Summer Mathematics

Summer Math is an opportunity to take the required sophomore-year core math class in an intensive format during the summer.

What Classes Are Offered?

The required sophomore-level course Mathematics 82 (Differential Equations) will be offered during the three weeks immediately following commencement as an alternative to taking that course during the fall of your sophomore year. Course information is available on the math department catalog page.

When Is Summer Math Being Offered in 2020? Who Will Be Teaching?

The course runs from Monday, May 18 to Friday, June 5, 2020.

Mathematics 82 will be taught by Professors Jacobsen and Yong.

Professors typically have office hours in the afternoon, with tutoring available in the afternoon and evenings.

Full details and registration information will be available in February on the Registrar’s Summer Math Page.

Why Do Students Take Summer Math?

According to student surveys, the most frequently cited reasons for taking summer math include wanting to

  1. Free up more room in one’s schedule to go abroad or take other classes;
  2. Stay on campus to be with friends; and
  3. Learn math in a focused environment.

Will Taking Summer Math Affect How I Learn the Material?

Every student has different learning styles and different ways of processing and retaining information and skills, so there is no general answer to this question. Some students say they learn better during summer math because they only have to concentrate on one or two subjects. Others say that they learn better by taking a wide variety of courses during the usual academic year.

In 2006, HMC’s Assessment Committee compared the performance of students who had taken summer math versus students who had taken the usual core math sequence during their sophomore year. There was no statistically significant difference in GPAs between the two groups at any point during their first four semesters.

Will I Be Behind if I Don’t Take Summer Math?

Not at all! Although a large proportion of students in recent class years have taken summer math, that in no way reflects that students will be behind if they do not enroll in summer math.

What Happens if I Have to Miss a Day or Two?

Because summer math is so fast-paced, it is difficult to catch up if you miss more than one day of class. If you want to sign up for summer math and know you would be missing class, please talk to one of the summer math instructors before you sign up. You also shouldn’t plan to travel home before the end of the last day of classes.

Can I Do Summer Math and Summer Research?

Not at the same time. You may be able to do research after the Summer Math classes have ended (but probably for only seven or eight weeks rather than a full ten weeks). Also, some research programs have set dates that conflict with Summer Math, so you would not be able to participate in those programs.

How much does it cost? Is financial aid available?

Summer 2020 cost and Financial Aid details will be available on the Registrar’s Summer Math Page.