Choice of courses
Students should take care to enrol in the mathematics courses most appropriate to their
interests, needs, and background. In many cases, courses with similar titles may be
intended for very different audiences. Students should be guided by the information given
in this publication and should consult an advisor in case of doubt.
When selecting courses, please note the following:
1. A student choosing university-level mathematics courses for the first time should
consider speaking either to a faculty advisor in the Department or to the Department's
2. With the exception of courses which are core requirements for degrees in the
Department, students should in general not expect courses (especially some
upper-level courses) offered in a given calendar year to be offered also the following
year. This applies to both Fall/Winter and Summer courses. The Department tries to offer
some courses in alternate years, partly to allow variety in choice of topic. In some
cases, some information about the year a course is expected next to be offered can be
found in the Course Offering entry devoted to it (later in this minicalendar).
3. For information about courses offered in Summer 1999/2000 (except MATH 1014, 1025,
and 1505), students should enquire at the office of the Department of Computer Science and
Mathematics of Atkinson College (Room 527 Atkinson, tel. 736-5232). Questions about the
summer versions of the above three courses should be directed to N502/503 Ross.
4. Note that instructors for some courses may change after publication of this
5. MATH 1510 6.0 is intended for students who have a weak mathematical background, even
those who may have one or more OACs in mathematics (or equivalents). It can serve as
preparation for MATH 1515 3.0 (formerly MATH 1500), which provides an entrance to further
6. Calculus options for first-year students:
- BBA students who wish to take only a minimum amount of mathematics should take either
both of MATH 1530 3.0 and MATH 1540 3.0, or MATH 1550 6.0. The prerequisite for
these courses is MATH 1515 3.0 (formerly MATH 1500) or OAC Calculus or equivalent.
- Science students (particularly those majoring in Biology, Geography, Kinesiology and
Health Science, or Psychology) who do not require other specific calculus courses to
satisfy degree requirements, or as prerequisites for higher-level courses, may take AS/SC/
MATH 1505 6.0 to satisfy the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science 1000-level mathematics
Other students should be guided by paragraphs (c) and (d) below.
- A student with at least one OAC in mathematics or equivalent, but without previous
calculus, must begin the study of calculus with MATH 1515 3.0.
- A student with OAC Calculus or equivalent can begin with MATH 1000 3.0 or MATH 1013 3.0
or MATH 1300 3.0, and then take MATH 1010 3.0 or MATH 1014 3.0 or MATH 1310 3.0.
Degree credit exclusions
Specific regulations concerning "degree credit exclusions" appear in the main
York calendar. An exclusion occurs when two courses have overlapping material. As a
general rule, you may not take both for degree credit. The concept of
"equivalent" course is different; see the main York calendar for explanations of
both these concepts. Department minicalendars do not contain all degree credit
exclusions; when in doubt consult a departmental advisor.
Atlantis Exchange Project: Study in Europe
Undergraduate students in mathematics, computer science or physics, and graduate math
students, may earn York credit while studying abroad for one or two terms, through the new
programme Atlantis: New Avenues in the Teaching of Mathematics. The Project Leader
is York mathematics professor Walter Tholen (tel. 736-5250, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Atlantis is
funded by the Government of Canada through the Learning and Literacy Directorate of the
Department of Human Resources Development Canada. The programme contributes significantly
to travel and living expenses during the student's stay at one of these York partner
institutions: Coimbra (Portugal), Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Trieste, and L'Aquila
Visit the project website at http://atlantis.yorku.ca.
One may also get more information through York International at 201 York Lanes on campus
(416) 736-5177), or by e-mailing Barbara Mann at email@example.com.
Many faculty members of the Department believe that all students in our courses should
participate in "study groups". The Department has organized a team of upper-year
students as study group Coordinators to assist particularly first and second year students
to form such groups with their classmates. Research has shown that, on the whole, students
who participate in study groups from the beginning of their university experience tend to
do better in their studies than those who do not.
For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.math.yorku.ca/Undergrad/studygroups.html
This club is a student-run organization committed to providing visibility and a voice
for mathematics and statistics students. It organizes and sponsors various activities at
York which are aimed to help math and stats students in dealing with their studies, as
well as socio--intellectual activities. Copies of old math exams are also available
through the club. Please come in and get involved!
The club's web page URL is http://math.yorku.ca/infinity/.
Here is a clip: "... the Math/Stat Student Common Room, located in N537 Ross, [is]
smack in the middle of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This room is intended
for individual or group studying, eating and socializing of undergrads enrolled in math or
stat courses. We've got a couch, plently of blackboard space, and a stash of
undergraduate-accessible journals for your reading pleasure. There is also bulletin board
space set aside for students to advertise used math texts they wish to buy or sell."
The club only has control of this room from 11:30 to 2:30 weekdays, but the room is
generally open and available when not booked for other groups.
Department's WWW home page
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has general Undergraduate and Graduate
information available on-line on the World Wide Web. In addition, the course descriptions
in this minicalendar will be available on the web. Our WWW address is: http://www.math.yorku.ca. Comments and/or questions
can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
York Continues to Excel on the Putnam Examination.
Some 400 colleges and universities across North America took part in the annual William
Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, held last December. According to unofficial
preliminary results, York University performed very well for the second straight year.
Altogether ten York students took valuable time from their studies at exam time, to
compete in the venerable Putnam. The following participants had especially notable
Dan Beamish, M.C. Duarte, Max Garber, Franco Saliola, Yasaman
York's success is due in large measure to the "coach" of its team, Professor
Yuri Medvedev. Yuri was a star himself in mathematical competition -- he registered an
outstanding third place overall in the 1971 All-Union Mathematical Olympiad of the
then Soviet Union (a competition roughly comparable to the Putnam in difficulty and