Cantor and a Perspective on the Infinite

Georg Cantor made many invaluable contributions to mathematics, it is to him that we owe the earliest technical explanation of transcendental numbers, the formulation of the Heine–Cantor theorem, and most famously his development of set theory. The latter is a mainstay in grade school mathematics today, but it remains difficult to explain at its most basic level absent some analogous comparison.

Placement in Mathematics and Statistics

General Information:  Students enter Amherst with varying degrees of preparation in mathematics and statistics.  It is not always easy to decide which course is most appropriate. Students who study mathematics during their first semester at Amherst typically take Math 105, 111, 121 or 211. Students who study statistics during their first year at Amherst typically take Stat 111, 135, or 230. See course descriptions for more information.

Renowned New York Times Math Blogger Steven Strogatz to Speak at Amherst College Oct. 4

Submitted on Friday, 9/21/2012, at 12:01 PM

September 21, 2012                                      

AMHERST, Mass. – Steven Strogatz, Cornell University mathematics professor and New York Times math blogger, will give a talk titled “Bringing Math to the Masses” in the Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m.


Tally Me Banana

Here’s a weighty question: How many pounds of bananas does Valentine Dining Hall go through in a single year?
After the college posted that very question on its Facebook page, more than 40 people contributed guesses. Responses ranged from 1,500 pounds (not even close) to 47,000 pounds (very warm) to 100,000 pounds (way too many).


Fall 2007/Spring 2008 Course Catalog

The information below is taken from the printed catalog the college produces each year. For more up to date information, including links to course websites, faculty homepages, reserve readings, and more, use the 'courses' or semester specific link to your left.

05. Calculus with Algebra. Mathematics 05 and 06 are designed for students whose background and algebraic skills are inadequate for the fast pace of Mathematics 11.