General Information

The main York Calendar will answer many questions that are not addressed in this booklet. Please remember in particular that the main calendar contains the ``official'', legally binding statements of all university and faculty regulations.

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 booklet 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 Undergraduate Office.

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 1998/99 (except MATH1014, 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 minicalendar.

5. MATH1510 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 MATH1515 3.0 (formerly MATH1500), which provides an entrance to further calculus courses.

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 MATH1540 3.0, or MATH1550 6.0. The prerequisite for these courses is MATH1515 3.0 (formerly MATH1500) 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/MATH1505 6.0 to satisfy the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science 1000-level mathematics requirement. 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 MATH1515 3.0.
A student with OAC Calculus or equivalent can begin with MATH1000 3.0 or MATH1013 3.0 or MATH
1300 3.0, and then take MATH1010 3.0 or MATH1014 3.0 or MATH1310 3.0.

York Excels on Putnam Examination!

Over 400 colleges and universities across North America took part in the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, held last December. According to results released just as we go to press, York University had by far its best showing in over a decade, placing three students in the top 500 of over 2500 competitors, and two in the top 200. Only 14 schools in all of North America (including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, and Chicago) placed more than two students in the top 200. Only three Canadian institutions (Toronto, Waterloo, UBC) topped York's total of two in the top 200, and only one (Queen's) matched York's total.

The following York participants in this most recent Putnam Competition should be mentioned:

Ilya Shapiro, Paul Leistra,
M.C. Duarte, and Franco Saliola.

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 prestige).

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.

Club Infinity

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 Here is a clip [slightly tampered with by the editor]:

``...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 [Ed.: Presumably eating of pizzas and such, not undergraduates, and socializing by undergraduates.] enrolled in math or stat courses. We've got a couch, plently [sic] of blackboard space, and a stash of undergraduate-accessible journals [presumably this means understandable by people without graduate training, not just obtainable by them] 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 are available on the web. Our WWW address is: Comments and/or questions can be e-mailed to


The faculty and staff in the Department want to make all students feel comfortable while at York. If students have any problems, they may wish to speak to the undergraduate coordinator, Professor Morton Abramson (736-5250). Of course, students are also encouraged to discuss with their instructors any difficulties they may have.

Information for Majors

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers degree programmes in four major subjects:

Applied Mathematics (BA or BSc)
Mathematics (BA or BSc)
Mathematics for Commerce (BA)
Statistics (BA or BSc)

These programmes are described in the next section. Detailed lists of course requirements for each programme appear on pages towards the back of this publication. A student should choose one of these majors based on interest and employment goals; one can change major later, if the requirements of the new major can be met.

Course Numbering

MATH courses with second digit 5 cannot be used to satisfy major or minor degree requirements in this Department, except in the Mathematics for Commerce programmes and in other programmes where specifically noted. Second digit 0 usually indicates that a course is required in an Honours programme. With the exception of MATH1530, MATH courses with third digit 3 involve probability and statistics.

``In-department'' credits, ``In-Faculty'' credits

(The topics discussed here are rather technical and complicated; if you are in any doubt in particular cases, consult an advisor. Do not consult the average faculty member; he will probably understand these regulations even less well than you do.)

Course credits come in three types: University, Faculty, and Department. A 3-credit course (say) normally delivers 3 credits in each category, but occasionally may count only for university, or only for university and faculty, credit. The main concern here for MATH majors is to determine which Atkinson College courses count as ``in-department'' and/or ``in-Faculty''.

A MATH major must complete a minimum number of credits within the (AS/SC) Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Faculties of Arts and Science each have ``in-Faculty'' credit total requirements as well (see the Faculty requirements pages towards the back of this minicalendar, or, better, the main York Calendar).

The situation with respect to courses offered by Atkinson which are cross-listed as AS or SC courses (or both) is sufficiently complex that you should consult an advisor (someone whose job it is to advise students about such matters).

Atkinson courses that are NOT cross-listed as AS or SC courses you should assume are out-of-Faculty and out-of-department for both Arts and Science unless you specifically read otherwise in a Lecture Schedule. Consult an advisor.

Upper-level courses

In choosing courses, students should bear in mind the prerequisites for courses which they may wish to take in later years. Also, students are cautioned that some courses may be given only in alternate years. The ``Special Topics" and ``Topics in'' courses (MATH4100 3.0, MATH4110 3.0, MATH
4120 3.0, MATH4130 3.0, MATH4200 3.0, etc.) may be offered in both terms and may be repeated with different topics. The prerequisites for each course are usually the 3000-level course(s) in the appropriate subject area. When registering for these courses, note any letter immediately following the four digit course number. It indicates the version of the course being given; the same version may not be taken again later for credit.

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