Chair: Brian C. Lins
Professor Hemler; Associate Professors JayneF, Lins, Pendergrass, Valente; Assistant Professors Loeb, Strayer
COMPUTER SCIENCE 161. (3)
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING. An overview of computing, with consideration given to its impact upon today’s society. Topics may include history, applications, computer organization, programming languages, algorithms, and computability. A student cannot receive credit for Computer Science 161 if he has passed any other college course in Computer Science. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 261. (4)
COMPUTER SCIENCE I. Discussion of algorithms, programs, and computers. Extensive work in the preparation, running, debugging, and documenting of programs. Problem-solving is emphasized. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 262. (4)
COMPUTER SCIENCE II. A continuation of Computer Science 261 but with emphasis on language structures and applications of those structures not normally covered in a first course. Programming efficiency, documentation standards, and programming style are emphasized. Prerequisite: Computer Science 261. Offered: spring semester.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 308. (3)
PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES. A study of the design and implementation of programming languages. Concepts such as non-procedural languages, scope rules, data types and data sharing, control structures, block structure, recursion, storage management, formal specification of syntax and semantics, parsing, and interpreters. Prerequisite: Computer Science 262. Offered: fall semester of even-numbered years.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 321. (3)
CRYPTOGRAPHY. An introduction to both classical and modern methods of cryptography with emphasis on how classical number theory has been applied to problems of modern cryptography in recent years. Topics to include digital signatures, algorithms and protocols for public and private key cryptography, and systems for secure communications such as e-mail. Ethical and political issues having to do with secure communications are also discussed. Prerequisites: Computer Science 262 and Mathematics 262. Offered: spring semester of even-numbered years.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 331. (3)
COMPUTER GRAPHICS. This course covers the principles of two-dimensional and threedimensional computer graphics, including the mathematical theory underlying those principles. Topics include the graphics pipeline, drawing basic shapes in two and three dimensions, linear transformations, meshes, clipping, shading, lighting, textures, and various graphics algorithms. Prerequisites: Computer Science 262 and Mathematics 141. Offered: fall semester of odd-numbered years.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 351. (3)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. A broad introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence. Topics may be chosen from the Turing Test, expert systems, game playing, machine learning, neural networks, automated theorem proving, natural language understanding, and robotics. Programming
languages for Artificial Intelligence, such as Lisp and Prolog, are also studied. Prerequisites: Computer Science 262 and Mathematics 262.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 361. (3)
COMPUTER ORGANIZATION. A machine-level view of computing. Topics may include computer arithmetic and data representation, assembly language programming and the assembly process, machine instruction sets, microprogramming and digital logic. Prerequisite: Computer Science 262. Offered: fall semester.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 362. (3)
DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS. A continuation of the study of data structures begun in Computer Science 262, with emphasis on the analysis of algorithms associated with such structures. Topics to include data structures such as stacks, queues, trees, and graphs, algorithm design strategies and complexity analysis. Prerequisites: Mathematics 262 and Computer Science 361. Offered: spring semester.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 410. (3)
OPERATING SYSTEMS. An historical study of operating systems with an emphasis on how some classical problems of concurrency, such as mutual exclusion and deadlock, have been solved. Additional topics to be chosen from memory management, virtual storage organization, paging, segmentation, process management and scheduling, and interrupt handling. Prerequisite: Computer Science 361. Offered: spring semester of oddnumbered years.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 461. (3)
THEORY OF COMPUTING. An introduction to theoretical computer science. Abstract models of computers are used to help investigate the limitations of computing. Topics may include computability, complexity, automata, formal languages and grammars, and the Chomsky hierarchy. Prerequisite: Computer Science 362. Offered: fall semester.
COMPUTER SCIENCE 480. (3)
ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE. Topics may be chosen from among compiler design, symbolic computation, computational complexity, program verification and correctness, and database theory. Prerequisite: Computer Science 461, or consent of instructor. Offered: spring semester.
MATHEMATICS 105. (1)
PREPARATION FOR CALCULUS. A course designed to maximize students’ potential to succeed in calculus by reinforcing basic mathematical skills. Specific topics include functions and their graphs, algebra, and trigonometry. Students may not selfenroll in Mathematics 105; rather they are placed in the course based on the results of a departmental assessment of calculus readiness. Offered: Each semester.
MATHEMATICS 111. (3)
MATHEMATICS AND SOCIETY. An exploration of the mathematical techniques used to solve problems in society. Specific topics are chosen from among the following: voting and power; division and apportionment; graph theory and scheduling; cryptography, game theory, symmetry, and form; and probability. Students who have completed any course in mathematics above Mathematics 111 cannot receive credit for Mathematics 111. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.
MATHEMATICS 121. (4)
STATISTICS. Introduction to probability and statistics. Exploratory data analysis. Discrete and continuous random variables, estimation, hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: none. Offered: each semester.
MATHEMATICS 130. (4)
FINITE MATHEMATICAL MODELS. A course emphasizing the use of finite mathematics in modeling real-world phenomena. Specific topics are chosen from among the following: matrix algebra, graph theory, cryptography, Leontief input output models, linear programming, probability, counting methods, game theory, and Markov chains. Prerequisite: none.
