Math 345: Applied Mathematics

Class Meetings:

Bagby 111, MWF 12:30 - 1:20

Office Hours:

Bagby 125 MWF 1:30 - 4:00, T 2:30 - 4:00, others by appointment

Course Assignments and Resources

  • coming soon

Course Description

This is a course in applied and applicable mathematics.  The theme for Applied Mathematics for the Fall 2016 semester is "The Mathematics of Music, and the Music of Mathematics."  Aspects of this theme will be explored from a variety of perspectives.  Topics include the basic mathematics of waveforms, mathematical models of timbre, frequency and pitch, synthesizing musical waveforms, some aspects of voice leading, and algorithmic generation of music.  Mathematical topics that may be new to you include Fourier series, the Fourier transfrom, Markov chains, and partial orders.


Math 231 (Linear Algebra), Math 242 (Calculus III), or permission of instructor

Final Exam Date

Friday, December 9, 2 - 5 pm.


None.  Your lecture notes, supplemented by notes provided by me, will be your text.

Determination of Course Grade

  • one in-class test 30%
  • projects: 30%
  • mathematical notebook: 15%
  • final: 25%


One in-class test will be given.  The tentative dates for the test is Wednesday, November 2.

Mathematical Notebook

I will ask you to keep a mathematical notebook for this class.  This notebook should contain your solutions to the homework problems I assign.  (It should not contain your class notes.)  I will periodically take up your notebook, and assign a grade for your recent work.  It is important that your mathematical notebook be devoted exclusively to this course, and that it be a clear and complete record of your work in the course.

Attendance and Excused Absences

You are expected to attend every class.  See the Hampden-Sydney College Catalog for the College's policies on class attendance.  You assume full responsibility for all material covered during any absence.  A grade of "0" will be assigned for all work missed due to unexcused absences.

Make-Up Policy

You will have ample time to complete any outside homework assignments, so I will not accept any late submissions for these.  If you are sick on the day of a test or in-class quiz, then you must get in contact with me before the test or quiz is given to arrange a make-up.  If you have a legitimate college-sponsored event in which you must participate (such as a sporting event) scheduled on the same day as a test or in-class quiz, then you must get in contact with me before the test or quiz is given to arrange a make-up.

Laptops, Cell Phones, Texting, etc.

  • no laptops in class
  • all cell phones should be turned off during class, or be put in silent mode
  • no texting or other use of the internet during class please
  • no eating in class
  • no smokeless tobacco