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III. Policies: Mathematics

  • Subject name: Mathematics
  • Subject abbreviations: MATH
  • Bibliographer: Megan Bresnahan
  • Other subject responsibilities: Computer Science
  • Address: 184 UCB, Engineering Library
  • Phone: 303-492-4679
  • Email: Megan.Bresnahan@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
This fund supports the curriculum and research needs for both the Applied Mathematics and the Mathematics Departments.

A. Curricular emphasis:
The Mathematics Department provides curricula and degrees in the study of Mathematics. The Faculty teaches Mathematics courses which form a basis or requisite for many degrees in other departments, both in Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


B. Research emphasis:
The Department of Mathematics has research emphases in many fields of study including Logic, Number Theory, Differential Geometry, Partial Differential Equations, Operator Algebras, and Wavelets.


C. Level of Degrees granted:
The Department of Mathematics offers the Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees.


D. Special Studies Programs:
Actuarial Studies program is an interdisciplinary effort of the Departments of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Economics, and the College of Business and Administration.


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Mathematics materials are applicable to almost all other studies on campus.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Especially scientific and research methods institutes or labs.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
The scientific community as well as educators.


H. Other Considerations:
Materials that form the theoretical foundation for subjects such as Computer Science are emphasized. The History of Mathematics is also an important area.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan from Blackwell-North American is the primary source for books. Special orders for faculty and student requests as well as other materials. Gifts-in-kind are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily English. Original language for important source materials.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Only applies to subject history. Any period of mathematical history considered significant.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Primarily American, Western European, or Russian publishers.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Textbooks not usually purchased except to maintain a review and supplementary collection. Popular works purchased only if considered of quality. Concentration on upper division, research, society publications. Biographies and subject history also important.


F. Types of Materials:
Books, conference proceedings, directories. Dissertations only selectively. Audio-visual formats only by faculty request for instruction. Periodicals (print and/or electronic) and electronic indexes considered basic for discipline.


G. Date of Publication:
Primarily current materials. Some retrospective if needed for research materials, source materials, or to fill gaps in collections.


H. Other General Considerations:
The Mathematic collection is housed primarily in the Lester Library for Mathematics and Physics as well as smaller numbers in the Gemmill Engineering Library. The Mathematics collection contains materials for the teaching of Mathematics at all levels. Lesser used materials and periodicals available in electronic format may be housed in off-site storage.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

QA3 Collected works

QA5 Dictionaries and encyclopedias

QA9 Logic

QA11-20 Study and Teaching. Research

QA21-35 History

QA76-77 Computers

QA101-145 Arithmetic

QA135-139 Teaching

QA150-224 Algebra

QA157-160 Teaching

QA241-248 Number Theory

QA273-275 Probabilities

QA276-280 Mathematical Statistics

QA300-433 Analysis

QA400-699 Geometry

QA800- Analytic Mechanics