Faculty Profile

Jennifer Schaefer

Associate Professor of Mathematics (2008)

Contact Information

schaefje@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 236
717.245.1402
http://users.dickinson.edu/~schaefje/Site/Welcome.html

Bio

Her research interests include the areas of representation theory of finite groups and finite dimensional algebras, symmetric spaces, and writing in the discipline.

Education

  • B.S., University of North Dakota, 2003
  • M.S., University of Iowa, 2004
  • Ph.D., 2008

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

MATH 211 Discrete Mathematics
An introduction to fundamental mathematical concepts used in mathematics as well as computer science, with an emphasis on writing mathematical arguments. The course presents the principles of mathematical logic and methods of proof such as direct and indirect proofs and mathematical induction. Other topics include sets, functions, relations, matrix algebra, and techniques from elementary combinatorics and graph theory. Prerequisite: 170 or COMP 131 or departmental placement. Offered every semester.

MATH 211 Discrete Mathematics
An introduction to fundamental mathematical concepts used in mathematics as well as computer science, with an emphasis on writing mathematical arguments. The course presents the principles of mathematical logic and methods of proof such as direct and indirect proofs and mathematical induction. Other topics include sets, functions, relations, matrix algebra, and techniques from elementary combinatorics and graph theory. Prerequisite: 170 or COMP 131 or departmental placement. Offered every semester.

MATH 262 Intro to Linear Algebra
An introduction to matrix algebra and abstract vector spaces with an emphasis on writing mathematical arguments. Topics include linear systems and matrices, vector spaces, linear independence, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.Prerequisite: 211 or permission of the instructor. Offered every semester.

Spring 2018

MATH 171 Multivariable Calculus
Multivariable calculus including parametric and polar equations, vectors, three-dimensional analytic geometry, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, and multiple integrals. Additional topics if time permits.Three hours of classroom and one and a half hour of lab per week. Prerequisite: 170 or departmental placement. Offered every semester.

MATH 301 Intro to Number Theory
The course aims to introduce the basic concepts of elementary number theory. Some highlights are the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, congruence, Fermat’s little theorem, and quadratic reciprocity. Applications of number theory, including ISBNs, divisibility criteria, cryptography, and coding theory, will be also explored.