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Department: Mathematics

Bernadette MullinsBernadette Mullins

Professor of Mathematics

Office:

Olin 110

Contact Information:

Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-3026
Office Fax: (205) 226 3079
E-mail: bmullins@bsc.edu

Brief Career Background:

1995-1999 Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Youngstown State University
1999-2000 Associate Professor of Mathematics, Youngstown State University
2000-2003 Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Birmingham-Southern College
2003-2009 Associate Professor or Mathematics, Birmingham-Southern College
2009-present Professor or Mathematics, Birmingham-Southern College

Educational Background:

1989 B.S. in Mathematics, Western Illinois University
1995 Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Iowa

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Commutative ring theory
  • Mathematics education

Courses Taught:

MA 124 Precalculus Mathematics (1)
A preparation for students who plan to study calculus. This course focuses on modeling realworld phenomena using polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. An understanding of these functions is developed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Not open to students who have passed MA 231 or equivalent. Prerequisite: placement. Fall, Spring.

MA 150 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (1)
An introduction to important mathematical ideas and their applications in the real world. This course is designed for nonmathematics/science majors and includes topics from a variety of mathematical areas at the discretion of the instructor. Possible topics include population modeling, the mathematics of interest and loans, environmental modeling, probability, statistics, and the mathematics of social choice. Not open to students who have passed MA 231 or equivalent. Prerequisite: MA 115 or placement. Fall, Spring.

MA 231 Calculus I (1)
A course in calculus emphasizing graphical, numerical, analytical, and descriptive points of view. Topics include functions, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Prerequisite: MA 124 or placement. Fall, Spring.

MA 232 Calculus II (1)
A course in calculus emphasizing graphical, numerical, analytical, and descriptive points of view. Topics include definite integrals, approximation techniques, indefinite integrals, elementary differential equations, modeling, Taylor polynomials, and infinite series. Prerequisite: MA 231 or placement. Fall, Spring.

MA 310 Calculus III (1)
A course in calculus emphasizing graphical, numerical, analytical, and descriptive points of view. Topics include parametric equations, polar coordinates, vectors, multivariable and vectorvalued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, vector fields, and line integrals. Prerequisite: MA 232 or placement. Fall, Spring.

MA 311 Differential Equations (1)
An introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations with emphasis on solution techniques and applications. Whenever possible, numerical, qualitative and analytical methods are discussed, and students are encouraged to make use of computers in solving some of the problems. Prerequisite: MA 310. Spring.

MA 335 Transition to Higher Mathematics (1)
An introduction to the logic and methods used in advanced mathematics, with emphasis on understanding and constructing proofs. Prerequisite: MA 232. Fall.

MA 451 Abstract Algebra I (1)
Topics include binary operations, groups, subgroups, group homomorphisms, factor groups, and a brief introduction to rings and fields. Prerequisite: MA 335.

MA 455 Introduction to Topology (1)
An introduction to the topology of Euclidean space and of surfaces. Topics include continuity, compactness, cell complexes, and the classification of surfaces. Applications include fixed-point theorems, the Jordan curve theorem, and map colorings. Prerequisites: MA 310 and 335.

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