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333 Milbank Hall
Department Administrative Assistant: Susan Campbell

Chair: Walter D. Neumann (Professor)
Professors:  David A. Bayer, Dusa McDuff (Helen Lyttle Kimmel Chair)
Assistant Professors: Daniela De Silva, Dylan Thurston
Research Professor and Professor Emerita: Joan Birman

Other officers of the University offering courses in Mathematics:

Visiting Eilenberg Professor: Sergiu Kleinerman
Professors: Panagiota Daskalopoulos, Aise Johan de Jong, Robert Friedman, Patrick X. Gallagher, Dorian Goldfeld, Brian Greene, Richard Hamilton, Troels Jorgensen, Ioannis Karatzas, Mikhail Khovanov, Igor Krichever, John W. Morgan, Peter S. Oszvath, D. H. Phong, Henry Pinkham, Eric Urban, Mu-Tao Wang, Shou-Wu Zhang
Associate Professors: Melissa Liu, Ovidiu Savin, Michael Thaddeus
Assistant Professors: Julien Dubedat, Robert Lipshitz, Rachel Ollivier
Visiting Assistant Professors: Christopher Jankowski, Paul Siegel
Ritt Assistant Professors: Salim Altug, Sabin Cautis, Po-Nig Chen, Anand Deopurkar, Luis Diogo, Alexander Drewitz, Bohan Fang, Sachin Gautam, Wei Ho, Jennifer Hom, Clement Hongler, Adam Knapp, Maksim Lipyanskiy, Nam Le, Fabio Nironi, Marcel Nutz, Xin Wan, Xiangwen Zhang, Michael Woodbury, Anton Zeitlin
Senior Lecturers: Mikhail Smirnov, Peter Woit
NSF Postdoctoral Fellows: Christine Breiner, Paul Johnson, Andrew Obus, David Vela-Vick,
Simons Postdoctoral Fellows: Qile Chen, Frederik Viklund


Students who have special placement problems, or are unclear about their level, should make an appointment with a faculty member or the chair.

Two help rooms, one in 404 Mathematics and one in 333 Milbank, will be open all term (hours will be posted on the door and the online) for students seeking individual help and counseling from the instructors and teaching assistants. No appointments are necessary. However, resources are limited and students who seek individual attention should make every effort to come during the less popular hours and to avoid the periods just before midterm and final exams.


The systematic study of Mathematics begins with one of the following alternative sequences: Calculus I, II, III, IV (Math V 1101–2, V 1201–2); Honors Math A-B (Math V 1207–8).

Credit is allowed for only one of the calculus sequences. The calculus sequence is a standard course in differential and integral calculus. Honors Mathematics A-B  is for exceptionally well-qualified students who have strong advanced placement scores. It covers second-year Calculus (Math V 1201–2) and Linear Algebra (Math V 2010), with an emphasis on theory.

Calculus II is NOT a prerequisite for Calculus III, so students who plan to take only one year of calculus may choose between I and II or I and III. The latter requires a B or better in Calculus I and is a recommended option for some majors.

Introduction to Higher Mathematics (MATH V 2000) is a course that can be taken in their first or second year by students with an aptitude for mathematics who would like to practice writing and understanding mathematical proofs.


College Algebra and Analytical Geometry is a refresher course for students who intend to take Calculus but do not have adequate background for it.

Advanced Placement: Students who have passed the advanced placement test for Calculus AB with a grade of 4 or 5 or BC with a grade of 4 receive 3 points of credit. Those who passed Calculus BC with a grade of 5 will receive 4 points of credit or 6 points on placing into Calculus III or Honors Math A and completing with a grade of C or better.

Calculus I, II, III: Students who have not previously studied calculus should begin with Calculus I. Students with 4 or higher on the Calculus AB or BC advanced placement test may start with Calculus II. Students with 5 on the Calculus BC test should start with Calculus III.

Honors Mathematics A: Students who have passed the Calculus BC advanced placement test with a grade of 5, and who have strong mathematical talent and motivation, should start with Honors Mathematics A. This is the most attractive course available to well-prepared, mathematically talented first-year students, whether or not they intend to be mathematics majors. Students who contemplate taking this course should consult with the instructor. If this is not possible ahead of time, they should register and attend the first class.