2014-2015 Courses

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Fall 2014
Spring 2015
MATH 210: Basic Concepts 3 SH MATH 211: Basic Concepts II  
MATH 220: College Algebra 3 SH MATH 220: College Algebra 3 SH
MATH 302: Calculus I 4 SH MATH 235: College Trigonometry 3 SH
MATH 400: Linear Algebra 3 SH MATH 303: Calculus II 3 SH
MATH 410 (WI): Modern Geometry 3 SH MATH 412: Calculus IV 3 SH
MATH 411: Calculus III 3 SH MATH 430: Discrete Methods 3 SH
MATH 420: Differential Equations 3 SH MATH 502 (WI): Abstract Algebra 3 SH
    MATH 503 (WI): Math Analysis I 3 SH
    MATH 570: Math Seminar 1 SH

Mathematics Homepage

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

The department is located in Harris Science building. The classrooms and faculty are in the basement in H06, and the third floor in H305. The Department Head is Dr. Ying Yaemsiri-King, email yaemsiri.king@pfeiffer.edu

Mathematics-Courses Offered

MATH 210 Basic Mathematical Concepts I F;S 3 SH

Significance of mathematics in human culture; conceptual aspects of mathematical thought. Topics selected from: logic, real numbers, elementary algebra and geometry, probability and statistics, matrices, and computers. Designed for the mathematics requirement in general education for the non-science, non-business major. Does not count toward the Mathematics major.

MATH 211 Basic Mathematical Concepts II S 3 SH

Geometric patterns; measurement; planar and solid figures and their properties; geometric construction; informal topology; geometric transformations; congruence and grid motion; symmetry and similarity. Prerequisite: MATH 210.

MATH 220 College Algebra F;S 3 SH

Basic concepts of algebra; sets; algebraic operations; linear equations and systems of equations; radicals and quadratic equations; equations of degree higher than two; matrix algebra. This is the basic course for all subsequent courses in Mathematics.

MATH 235 College Trigonometry S 3 SH

Trigonometric functions, identities, and inverse functions; triangles, vectors and applications, exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: MATH 220.

MATH 302 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I F 4 SH

An integrated study of analytic geometry and the calculus; fundamental concepts of variables and functions; limits and continuity; differentiation and applications of differentiation; integration.

MATH 303 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II S 4 SH

An integrated study of analytic geometry and the calculus; integration and applications of integration; logarithmic and exponential functions; trigonometric functions; further techniques of integration. Prerequisite: MATH 302.

MATH 400 Linear Algebra F  3 SH

Matrices; systems of linear equations; determinants; vectors and vector spaces; linear transformations; eigen values, associated eigen vectors; solving differential equations by using eigen values. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 302.

MATH 410 Modern Geometry F even 3 SH

Geometry of two and three dimensions from an advanced viewpoint. Topics selected from: the incidence geometry of planes and space; similarities and congruences; geometric inequalities; absolute geometry; the parallel postulate and parallel projection; polygonal regions; circles and spheres. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: MATH 303.

MATH 411 Calculus III F 3 SH

Conic sections; polar coordinates; infinite series; parametric equations; solid analytic geometry. Prerequisite: MATH 303.

MATH 412 Calculus IV S 3 SH

Functions of several variables; multiple and line integrals; vectors. Prerequisite: MATH 411.

MATH 420 Differential Equations F 3 SH

Basic concepts, theorems, methods, and applications of ordinary differential equations. Prerequisite: MATH 303.

MATH 430 Discrete Methods S 3 SH

An introduction to the basic techniques and modes of reasoning or combinatorial problem solving. Topics selected from graph theory and combinatorics, including: basic properties of graphs and digraphs; graph coloring; trees; Eulerian and Hamiltonian circuits; elementary counting principles; permutations and combinations; inclusion/ exclusion principle; and recurrence relations. Prerequisite: MATH 303.

MATH 440 Probability and Statistics I F odd 3 SH

Probability; discrete variables and their probability distributions; continuous random variables and their probability distributions. Calculus-based. Prerequisite: MATH 303.

MATH 441 Probability and Statistics II S even 3 SH

Functions of random variables; multivariate probability distributions; sampling distributions and the central limit theorem; estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: MATH 440.

