William & Mary

Non-Calculus Courses

The department offers five non-calculus courses, each being independent of the others.

The first is Math 103, Precalculus Mathematics. This course is designed for students who plan to take calculus (Math 108 or Math 111) but whose algebra and trigonometry backgrounds need improvement. The course is supposed to develop skills in operating with functions (including the trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions), graphs, equations, inequalities, systems of equations and ineaqualities. This course does not satisfy the College's first general education requirement (GER-1).

The second course is Math 104, Mathematics of Powered Flight. Its goal is to study mathematics in an immediately applied context. This course is primarily aimed at non-science students and will fulfill the GER-1 requirement. The course is not open to students who have successfully completed a Mathematics course numbered higher than 210.

The third course is Math 106, Elementary Probability and Statistics. This course emphasizes probability and its application in statistics, with emphasis on underlying principles rather than special techniques. The course is not open to any student who has taken a Mathematics course numbered higher than 210, and it meets the College's GER-1 requirement.

The fourth course, Math 110, Topics in Mathematics, gives an introduction to mathematical thought with topics not routinely covered in other courses. The material is chosen from various areas of pure and applied mathematics, including probability and statistics. This course does not satisfy the College's GER-1 requirement.

The fifth course is Math 150, one of the College's freshman seminars. In recent years, the course has been devoted to such topics as graph theory and cryptography, and the mathematics of voting. In any given semester, several different freshman seminars might be offered, and students should consult the Fall and Spring Registration Bulletins for a description of the seminars' topics. Like all freshman seminars, its enrollment is limited to about 15 students, and the course is reading-, writing-, and discussion-intensive.