Department Chair:
Elizabeth Wilmer

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6707
Fax: (440) 775-6638

10 N. Professor St/King 205

Oberlin, OH, 44074



Department Overview

Mathematics is the study of structure and the way it can be applied to
solve specific problems. The mathematics one sees in high school and
the first year or so of college--techniques for solving equations,
trigonometry, analytic geometry and calculus--represents only a small
corner of the discipline. Some of the structures discussed in more
advanced courses include algebraic systems such as groups and vector
spaces, geometric notions such as surfaces, manifolds and topological
spaces, and spaces of differentiable or integrable functions. Such
structures are used to construct mathematical models that may explain
and predict events in a wide variety of disciplines. Mathematics, a
diverse field encompassing many subjects, has been with us since
antiquity and is a pervasive force in our society. The major branches
of mathematics--algebra, analysis, geometry, and logic in pure
mathematics; applied analysis, combinatorics, probability and
statistics, and operations research in applied mathematics---are
well-represented among our faculty's research interests. 

Curriculum Overview

As mathematics is both a technical and cultural field of study, the
curriculum is planned with the following varied objectives: (1) to
offer students an introduction to mathematics as an important area of
human thought; (2) to prepare students for graduate study in pure or
applied mathematics, and in such related fields as statistics and
operations research; (3) to serve the needs of students in fields that
rely substantially on mathematics, such as the physical, biological,
social and information sciences, engineering, and business
administration; and (4) to provide liberal arts students with an
introduction to the kinds of mathematical and quantitative thinking
important in the contemporary world.
Students seeking guidance in the selection of courses are strongly
urged to confer with a member of the department, all of whom are happy
to be consulted.


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