A GUIDE FOR YOU TO
CHOOSE YOUR MATH COURSES
Since many introductory mathematics courses are offered, you should be able to select a course to match your level.
Most beginning students will take Math 90, 100, 170 or
190.
Here is a guide:
ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLICY:  




AB  1,2  none  Math 90 
BC  1,2  none  Math 100 (or 90) 
AB  3  none  Math 100 (or 90) 
AB  4,5  Math 90  Math 170 (or 190) 
BC  3  Math 90  Math 170 (or 190) 
BC  4,5  Math 90100  Third Semester Math 180, 200, 350 
OVERVIEW:  


No calculus, weak grades in algebra and trigonometry  Math 50 
No calculus, grades O.K. (A's B's) in algebra and trigonometry  Math 90 
One semester calculus, good grades  Math 100 
Two semesters calculus, weak grades  Math 100 
Two semesters calculus, good grades, no infinite series  Math 170(or 190) 
Two semesters calculus, good grades, covered infinite series and Taylor polynomials  Math 180 (or 200) 
Two semesters calculus, good grades, strong interest in Math  Math 350 
If you returned the math placement card with your registration, placement into a fall math course was made for you and is listed on your registration notification in this envelope. Occasionally this placement is different from the one you chose. If you have not taken an AP exam, this placement can be regarded as tentative. However,
 If you have had little or no calculus but your secondary school preparation is firm, take Math 90. Don't take a placement test. Otherwise, consider Math 5060.
 If you have had two semesters of calculus, with good grades, take Math 100 (or Math 170 or Math 190). You should not take Math 90 except with permission of the Mathematics Placement Advisor.
 If you have some questions about your placement, before or after the start of classes, please consult the Mathematics Placement Advisor.
Students who qualify for a thirdsemester (sophomorelevel) course on the basis of AP scores or the Calculus Placement Test should consult the information below. For higherlevel courses, please consult the Mathematics Placement Advisor (Professor Hoffstein) or the instructor for the course.
If you are having trouble deciding between two possibilities,
it is strongly advised that you choose the higherlevel class.
It is relatively easy to drop down to the lower one within the
first weeks of the course.
If you have studied thirdsemester calculus and/or linear algebra,
please consult the Math Placement Advisor. If you have decided
to take math, but didn't return the placement card, use the guidelines
above.
Math 100 is the second semester of the introductory calculus sequence. It covers techniques of integration and applications of integration, sequences and series including Taylor series and power series, parametric curves, polar coordinates and first order differential equations.
Math 170 is for students who have the equivalent of a oneyear AB calculus AP course. It treats in more detail the topics of Math 100, assuming that students already have studied integration and its applications.
Math 190 is a version of Math 170 especially suited for students of engineering and physics. It has an additional weekly problem session devoted to applied problems.
There are three distinct thirdsemester calculus courses at Brown: Math 180, 200 and 350.
All three courses include the topics of functions of two variables,
partial derivatives, maxim and minim, gradients, space curves,
constrained maxim and minim, multiple integrals, calculation of
volumes, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, functions of three
or more variables, line integrals and Green's Theorem
(and Stokes' Theorem).
Math 180 ordinarily assumes that students have had the equivalent of Math 170 or 100 (or an honor grade in the Advanced Placement BC calculus exam).
Math 200 is a version of Math 180 specially adapted for concentrators in Engineering or Physics with an additional weekly problem session devoted to applications.
Math 350 is the honors version of thirdsemester calculus. Students with high motivation and interest in mathematics, with high achievement in Math 90100 or a 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement BC calculus test, are especially encouraged to take on the extra work involved in such a course.
Linear Algebra and Calculus form the foundations of the mathematics used in applications, as well as of most higherlevel mathematics. Linear Algebra is taught in Math 520, and in an honors version, Math 540. For the latter, remarks analogous to those on Math 350 apply.
Three semesters of calculus and a semester of linear algebra are the ordinary prerequisites for any 1000level mathematics course (except for Math 1260, which does not require linear algebra).