Placement Guide for Those Entering Emory College


Math Placement Exam
Calculus Options at Emory
Advanced Math for Students with 6 Hours of AP Credit

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam yields a recommendation for your first Calculus class at Emory. The exam is optional, and the recommendation is non-binding. Students are strongly encouraged to take the exam and to follow the recommendation.

Academic Honesty

The Math Placement Exam is to be completed in accordance with the provisions set forth in the Emory College Honor Code, and every student who applies to and is accepted by Emory College, as a condition of acceptance, agrees to abide by the provisions of the Honor Code so long as he or she remains a student at Emory College.

Sections 4 (c) and 4 (d) of the Honor Code cite the following types of academic misconduct as grounds for reprimand or expulsion:

(c) Seeking, using, giving, or obtaining unauthorized assistance or information in any academic assignment or examination;

(d) Intentionally giving false information to professors or instructors for the purpose of gaining an academic advantage.

This includes giving any false answers on the survey portion of the placement exam. You are therefore expected to complete the Math Placement Exam individually, without help from others, and to complete it to the best of your ability.

By continuing from this page to the actual Placement Exam, you automatically accept and re-affirm your pledge to abide by the Honor Code of Emory University.

Instructions

Use the link below to enroll in the Emory Math Placement Exam Canvas course:

https://canvas.emory.edu/enroll/HEC7W9

Please use your Emory NetID to log in. The exam is administered as a Canvas Quiz; information on how to take the quiz is available on the Canvas page. The Placement Exam consists of:

  • A multiple-choice Mathematical Background Survey, to be done first.
  • A Pre-Calculus Section, to be done second, and
  • A Calculus Section, to be completed at the end.
NOTE: If you have not had any exposure to calculus, you should not take the second part (Calculus Section) of the Placement Exam. Please know that if you elect not to take this second part of the exam, your placement recommendation will not exceed Math 111 - Calculus 1.

Each of the parts above can be done at separate times, or immediately after each other. You'll have two (2) hours to complete the Pre-Calculus Section, while only ninety (90) minutes to complete the Calculus Section. You do not need the full time assigned to each section to complete it; the times have been chosen with connectivity, Canvas, and troubleshooting issues in mind. Once a Canvas Quiz has been started, you will not be able to pause the timer. Thus, be sure to allot the necessary time and resources to take a part before you start it. Be sure to have pen/pencil and multiple blank sheets available to tackle the problems. Please note that NO CALCULATORS OR CALCULATING DEVICES are allowed while taking any part of the Placement Exam.

Deadlines

The Placement Exam will be graded, and its recommendations mailed out to students according to the following timeline:
  • Placement Exams taken on or before Monday, July 26, 2021, will be graded by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
  • Placement Exams taken on or before Monday, August 9, 2021, will be graded by Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
  • Placement Exams taken on or before Monday, August 23, 2021, will be graded by Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Please contact Juan Villeta-García (jvillet@emory.edu) if you have any questions or concerns about the placement exam.


Calculus Options at Emory


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Calculus Placement Guide

Math 111: Calculus I

This course covers limits, differentiation, and the integration of single variable functions. Students will learn how to interpret and compute results in these topics, as well as to understand their application within the social and natural sciences. This is a 3 credit hour course.
Prerequisites:
None
Intended Audience:
Recommended for those with no prior Calculus experience, and for those majoring in Mathematics, Chemistry, Business, Computer Science, Physics, or Economics


Math 112: Calculus II

This course is intended for those who have completed Math 111 at Emory or who have completed Calculus l at another university. It starts with techniques on integration and introduces topics as if it is the first time students have seen them. Offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prerequisites:
• Math 111 or 111L at Emory, or
• Calculus I at another university.
Intended Audience:
Math 112 is the recommended route for students majoring in Math, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Economics.


Math 112Z: Calculus II

This course begins with series and sequences. It recaps the techniques of integration, but at a quick pace. Offered in Fall Only, Available to Freshmen only
Prerequisites:
To enter this course, you must have:
• A score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement exam, or
• A score of 5,6, or 7 on the HL I.B. Math test.
Intended Audience:
Math 112 is the recommended route for students majoring in Math, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, or Economics.


