The mission of the department of mathematics is to:
Provide a foundation in mathematics that will prepare McMurry mathematics
majors for a career or graduate school. We expect such
students to be able to:
 Communicate mathematical ideas in a written format.
 Communicate mathematical ideas in an oral format.
 Construct valid mathematical proofs.
 Solve equations of various types.
 Perform valid mathematical computations.
 Use mathematical problem solving techniques.
 Use mathematical modeling techniques.
 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tools of mathematics.
Provide mathematical course offerings that help other departments
prepare their majors. We expect such students in these courses to
be able to:
 Solve equations of various types.
 Perform valid mathematical computations.
 Use mathematical problem solving techniques.
 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic tools of mathematics covered in the course.
Provide courses that are appropriate for the McMurry general education
requirements. We expect students in the math portion of the
general education to be able to do 3 of the following:
 Be able to solve problems using the techniques from a specific discipline of mathematics.
 Be able to set up and manipulate mathematical models. (Setting up a mathematical model involves taking a situation and describing it in mathematical terms. The mathematical description can then be manipulated to answer questions about the original situation.)
 Demonstrate an understanding of abstract mathematical systems. (Abstract mathematical systems are systems that have been developed as a generalization of some area of mathematics.)
 Be able to apply and symbolically manipulate mathematical functions (such as trigonometric functions).
 Demonstrate an understanding of geometric interpretations of mathematical concepts. (This could be a study of shapes or the study of the impact of shape
Special Programs and Opportunities:
Mathematics Club. The Mathematics Club is open to all students
interested in mathematics. Activities might include programs of special
interest, speakers, and fi eld trips.
Kappa Mu Epsilon. This is a national honor society for students meeting
the necessary academic requirements.
Departmental Awards. Each spring, awards are presented to outstanding
students at the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior levels. An
outstanding junior is awarded the Jennie Tate and the Clyde A., and Mary
Long Scholarship to be used during the student’s senior year.
William Lowell Putnam Competition A national competition held for
students who are recommended by the mathematics faculty. This is held
annually the fi rst Saturday of December.
Departmental Honors. Please see the description of the Honors Program
under the Special Program section earlier in the catalog.
