Mathematics (MAT)

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

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MAT 500. Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide an intense review of the core concepts essential to the study of applied mathematics. Topics include the main theorems of differential and integral calculus; techniques and theorems of vector analysis; sequences and power series; complex arithmetic and elementary complex-valued functions; first-order, second-order, and systems of linear differential equations; matrix algebra and vector spaces. The computer algebra systems Matlab and Mathematica will be introduced as computational tools for these topics.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.

MAT 503. History Of Mathematics. 3 Credits.

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MAT 513. Linear Algebra. 3 Credits.

Vectors, vector spaces, determinants, linear transformations, matrices, and bilinear and quadratic forms.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 513 requires prerequisite of MAT 512.

MAT 514. Theory Of Numbers. 3 Credits.

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MAT 515. Algebra I. 3 Credits.

Elements of abstract algebra, groups, commutative ring theory, modules, and associative algebras over commutative rings. Offered in fall of odd-numbered years.

MAT 516. Algebra II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of MAT 515. Vector spaces, representation theory, and Galois theory.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 516 requires prerequisite of MAT 515.
Typically offered in Spring.

MAT 517. Topics In Algebra. 3 Credits.

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Repeatable for Credit.

MAT 521. Discrete Mathematics & Graph Theory. 3 Credits.

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MAT 532. Geometry I. 3 Credits.

This course is a rigorous introduction to geometry from a transformational point of view, emphasizing Euclidean, hyperbolic, and/or projective geometry. Other topics such as Spherical geometry, symplectic geometry, or Affine geometry may be included if time permits.

MAT 533. Geometry II. 3 Credits.

A study of geometry using calculus as our main tool. The course covers the basics of differential geometry: parametrizations, tengent spaces, curvature, geodesics; leading to Stokes theorem and the Gauss-Bonnett theorem. Several examples will be studied in depth, including the sphere and the projective plane (which were introduced in the first course).

MAT 535. Topology. 3 Credits.

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MAT 536. Algebraic Topology. 3 Credits.

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MAT 541. Advanced Calculus. 3 Credits.

For students with background deficiencies in analysis. Ordinary and uniform limits; sequences of functions; and the Riemann integral.
Typically offered in Summer.

MAT 543. Topics in Differential Equations. 3 Credits.

An advanced topics course. Existence and uniqueness theorems, stability theory, singular points, regular singular points, Sturm separation theorem, and the "method of Liapunov.

MAT 545. Real Analysis I. 3 Credits.

A rigorous study of real-valued functions of real variables.
Typically offered in Fall.

MAT 546. Real Analysis II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of MAT 545.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 546 requires prerequisite of MAT 545.
Typically offered in Spring.

MAT 548. Industrial Mathematics - Continuous Models. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide a survey of mathematical concepts, techniques, and numerical algorithms used to study real-world continuous mathematical models. Application areas include population dynamics, climatology, feedback and control systems, traffic flow, diffusion, fluids and transport, and epidemiology. Computer software packages such as Matlab, Mathematica, and Maple will be used in the analysis of the problems.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 548 requires prerequisite of MAT 500.
Typically offered in Fall.

MAT 549. Industrial Mathematics - Discrete Models. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide a survey of mathematical concepts, techniques, and numerical algorithms used to study real-world discrete mathematical models. Application areas include forestation, particle dynamics, image processing, genetics, queues, efficient call and traffic routing, and optimal scheduling. Computer software packages such as Matlab, Mathematica, and Maple will be used in the analysis of the problems.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 549 requires prerequisite MAT 500.
Typically offered in Spring.

MAT 552. Operations Research. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of deterministic operations research methodology including linear, integer, nonlinear, and dynamic programming, and classical optimization problems. The computer algebra system MATLAB and other software will be used as an investigative tool in analyzing the problems that arise.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 552 requires prerequisite of MAT 500.
Typically offered in Fall.

MAT 553. Stochastic Modeling. 3 Credits.

This course introduces topics in stochastic optimization and control (including Markov chains, queueing theory, reliability theory, inventory theory, and forecasting), discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation, and stochastic differential equations. Applications are drawn from manufacturing, finance, logistics, and service systems. The computer algebra system MATLAB and other software will be used as an investigative tool in analyzing these models.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 553 requires prerequisite of MAT 500.
Typically offered in Spring.

MAT 554. Scientific Computing. 3 Credits.

This case-study driven course will illustrate the use of computational tools in multiple science and engineering domains. The focus is on using MATLAB and appropriate numerical methods (including solutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations, finite elements, linear programming, optimization algorithms, and fast-Fourier transforms) to assist in investigating mathematical models of phenomena in the physical, ecological, and financial realms.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 554 requires prerequisite of MAT 500.
Typically offered in Fall.

MAT 555. Industrial Mathematics Practicum. 3 Credits.

This is a case study, team problem-solving based course focused on solving real-world problems that can be modeled using discrete or continuous mathematics techniques and which emanate from industry. Ideally, the problems would be obtained from partnerships with local industry. Until these relationships develop, extant problems or problems arising in WCU faculty research (in math, physics, biology, geology, finance, etc.) will be used.
Pre / Co requisites: MAT 555 requires prerequisites of MAT 548, MAT 549, and one of MAT 552, MAT 553 or MAT 554.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.
Repeatable for Credit.

MAT 570. Math Models In Life, Phys & Soc Sciences. 3 Credits.

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MAT 575. Complex Analysis I. 3 Credits.

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MAT 583. Operations Research & Applied Mathematic. 3 Credits.

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MAT 595. Topics in Mathematics. 1-3 Credits.

Topics announced at time of offering.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Repeatable for Credit.

MAT 599. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

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MAT 609. Thesis I. 3 Credits.

Conduct literature search, develop thesis proposal and begin research under the guidance of a mathematics department faculty member.

MAT 610. Thesis II. 3-6 Credits.

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MAT 999. Transfer Credits (Graduate). 3-9 Credits.

Transfer Credits.