Math 116: Life Sciences Calculus II

This course introduces students to the application of differential equations and probability theory in the life sciences. The course begins with a quick review of some integration techniques, exponential growth, and decay. Students will be briefly introduced to the matrix and multivariable calculus topics needed to study systems of differential equations that model such phenomena as competition, predator/prey, and epidemics. There is an introduction to probability theory, followed by several applications to topics such as genetics. This is a 4 credit hour course. Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisites:
Freshman who have:
• Completed Math 111, or
• Received a 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement exam, or
• Scored a 5,6, or 7 on the HL I.B. Math test.
Intended Audience:
Math 116 is required for students pursuing a BS in Biology.
It is not required for the Biology BA but is often recommended for Medical Schools.
Math 116 is not designed for students pursuing higher- level math and does not satisfy the prerequisite for any advanced math courses.

If you wish to pursue 200-level math courses, you should take Math 112 or Math 112Z (for students with AP credit).


Advanced Math for Students with 6 Hours of AP Credit


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Advanced Math Placement Guide

Math 211: Multivariable Calculus

This course extends the ideas of differentiation and integration to functions of more than one variable, focusing on computation and integration of the results. It also defines vector-valued functions and investigates the concepts of differentiation and integration in this setting. Applications include optimization of functions of more than one variable and computing the work done by a continuous force field. Fall, Spring, and Summer
Prerequisites:
• Six hours of AP credit (a score of 4 or 5 on the AP BC exam)
or
• Math 112 or 112Z
Intended Audience:
This course is intended for students majoring in one of the following fields:
• Math
• Physics
• Economics


Math 212: Differential Equations

This course begins by defining a differential equation with the main objective of the course being to find a solution or set of solutions to a given differential equation. Several families of differential equations are examined and solutions computed when possible. Differential equations are used to model dynamic systems. There will be several applications throughout the course demonstrating how to set up and solve such systems. Fall and Spring
Prerequisites:
• Six hours of AP credit (a score of 4 or 5 on the AP BC exam)
or
• Math 112 or 112Z
Intended Audience:
Math 212 is required for students majoring in Applied Math, Applied Math & Stats, and Physics BS degrees.


Math 221: Linear Algebra

This course begins with the definition of a matrix and some fundamental operations that can be performed on matrices, such as adding or multiplying two matrices together. Vector spaces are also introduced. A connection is then formed by modeling vector spaces using matrices. Advanced topics involving matrices, such as diagonalization and quadratic forms, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonalization, and the Gram-Schmidt process are examined. Fall and Spring
Prerequisites:
• Six hours of AP BC credit, or
• Math 112 or 112Z
Intended Audience:
This course is required for students majoring in the Mathematics BA, Applied Math BS, and the Applied Math/Stats BS, as well as the Computer Science BA and BS.

Note: Other departments, such as Chemistry and Economics, highly recommend that students take one or more of the math classes described above if they plan to pursue graduate school. See your specific department’s website or advisors for more details.


Math 275: Honors Linear Algebra

Math 275 and Math 276 provide ambitious math majors with an accelerated pathway into more advanced math courses. Students who complete the full-year sequence fulfill the major requirements for Linear Algebra (Math 221), Multivariable Calculus (Math 211,) and Foundations of Math (Math 250). Math 275 and 276 are more intense than regular versions of these courses, so math majors who elect this route should be ready for a serious challenge.
Note: If you complete Math 275 without completing Math 276, you will be given credit for Math 221. You must complete the sequence in order to get credit for all 3 courses listed above.
Math 275: Fall
Math 276: Spring
Prerequisites:
• A score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam, or
• A score of 7 on the HL IB exam, or
• Permission of the instructor, see below:
Students, including freshmen, who wish to enroll, must email math-apscores@listserv.cc.emory.edu. Include a screen shot showing your AP or IB text scores.
Intended Audience:
Math 275 and 276 are intended for ambitious math majors, including freshmen, who are serious about math and ready for the challenging material covered. When both courses are completed, students will have access into more advanced math courses.


NOTES

Any requests for AP/IB credit and placement in a higher level course should should be emailed to math-apscores@listserv.cc.emory.edu. Include a screen shot showing your AP or IB text scores.