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A Sampling:

MTH-053. Visualizing the Fourth Dimension
An investigation of the idea of higher dimensions and some of the ways of understanding them, with the classic novel, Flatland, as the starting point

MTH-054. Number Theory: From Clock Arithmetic to Unbreakable Code
An introduction to the beauty and use of numbers, with such topics as prime numbers, Fermat's theorem, the golden section, magic squares and quadratic reciprocity

MTH-056. History of Mathematics
Traces the development of mathematical ideas and methods in literate cultures from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, to Hellenistic Greece and medieval China, India and the Islamic world, up through the dawn of calculus at the start of the Scientific Revolution in early modern Europe

MTH-221. Mathematical Cryptology
An in-depth look at the mathematical theory underlying modern methods to accomplish the secret transmission of messages, as well as other tasks related to data security, privacy and authentication

MTH-436. Topology
Topological spaces, connectedness, compactness, continuous mappings and homeomorphisms

Department of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Bailey 202
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6246
Christina Tonnesen-Friedman teaches "Logic and Set Theory."
Christina Tonnesen-Friedman teaches "Logic and Set Theory."


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Mathematics is one of the oldest learned disciplines, and Union College is one of the first schools in the nation to offer math as part of its curriculum.

The Department of Mathematics is dedicated to helping students develop the ability to reason logically, understand abstract concepts and solve problems, and to producing versatile mathematicians who grasp the complexities in their field.

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Metered mathematics
Professor Kim Plofker studies an ancient Indian mathematical tradition to understand how various mathematical ideas and methods originated.

Math majors at Union take foundational courses such as calculus, geometry and probability, and also choose from courses in cryptology, number theory, discrete mathematics, game theory, knot theory and ancient Greek mathematics.

They work closely with faculty members in a variety of settings and course formats, and engage in research under the supervision of a faculty member.

Students’ independent studies have included advanced topics in real analysis, the mathematical study of voting systems, and mathematical computer graphics.

Mathematics graduates find that their research, reasoning, problem-solving and communications skills serve them well after Union in careers as diverse as accounting, actuarial science, business, economics and engineering. Many pursue degrees in education, law and medicine, and others have been successful in obtaining the Ph.D. degree in math at top graduate schools.