MATHEMATICS 140. (4)
CALCULUS FOR ECONOMICS. A study of differential and integral calculus and its applications. Topics include differentiation of elementary functions in one and several dimensions, integration of polynomials, and constrained and unconstrained optimization in one and several variables. Prerequisite: Economics 101 and satisfactory performance on a departmental assessment. Students who have any credit at Hampden-Sydney for the study of calculus may not take this course. Offered: each semester.
MATHEMATICS 141. (4)
CALCULUS I. Elementary functions, limits, derivatives, optimization, the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisite: satisfactory performance on a departmental assessment. Offered: each semester.
MATHEMATICS 142. (4)
CALCULUS II. Functions defined by integrals, inverses, applications and techniques of integration, infinite series. Prerequisite: Mathematics 141 or the equivalent. Offered: each semester.
MATHEMATICS 212. (3)
INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS. A survey, from Babylonian mathematics through Greek mathematics, including some topics from modern mathematics, and illuminating G. Cantor’s dictum that the essence of mathematics is its freedom to change. An extensive student project is required. Prerequisite: Mathematics 142, or consent of the instructor.
MATHEMATICS 222. (3)
STATISTICAL METHODS. A project-based study of sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Major topics are classical and nonparametric analysis of variance, and regression analysis. Students use a variety of statistical software to produce both individual and group projects. Prerequisite: Mathematics 121, or consent of the instructor. Offered: spring semester.
MATHEMATICS 231. (4)
LINEAR ALGEBRA. Matrix arithmetic, vectors, abstract vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products, and eigenvalues, with some emphasis on applications and computing. Prerequisite: Mathematics 142. Offered: spring semester.
MATHEMATICS 242. (4)
CALCULUS III. Plane curves, polar coordinates, vector analysis of curves, infinite series, approximation, partial derivatives, line integrals, and double integrals. Prerequisite: Mathematics 142. Offered: fall semester.
MATHEMATICS 243. (3)
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS. Analytic and numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations. Existence and uniqueness of solutions. Solutions of linear systems. Prerequisite: Mathematics 231 and 242, or consent of the instructor. Offered: fall semester.
MATHEMATICS 254. (3)
PROOF AND ABSTRACTION. An introduction to logic, set theory, and the discrete structures most often used in mathematics and computer science. Students will learn foundational proof techniques. Additional topics may include number theory, graph theory, and combinatorics. Prospective mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science majors should take Math 254 during the spring of sophomore year. Prerequisite: Mathematics 142 or both Mathematics 141 and Computer Science 261. Offered: spring semester.
MATHEMATICS 331. (4)
OPTIMIZATION. A mathematical introduction to optimization. Linear programming, integer programming, transportation and assignment problems, game theory, nonlinear programming, and decision analysis. Prerequisite: Mathematics 231. Offered: spring semester of odd-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 334. (3)
ELEMENTARY NUMBER THEORY. An introduction to the theory of numbers. Prerequisite: Mathematics 231. Offered: on sufficient demand.
MATHEMATICS 342. (3)
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS. Solutions to problems of analysis by numerical methods and the study of error in numerical processes. Prerequisites: Mathematics 231 and 242. Offered: spring semester of even-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 343. (3)
VECTOR ANALYSIS. Line and surface integrals, classical theorems of vector analysis. Prerequisites: Mathematics 231 and 242. Offered: on sufficient demand.
MATHEMATICS 345. (3)
APPLIED MATHEMATICS. Mathematical models and topics in advanced mathematics with application to the natural and social sciences. Prerequisites: Mathematics 231 and 242, or consent of the instructor. Offered: fall semester of evennumbered years.
MATHEMATICS 421. (3)
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS I. Discrete and continuous probability distributions, moment generating functions, and limit theorems. Prerequisite: Mathematics 242 and 252. Offered: fall semester of odd-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 422. (3)
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS II. The theory underlying estimation and hypothesis testing, and its application in one- and two-sample problems. Prerequisite: Mathematics 421. Offered: spring semester of even-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 431. (3)
ALGEBRAIC STRUCTURES. Groups, rings, fields, and linear algebra. Prerequisites: Mathematics 231 and 252. Offered: fall semester of even-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 432. (3)
ADVANCED ALGEBRA. Select topics in algebra, which may include field extensions, Galois Theory, or algebraic coding. Prerequisite: Mathematics 431. Offered: on demand.
MATHEMATICS 441. (3)
INTERMEDIATE ANALYSIS. Further investigation of the calculus of one real variable. Continuity, uniform convergence, differentiation, and integration. Prerequisites: Mathematics 231, 242, and 252. Offered: fall semester of odd-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 444. (3)
COMPLEX ANALYSIS. An introduction to the theory of complex functions. Prerequisite: Mathematics 242. Offered: spring semester of oddnumbered years.
MATHEMATICS 448. (3)
TOPOLOGY. Elementary topological concepts. Prerequisite: Mathematics 441. Offered: spring semester of even-numbered years.
MATHEMATICS 451. (3)
GEOMETRY. An axiomatic approach to Euclidean geometry and an introduction to non-Euclidean geometries. Prerequisite: Mathematics 231.
MATHEMATICS 461-462. (3-3)
DEPARTMENTAL DISTINCTION IN MATHEMATICS. A scholarly project conducted in close consultation with a supervising professor. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor for 461; 461 and permission of the instructor for 462. Offered: on demand.