MATH 497 Internship in the Mathematical Sciences S 3 SH

This course will provide students with an opportunity to participate in work experiences within mathematically related subjects. Students will be involved in a local high school and in Math 101 at Pfeiffer assuming designated servant leadership with specific tasks to be completed during the term. This hands-on experience integrates practical experience with classroom knowledge. Under the supervision of Pfeiffer mathematics faculty and a local schoolteacher, the student will develop a course contract to be agreed upon by the student, mathematics faculty member, and the Chair of the Mathematics Department. The student will be required to keep log time of activities and written reports. The local schoolteacher will also submit a written evaluation at the completion of the internship. Students are expected to complete 90 hours total for the semester credit received. Forty-five hours will be spent teaching Math 101, one class per week, grading and preparing for the lesson plan. Teaching at Pfeiffer will be under the supervision of math faculty. Math faculty must approve all lesson plans. Another forty-five hours will be through Gray Stone Day School. Prerequisite: Math 412. This course does not count toward the math major.

MATH 502 (WI) Abstract Algebra S 3 SH

Structure of the number system; basic algebraic properties groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: MATH 400.

MATH 503 (WI) Mathematical Analysis I F even 3 SH

A re-examination and in-depth extension of the concepts of limits, continuity, derivative, and integral to one and several variables. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: MATH 412.

MATH 504 (WI) Mathematical Analysis II S odd 3 SH

Functions of several variables; partial differentiation; implicit and inverse function theorems; point-set theory; continuous functions; integration theory. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: MATH 503.

MATH 510 Complex Variables F odd 3 SH

A study of complex numbers, analytic functions, elementary functions, integrals, residues, series and poles. Prerequisite: MATH 412.

MATH 520 Numerical Analysis S odd 3 SH

Computer arithmetic, systems of equations; interpolating polynomials; numerical methods applied to integration and differential equations; root solving. Prerequisites: MATH 400, MATH 420 and COMP 265 or above.

MATH 530 Theory of Numbers S even 3 SH

Properties of numbers, divisibility, primes, congruence of numbers, Diophantine equations, arithmetic functions and Fermat's Theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 412.

MATH 570 Math Seminar S 1 SH

Faculty and students will give talks on topics of interest. Each student will also prepare a research paper. Prerequisite: Junior status in mathematics and completion of MATH 412.

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at Pfeiffer University

math_facultyClasses at Pfeiffer are small so as to emphasize personal interaction between students and faculty. Introductory mathematics courses such as College Algebra may have up to 35 students. The advanced classes are often small, ranging from 5 to 15 students. Pfeiffer students have an opportunity to extend their mathematical learning by working one-on-one with a faculty member through independent studies.

The Pfeiffer mathematics curriculum provides a solid foundation in mathematics, along with an introduction to different areas in the mathematics sciences, including computer information, applied mathematics and secondary education (K 9-12). This broad background prepares our students for graduate and professional schools, as well as for careers in applied mathematics or teaching. The department also offers co-majors in math-computer.  There are specific course requirements to complete a Mathematics degree.

Mathematics classes are enhanced by modern computer facilities available in the math lab, which is located in Harris Science room 06B2 on the first floor. Students have access to mathematical software, as well as to resources of the internet and the college library catalog, through a campus computer network.

The faculty and math students have a strong relationship through the math club. The group meets several times a year for special events or projects that the members desire. The Math Department also sponsors the Jean Mobley Award which is usually given every year to a math major.

The department is located in Harris Science building. The classrooms and faculty are on the basement in H06, third floor in H305, and the second floor of Stokes Student Center in SCS 208, and SCS 213.

Dr. Ying Yaemsiri-KingDr.  Yaemsiri-King graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand with a B.Ed and came to the US to complete her M.Ed and went on to receive M.S and Ph.D degrees in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. After being a visiting faculty member at NCSU, Dr. King joined the Pfeiffer Math Department in 1989 and is now Head of the Department. Her special interests center of Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra and Complex Variables. Dr. King was selected for inclusion in the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th edition of “Who’s Who” Among America’s Teachers and 21st edition of America Man and Women of Science.

Dr. John GrosvenorDr. John R. Grosvenor received his B.A. degree magna cum laude, from Arkansas College (now Lyon College); his M.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University; and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia. He taught at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and Sweet Briar College before coming to Pfeiffer in 1991. He was selected for inclusion in the fifth edtion of “Who’s Who” Among America’s Teachers and was a recipient of Pfeiffer’s Starnes Award (1999). He is also the author of a textbook on Foundation of Geometry.

