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Math Department

Department of Mathematics


Major in Mathematics!

A mathematics degree from New Paltz accommodates both applied and theoretical interests, and provides exceptional preparation for future careers in law, medicine, education, insurance, and business.

Our small class sizes enable students to work closely with faculty and receive the personal attention that only a liberal arts education can offer. Recent research projects have included angular determinations in pentagons; software development for algebraic evolution; and modeling the success of protest groups, to name a few.

With major tracks in mathematics, adolescence education in mathematics, and elementary education in mathematics, our graduates go on to attend Ph.D. programs, work as financial analysts on Wall Street, secure positions at high-level companies like Microsoft, and teach mathematics in both public schools and the country's most prestigious universities.

Contact Information

Faculty Office Building (FOB) E 2
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

Phone: (845) 257-3532
Fax: (845) 257-3571

Math News

Math & Cookies

Location: FOB S14
Time: 11:00 — 12:00
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2014

Speaker: Edward Hanson
Title: Vectors, Complex Numbers, and Hypercomplex Numbers

Abstract: In this talk, we will take a brief glimpse at the historical connections between vectors and complex numbers. One of the focal points will be Hamilton's invention of the quaternions in 1843. Little to no background knowledge will be assumed.


MathWorks Day Seminar

Tuesday, September 30

CSB Auditorium


In this technical session, we present and discuss ways to increase your productivity and effectiveness using MATLAB. We demonstrate and share best practices for exploring, analyzing and visualizing your data, and how to quickly develop algorithms and share results with your colleagues.

Please register here


Math and Cookies

Location: FOB S14
Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Date: Wednesday September 17, 2014

Speaker: Anca Radulescu
Title: Iterations of interval maps and Sarkovskii's Theorem

We will present a remarkable theorem from discrete dynamical systems due to Sarkovskii, which is amazing for its lack of hypotheses and its strong conclusion.

In the first part of the talk, we will cover "prerequisites" on iterations of real maps. We will define orbits, fixed and periodic points, and we will use cobweb diagrams to visualize and understand periodic orbits.

In the second part, we will discuss Sarkovskii's Theorem and its converse. We will prove a representative particular case, which states that a continuous map of the interval which has a point of period three, has automatically points of all other periods. The proof will use only elementary observations from calculus and basic set theory.