Paul M. Cook II is a Professor of Mathematics at Furman. He previously taught as an instructor at Michigan State University. From 1996-97, Dr. Cook served as co-director of Furman's reaccreditation self-study.

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Finite Mathematics

Topics include: set theory, combinatorics, probability, statistics, matrix algebra, linear programming, Markov chains, graph theory, and mathematics of finance. A student cannot receive credit for this course after credit has been received for MTH-260 or any mathematics course numbered greater than MTH-302.


Integrated Precalc/Calc I

Introduction to the theory and methods of differential calculus. Topics include functions, graphs, limits, continuity and derivatives. May not be enrolled on a pass-fail basis.


Integrated Precalc/Calc II

Introduction to applications of the derivative and the theory and applications of the definite integral. Topics include: trigonometric functions and their derivatives, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives, the definite integral and applications of the integral.


Calc for Life & Social Science

Introduction to the methods of differential and integral calculus with an emphasis on applications in the management, life, and social sciences. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, exponential and logarithmic functions, and applications.


Analytic Geometry/Calculus I

First course in the standard calculus sequence. Introduction to the theory, methods, and applications of differential calculus and an introduction to the definite integral. Topics include: algebraic and trigonometric functions, limits and continuity, rules for differentiation, applications of the derivative, antiderivatives, and the definition and basic properties of the definite integral.


Analytic Geometry/Calculus II

The second course in the standard calculus sequence. An introduction to the logarithmic and exponential functions, the applications of the definite integral, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, numerical methods, and infinite series.


Vectors and Matrices

Introduction to the theory of vectors and matrices. Among the topics included are: vectors, vector operations, the geometry of Euclidean space, systems of equations, matrices, matrix operations, special transformations, eigenvalues, and applications of matrix theory.


Higher Mathematics Transition

Introduction to the main ideas and proof techniques of mathematics with an emphasis on reading, writing and understanding mathematical reasoning. Among the topics covered are logic, proof techniques, sets, cardinality, combinatorial enumeration, mathematical induction, relations, functions, and others selected by the instructor.


Number Theory

Introduction to the arithmetic properties of the integers including divisibility, congruences, diophantine equations, primes and their distribution, quadratic forms and quadratic reciprocity. Additional topics will be chosen from continued fractions, cryptography, partitions, elliptic curves, modular forms and number fields.


Modern Algebra

A theoretical introduction to some of the basic ideas of modern abstract algebra. Included is a study of groups, rings, domains, polynomial rings and fields as well as an investigation of their sub-structures and of the fundamental homomorphism theorems.

Paul M. Cook's work focuses on the Multiplicative Ideal Theory and Analysis of Algorithms. He is the department's former chair.

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