Message from the Departmental Chair
Programs
Where to go for Help
Our goals
Prizes and awards
Mathematics contests

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics!

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Whether you are majoring in one of our programs, taking a course required by another program, or taking a course for general interest, we want to help you to learn and enjoy mathematics and/or statistics. The faculty members in this Department value both the beauty and the utility of their discipline. They are dedicated to exploring and developing new ideas in mathematics and statistics, and to helping you to explore, understand, appreciate and make use of those ideas. Ideas are much more than facts. They are harder to acquire, but infinitely more valuable.

This Minicalendar is intended to help you to choose the programs and courses best suited to your needs and interests. Much effort has gone into making it accurate, and it contains much information not available elsewhere. The program checklists towards the back of this publication lay out our department's program requirements perhaps more clearly than any other York document. Please also consult the "official, legally binding" regulations in the York Undergraduate Programs Calendar, at www.yorku.ca.

Programs

The Department is especially happy to welcome students choosing to major in one of our many excellent programs, through either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. I urge you to stay in touch with your professors and to ask about and get involved in student clubs. We offer a diverse set of degree programs, designed to respond to the many differing interests and career aspirations of our students. The current programs are outlined throughout this minicalendar. One new development is that the department is introducing a new Computational Math Program in Fall 2002. We are also now including a computer component in all sections of our regular calculus course (MATH 1310). We would like to hear from you if you are unsure as to which program best suits you, if you are contemplating a change, or simply if you feel some advice would be helpful.

Where to go for help

The Department's faculty and staff members are pleased to offer you their assistance. Questions concerning your program, or enrolment in courses, are best handled by the Undergraduate Program Offices (ugmath@mathstat.yorku.ca). Arts and Science students may contact Janice Grant in N503 Ross or the Program Secretary in N502 Ross (416-736-5902), Monday-Friday, 10:30a.m.-noon and 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Science students may also contact Gillian Moore in 101 Petrie (416-736-5248). Office hours for Applied Mathematics will be posted outside the Petrie office. Should you need further advice on academic matters, please ask for an appointment, through one of the office staff, with one of the Undergraduate Program Directors: M. Abramson (Mathematics, Mathematics for Commerce); N. Madras (Applied Mathematics); Y. Wu (Statistics). Some introductory courses will have quite large enrolments, and we urge you to take advantage of the Math/Stat Lab (S525 Ross) and your tutorials, if available, as these will provide some of the individual attention you may require. You will find that your teaching assistants, instructors, and course coordinators are eager to help if you encounter difficulties in a course. Don't wait until the end of a course to deal with a problem; contact your instructor for help or advice sooner, not later. Faculty member's office hours can be found through the department's Main Office in N520 Ross (416-736-5250) or the Applied Mathematics Program Office in 101 Petrie (416-736-5248). Appointments to see the Chair can be made with the Secretary to the Chair in N522 Ross (ext. 22555). Most Department members are quite happy to correspond with you by email. The Department also has general Undergraduate and Graduate information available on-line at www.math.yorku.ca. In addition, the course descriptions in this minicalendar will be available on the web.

Our goals

You may find that a variety of teaching methods are used in your mathematics and statistics courses. But whatever methods may be used, faculty members have certain goals in common. They want to help you to learn the basic material of the course, to understand how and why this material was developed, and to know how to apply it. Through problem solving, you will acquire skills in critical thinking and logical analysis that will serve you well in many careers, particularly those that demand a sound understanding of mathematics or statistics. It is important to develop the ability and desire to pursue knowledge independently, to understand the power and elegance of abstract reasoning, and to appreciate the role of mathematics in human culture and the sciences.

Prizes and awards

Each year the Department offers several prizes and awards for outstanding achievements in mathematics and statistics courses. Department members have contributed substantially to some of these. Students receiving any of these will be honoured at the Annual Fall Department Awards Ceremony and will have their names displayed in the halls of the Department. Other prizes (eg. the Allen S. Berg Award in Applied Mathematics) are awarded at the Faculty level.

Students are listed on the Chair's Honour Roll for having achieved a high grade point average over all Departmental courses (at least two full course equivalents without second digit 5). An outstanding student in each of the year-levels 2, 3, and 4 in a Departmental program is chosen for the Irvine R. Pounder Award. Professor Pounder was one of the two founding members of the Department, and the award was established by the Department in 1990-91 on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birth. The other founder of the Department is commemorated in the Alice Turner Awards, which are awarded to outstanding Faculty of Arts graduates of a Departmental degree program, one to a three year and one to a four year degree graduate. The Moshe Shimrat Prizes are awarded to students in university or secondary school for interest and demonstrated ability in mathematical problem-solving. The G.R. Wallace Scholarship was established by the family and of G.R. Wallace, the late Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary of the Zurich Life Insurance Company. It awarded annually to outstanding Department honours students in Applied Mathematics, and in the Actuarial or Operations Research streams of the Mathematics for Commerce program. The George & Frances Denzel Award is awarded for excellence in Statistics. The Linda Herskowitz Bursary is awarded to a department major who, through her own achievements, best honours the memory of a long-time former staff member. The Abe Karrass Bursary honours the memory of Professor Abe Karrass, and is awarded to an outstanding student in a Department Honours program. Note that the Department does not necessarily give out every award each year. In addition, some awards are partially based on demonstrated financial need. Students should also inquire in January with their Math/Stat Instructor about the possibility of summer employment through the NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Program.

Mathematics contests

There are two international mathematics contests open to undergraduate students. One, called the Putnam Examination, involves attempting to solve a number of challenging mathematics problems during an all-day examination late in the fall term (see page 7 of this minicalendar). The other, called The Mathematical Contest in Modelling, involves one or more teams of students who are given a weekend to develop a mathematical model for a challenging applied problem (see page 8). In both cases, practice sessions will be held under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Announcements about these contests will be made in classes and posted in the Math/Stat Common Room (N537 Ross) at the appropriate times. We invite you to test your skills.

I wish you success in your studies.

Tom Salisbury

Department Chair