; Bases of functions; Fourier series; Operators in function spaces; Separation of variables; Method of characteristics; Green’s functions; Traveling wave solutions. At the end of the term, students will be able to formulate complex mathematical models, and approach their solution from different points of view, building on knowledge of classical mathematical methods and hands-on practical experience gained in this course.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): (MATH 331.3, MATH 339.3, MATH 371.3, MATH 373.3, and MATH 379.3), or equivalents as determined by the colllege, or permission of the instructor.
Note: Cannot receive credit for MATH 439.3 and MATH 839.3.


MATH 872.3: Special Topics in Pure Mathematics

The topics to be discussed will be related to recent developments in an area of pure mathematics (analysis, topology, algebra, etc.) of interest to the students and instructor.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.


MATH 875.3: Functional Analysis

An introduction to functional analysis at the graduate level. Topics will include Normed and Banach spaces, Bounded linear operators, The Hahn-Banach Theorem, The Principle of Uniform Boundedness, The Open Mapping and Closed Graph Theorem, Weak and Weak topologies, Adjoint operators, Compact operators on Banach space, Hilbert spaces, Bounded linear operators on Hilbert spaces, Spectrum of operators on Hilbert spaces, Compact Normal operators.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 371, MATH 373, and MATH 379 or equivalent.


MATH 876.3: Operator Theory

An introduction to operator theory at the graduate level. Topics will include Banach algebras, Specturm of an element in Banach algebras, Spectral radius, Analytic functional calculus, C-algebras of operators, Continuous and Borel functional calculus, Spectral measures.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 371, MATH 373, and MATH 379 or equivalent.


MATH 882.3: Algebraic Topology I

Two-dimensional Manifolds, the Fundamental Group including the Seifert-Van Kampen Theorem, Applications to Knot Theory and Group Theory.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): MATH 485.


MATH 898.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.


MATH 899.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.


MATH 990: Seminar

All graduate students in the department enroll each year. Students attend the regular department colloquia. After the first year in their program, they are expected to join the regular seminar series in their area of specialization.


MATH 992.0: Project

Students undertaking the project Master's degree (M.Math.) must register for this course.


MATH 994: Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.


MATH 996: Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.