John Emerson

Charles A. Dana Emeritus Professor of Mathematics

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Degrees, Specializations & Interests:
A.B., University of Rochester; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University; (Statistical methods, Data Analysis, Biostatistics)



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

MATH 0116 - Intro to Statistical Science      

Introduction to Statistical Science
A practical introduction to statistical methods and the examination of data sets. Computer software will play a central role in analyzing a variety of real data sets from the natural and social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, elementary distributions for data, hypothesis tests, confidence intervals, correlation, regression, contingency tables, and analysis of variance. The course has no formal mathematics prerequisite, and is especially suited to students in the physical, social, environmental, and life sciences who seek an applied orientation to data analysis. (Credit is not given for MATH 0116 if the student has taken ECON 0210 or PSYC 0201 previously or concurrently.) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. computer lab. DED

Spring 2015

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MATH 0121 - Calculus I      

Calculus I
Introductory analytic geometry and calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differential calculus of algebraic and trigonometric functions with applications to curve sketching, optimization problems and related rates, the indefinite and definite integral, area under a curve, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Inverse functions and the logarithmic and exponential functions are also introduced along with applications to exponential growth and decay. 4 hrs. lect./disc. DED

Fall 2015

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MATH 0200 - Linear Algebra      

Linear Algebra
Matrices and systems of linear equations, the Euclidean space of three dimensions and other real vector spaces, independence and dimensions, scalar products and orthogonality, linear transformations and matrix representations, eigenvalues and similarity, determinants, the inverse of a matrix and Cramer's rule. (MATH 0121 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. DED

Spring 2015

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MATH 0310 - Probability      

An introduction to the concepts of probability and their applications, covering both discrete and continuous random variables. Probability spaces, elementary combinatorial analysis, densities and distributions, conditional probabilities, independence, expectation, variance, weak law of large numbers, central limit theorem, and numerous applications. (concurrent or prior MATH 0223 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. DED

Fall 2015

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MATH 0500 - Advanced Study      

Advanced Study
Individual study for qualified students in more advanced topics in algebra, number theory, real or complex analysis, topology. Particularly suited for those who enter with advanced standing. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018

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Recent Publications

Moses, L.E., Emerson, J.D., and Hosseini, H.  "Analyzing Data from Ordered Categories." In  J.C. Bailar III and D. Hoaglin, Eds.,  Medical Uses of Statistics, 3rd Ed., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 2009, 311-323.

Agarwal, S., Colditz, G.A., and Emerson, J.D. "Use of Statistical Analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine." In  J.C. Bailar III and D. Hoaglin, Eds.,  Medical Uses of Statistics, 3rd Ed., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 2009, 41-49.

Emerson, J.D., Brooks, R.L., and McKenzie, E.C. "College Sports and Student Achievement: The Evidence at Small Colleges." In Data-Driven Decision-Making in Intercollegiate Athletics. New Directions in Institutional Research, edited by J.L. Hoffman, J.S. Antony, and D.D. Alfaro. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, No. 144, 2009, 65-76.

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