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 as an alternative to taking that course during the fall of your sophomore year. Course information is available on the math department course descriptions page.

When Is Summer Math Being Offered in 2021? Who Will Be Teaching?

The course will be online Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 am – 11:00 am PST and run from Monday, May 24th to Friday, July 2nd.

Mathematics 82 will be taught by Professors Jacobsen and Yong.

The course is synchronous. Enrolled students are expected to be in attendance during the scheduled class times. Students who may not be able to attend all course sessions but still want to enroll should contact the professors to inquire about the feasibility of such participation.

Professors have daily office hours and there are grutors available during the afternoon and evening hours.

Full details and registration information will be available 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 [during non-Covid times]; 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?

Normally we would say no, but in Summer 2021 since the course is online and over six weeks it may be possible. We recommend you check in with your research advisors with the understanding that you would be in class MTRF from 9:30 – 11:00 am.

How much does it cost? Is financial aid available?

Summer 2021 cost and Financial Aid details will be available on the Registrar’s Summer Math Page.