Summer Math

Summer Math is an opportunity for rising sophomores to get a jump on the mathematics core classes by taking the required sophomore-year classes in an intensive form during the summer.

What Classes Are Offered?

The required sophomore-level courses Mathematics 60 and Mathematics 65 are offered during the three weeks immediately following commencement as an alternative to taking any or all of those courses during the fall of your sophomore year.

When Is Summer Math Being Offered in 2014? Who Will Be Teaching?

The courses run from Monday, May 19 to Friday, June 6.

Mathematics 60: Multivariable Calculus (1.5 Units), will be taught by Professors Karp and Martonosi.

Mathematics 65: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra II (1.5 Units), will be taught by Professors Jacobsen and Orrison.

Classes meet in the morning, at either 8:45–10:15 AM or 10:30 AM–12:00 PM. There are no classes on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26). Professors typically have office hours in the afternoon, with tutoring available in the afternoon and evenings.

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?

Math 60 and 65 are each 1.5 unit courses.

2014 Tuition for 1.5 units: $1464
2014 Tuition for 3.0 units: $2754

Room and board is an additional $690.00 for the three-week period. This amount covers lunch Monday through Friday and dinners Sunday through Thursday.

If you plan to live off-campus, you may enroll without paying room and board. There is also a board-only option that includes lunches and dinners for those who choose to live off-campus.

The HMC Office of Financial Aid considers the 2014 Summer Math Program to be a part of the 2013–2014 academic year. Enrolling in 3 units in the Summer Math Program will not be considered half-time enrollment at HMC. Students enrolled in all courses of the Summer Math Program are not eligible for the Federal Perkins, Federal Direct, and Federal Parent (PLUS) Loan programs. In the past, limited scholarships have been available for summer enrollment. Students interested in learning more about financial aid for the Summer Math Program must contact the Office of Financial Aid by Thursday, April 3, 2014 to discuss individual eligibility of funds.

How Do I Register for Summer Math?

The registration form will be available online—details in a followup e-mail you should receive from the registrar. The deadline for signing up for summer math is 5:00 PM, Friday, April 11, 2014.