- To prepare you for Part 1 of the Comprehensive Exam by helping you to review and develop mastery of the five fundamental courses of the math major: Differential and Integral Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, and Linear Algebra.
- To help you develop your abilities to communicate your ideas, especially your mathematical and technical ideas, through writing and through speech.
- To help you become informed about the range of opportunities available to you as math majors, both over the next year and after you graduate.
You can find a link to the syllabus here.
Week 1: Due Thursday, January 31
- Complete a practice Calc 1 section of the comps exam.
- Use $\LaTeX$ to typeset your answers for the Calc 1 exam; you should include a
\maketitlecommand that gives a title and your name and the date.
- Fill out this short survey on how comfortable you feel with each topic on the comps study guide. Use 1 for topics you don’t remember at all, and 5 for topics you feel completely comfortable with. (Please try to complete this by Saturday).
Comps Part 1
Part 1 of the Comprehensive Exam will be held TBD
The exam covers the required topics from the five fundamental courses. You can download the topics lists from Occidental’s website. There is a study guide available here.
We have a number of practice exams from previous years available.
- 2004 and 2005
You may find the introduction to LaTeX I wrote elsewhere on this site helpful.
I encourage everyone to look for a job/internship/research opportunity this summer. This will improve your resume, and also give you a better idea what sorts of things you might want to do after you graduate. Many of these opportunities will pay you reasonably well.
Occidental Undergraduate Summer Research
Occidental has an undergraduate research program to sponsor you doing research with a professor. You would need to find a professor to mentor you; the program comes with a $4500 stipend and subsidized (but not free) summer housing. The deadline is February 9.
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates.
The NSF REU program funds experiences where a group of undergraduates from different institutions gather and do research on a math topic for ten weeks over the summer; typically the students also receive a stipend of several thousand dollars.
A list of programs running this summer is available here. Deadlines are typically in February and March. (Most NSF programs are only available to US permanent residents).
The AMS has an info page rounding up several summer internship opportunities.
The MAA also has a page of internship opportunities. It also has a roundup pages on careers here.
SIAM has a page on internships and careers.
I’ll try to add more resources as I find them.