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Math Immersion Project

The Math Immersion Project is a unique design focused on helping mathematics majors (and math secondary education majors) transition from problem-solving math courses which dominate their first two years to the proof-intensive courses in their last two years.

Two professors will lead the immersion, each attending all 12 hours of instruction. Topics will be arranged flexibly. This efficiency means students will receive more instruction and guidance than taking the same courses unbundled. Office hours and group work times will be integrated with the Immersion to promote student success.

Quick Facts

Starts Fall 2018
Open to Math and Math Education Majors
Cohort of 20-25 Students
2 Problem-Solving Courses
2 Proof Intensive Courses
12 Weekly Class Hours

Courses

MATH 2800 - Introduction to Mathematical Proof

Topics include propositions and their truth values, tautologies, quantifiers, methods of proof, sets, relations, and partitions, functions, and mathematical induction.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2460 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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MATH 3650 - Introduction to Linear Algebra

An introduction to the basic concepts of linear algebra. Topics include finite-dimensional vector spaces, bases, linear transformations and matrices.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2460 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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MATH 3350 - Probability & Statistics

A calculus-based course in probability and statistics. Probability topics include binomial, geometric, and normal random variables; expected value and variance of random variables; a set-theoretic treatment of probability spaces; independence; and conditional probability. Statistics topics include descriptive statistics, regression, and confidence intervals along with hypothesis testing using z and t procedures, Chi-Squared tests, and ANOVA. Appropriate technology is required including statistics software (SPSS) and handheld technology (TI-84, TI-89 or TI-Inspire).

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2460 (may also be taken concurrently)

Hours:
3



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MATH 3600 - Introduction to Abstract Algebra I

A formal introduction to the algebra of groups, rings and fields.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: MATH 2800 with a grade of C or higher

Hours:
3



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Why Immersion?

Students experience problem-solving math courses exclusively in K-12 and during the first two years of a college math major. Junior and senior level math courses require students to write their own proofs for homework and on tests. The transition is jarring, uncomfortable, and, for many, unworkable. Math departments nationwide have identified transition-to-proof as the key gateway in undergraduate mathematics learning. Students who transition successfully go on to graduate with a degree in mathematics. Others struggle with barely-passing grades and often find themselves having to retake proof-intensive courses. Some ultimately may decide to change majors.

Registering for the Immersion

Register for the following courses:

MATH 2800 (CRN: 5192)

MATH 3600 (CRN: 5193)

MATH 3350 (CRN 5194)

MATH 3650 (CRN: 5195)

You must register for all four courses to be in the Immersion. You may enroll in the Immersion provided you need credit for at least three of the Immersion courses. For those who have taken only one of the above courses, you may enroll in the Immersion but will be required to attend all Immersion classes. (Please contact Dr. Briggs or Dr. Sinn with any questions about how this would work for you.)

Please Note: You will likely receive a prerequisite error when trying to register for MATH 3600 (CRN: 5193) because MATH 2800 (CRN: 5192) is a required prerequisite. Register in Banner for the three courses you can, then contact Ms. Angie Erwin in the Mathematics Department for assistance.

FAQs

What courses will I get credit for if I do the Immersion?

MATH 2800 – Intro to Proofs
MATH 3600 – Abstract Algebra
MATH 3350 – Probability & Statistics
MATH 3650 – Linear Algebra

Why should I enroll in the Math Immersion?

The Immersion includes four courses that are required for all UNG math and math secondary education majors, and instruction has been designed specifically for your needs. Ask any math major who’s graduated recently, and they agree. The transition to proof is the most difficult aspect of the last two years of an undergrad math major. The Immersion focuses on the transition to proof and is likely to lead to more learning, better retention and better transference of knowledge to other courses. Group studies and dedicated, daily office hours for Immersion students will foster improved learning and more opportunities for one-on-one assistance.

Who is eligible?

Anyone who has completed Calculus II (MATH 2460) with a C or better and needs the Immersion courses.

How do I register?

You must sign up for all four Immersion courses: the CRN’s are 5192, 5193, 5194, and 5195. You may receive a prerequisite hold for MATH 3600. If so, sign up for other three, then contact Ms. Angie Erwin in the Mathematics Department for assistance.

Who is teaching the Immersion?

Dr. Karen Briggs and Dr. Robb Sinn designed the Immersion and will team-teach it. Both instructors will attend class at all times, and both will be available to answers questions before and after class and during breaks.

Do I get the same grade in all four courses?

No, you will receive four individual letter grades, one for each course. On your transcript, it will look like four individual courses.

I only need one of the classes. Can I sign up and take it?

No, the Immersion is a 4-course, 12-credit-hour package. It’s all or nothing. Instructional time will be used with extreme flexibility, and the integrated approach means that topics from any course may be discussed at any time during the Immersion.

If I’ve already completed one of these courses, can I still be in the Immersion?

Yes, but you should speak with Dr. Briggs or Dr. Sinn. Students must attend all Immersion class meetings, but they may still participate if they even if they earned a C or better in one of the four Immersion courses already. Stop by our offices and ask us – we can help you understand how the Immersion might work with your specific plan of study.

What is the class schedule?

The Immersion will meet in NOC 206 on MWF from 9 – 11 AM and TR’s from 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM. There will be office hours each morning from 8 AM until class begins, and at least one hour of office hours each day either right after class or after a reasonable break for lunch.

What textbooks will I need?

All courses except Prob-Stats (MATH 3350) will use the same textbook that UNG typically uses for those courses. Prob-Stats will use a free course packet in D2L, not a textbook.

How will testing work?

Each course will have its own tests. If you take a probability test, you will only be asked probability questions. However, the probability question you are asked may apply to a Linear Algebra idea. Cross-cutting test questions won’t be a total surprise, as you will have seen something similar in class or as a homework problem.

I’m not on the Dahlonega campus, can I still join the Immersion?

Yes, you may. Cross-campus registration begins April 18. Please register for the Immersion courses at that time. Contact Dr. Briggs or Dr. Sinn for more information.

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