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A GUIDE FOR YOU TO
CHOOSE YOUR MATH COURSES

 

First check our Calculus Placement FAQ guide


Most beginning students will take Math 90, 100, 170 or 190.

Here is a guide:

ADVANCED PLACEMENT POLICY:

 AP Test

 Score

  Place Out

 Placement
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 90-100-170

Third Semester Math 180,200,350

OVERVIEW:

High School Math Background

 Placement
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

 

 

A Guide to Second-Semester Calculus Courses at Brown

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 one-year 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.

 

A Guide to Third-Semester Calculus Courses at Brown

There are three distinct third-semester 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 third-semester calculus. Students with high motivation and interest in mathematics, with high achievement in Math 90-100 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.

A Brief Comment on Linear Algebra Courses

Linear Algebra and Calculus form the foundations of the mathematics used in applications, as well as of most higher-level 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 1000-level mathematics course (except for Math 1260, which does not require linear algebra).