Prof. Ross BraymerMr. Ross Braymer graduated from Pennsylvania State University in Erie, PA with a B.S. in Mathematics. Fe then received an M.O.R. from North Carolina State University in Operations Research. Mr. Braymer joined the Pfeiffer Math Department in Fall 2006. His special interests are in the area of Applied Mathematics, he is also interested in Control Theory and Linear Programming.


Math Lab

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Consultants are available to provide help with math related problems. The schedule of hours is from 8-5:00 p.m. M-F. The lab is open for use by students and faculty and is first come first serve.

* Math lab is also available on Mon.-Thurs. from 7-8 p.m. in Harris room 10. This is for students who need help in Calculus, College Algebra, Trigonometry and Basic Concepts courses.

Tutoring and Service Learning

Early in each semester, the list of math tutors is available through the learning center which is located on the third floor of the library. Students who need help in math can request a tutor from the learning center.

Math Club

10309477 877785972246563 3896754992837551720 nThe Pfeiffer Math Club is an organization devoted to the promotion and enjoyment of mathematics. All mathematics majors and other students in math courses are encouraged to join the club. Officers are elected in the Spring for the next year. The Math Club sponsors activities like social events, field trips, club fair and a booth at Homecoming. The Math Club also sponsors Graphing Calculator Workshop, either on or off campus every fall and spring semester. We work with the local high school to provide tutoring for their students.. 


Jean Mobley Award

10154032 787040717987756 6459576513745941473 nThe Jean Mobley Mathematics Award was first given in 1993. The award, which honors Dr. Jean Mobley, a mathematics professor at Pfeiffer from 1963 to 1989, is usually given each year during the Awards Day ceremonies to a mathematics major of senior status with the best combination of grade point average, mathematical activities and integrity. The recipient receives a plaque from the department.


1993  Tracy Gaddy           

1994   Christine Gerzack        

1995   April Hatley           

1997   Karen Morton       

1999   Misty Seavey           

2001   Dedra Oates           

2004   Danielle Cato           

2006   Trent F. Drye           

2007   Patricia Seamon     

2010   Karie Jones

2013   Meg Gaston

2014   Yukina Onoda




Mathematics-Degree Requirements


58 SH Minimum

MATH 302

Calculus I

MATH 412

Calculus IV

MATH 303

Calculus II

MATH 420

Differential Equations

MATH 400

Linear Algebra

MATH 502

Abstract Algebra

MATH 411

Calculus III

MATH 570

Math Seminar

PHYS 303

Calculus-Based General Physics

PHYS 304

Calculus-Based General Physics II


  • Plus additional courses in Mathematics at 400 level or above to reach 58 SH minimum.
  • Choose one of the following two course sequences:
    - CHEM 301 General Chemistry I and CHEM 302 General Chemistry II
    - BIOL 211 General Biology I and BIOL 212 General Biology II
  • Two COMP courses (courses selected must be approved by Mathematics Program Chair). 
  • In order to meet state certification requirements, students planning to teach secondary school mathematics must take, in addition to the courses listed above, MATH 410 and MATH 430 AND either MATH 440 or MATH 503
  • Reading qualification in French or German is recommended for students considering graduate work in Mathematics


20 SH Minimum

Courses are to be taken in sequence until the minimum semester hour requirement is met.

MATH 220

College Algebra

MATH 302

Calculus I

MATH 235

College Trigonometry

MATH 303

Calculus II

  • Plus additional courses taken at 400 level or above to complete minor in Mathematics. If students start their minor with MATH 302, the semester hour requirement is reduced to 17.

Mathematical Sciences (MATH)

mathstudents resizedThe curriculum in Mathematical Science offers a comprehensive program of study, including a four-semester sequence in elementary and intermediate calculus and a two-semester sequence in advanced calculus, differential equations, probability and statistics, modern geometry, linear and abstract algebra. A variety of introductory and special courses, serving the needs of general education and majors in business, teacher education, and the natural and social sciences is also available.

Students may either major or minor or take a concentration for teacher education in Mathematics. One may pursue licensure to teach high school (grades 9-12) by completing the Education Minor as described in the Secondary Education section. Mathematics majors may continue with graduate study in Mathematics, statistics, computer science, operations research, biomathematics and other areas. Study in Mathematics also prepares one for a career in business, industry, or education. The need for mathematically-trained individuals in the various fields of application continues to increase.


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