Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

AMEP Courses

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Typical Core Sequences

  •  Math 221, 222, 234, 320!, 321!, 322!+ electives  OR
    • Math 275,276,375,376,321,322 + electives 
  • Physics 247, 248, 249, 311, 322+ electives OR
    • Physics 207, 208, 241, 311, 322 + electives

Students interested in AMEP (or Physical Sciences in general) should start with Calculus-based intro Physics 207 or 247 in their FIRST semester at UW.  AMEP is a physics intensive degree program and a feature of the program is to study math and physics in parallel so the two subjects reinforce each other, leading to deeper understanding of both. 

Overview of Core Classes

Introductory Math:

  • Math 221: Single-variable Calculus
  • Math 222: Calculus and Analytic Geometry 
  • Math 234: Multivariable Calculus

Introductory Physics Honors Sequence (recommended for AMEP)

  • Physics 247: Modern Intro to Physics I
  • Physics 248: Modern Intro to Physics II
  • Physics 249: Modern Intro to Physics III

Introductory Physics:  Regular  Sequence

  • Physics 207, 208**: General Physics
  • Physics 241: Intro to Modern Physics

Basic Chemistry:  One course from:

  • Chemistry 109: General Chemistry (preferred for AMEP,  Chem 109 lecture 3 is honors level (!))
  • Chemistry 103 + 104: General Chemistry 

Intermediate Applied Mathematics (Honors Level Sequence, required for AMEP)

  • Math 320!: Equilibrium and Dynamics of Linear Systems
  • Math 321!: Vector and Complex Calculus for the Physical Sciences
  • Math 322: Advanced Calculus (Fourier Series, special functions, Partial Differential Equations)
  • The "!" denotes an honors level version of the course. Make sure you register for 320! (if available) since there are regular versions of 320.
  • All Math 321 sections should be "!" as of Spring 2013.
  • Math 319 + Math 340 may be substituted for 320! .

Intermediate Physics (required for AMEP)

  • Physics 311: Mechanics
  • Physics 322: Electro-Magnetism

** Students entering AMEP after taking Physics 201 or 202 may substitute 201 for 207 and/or 202 for 208, but this is NOT the recommended sequence.

 

Recommended/Suggested Intermediate and Advanced Courses

A number of intermediate and advanced courses in the Mathematics and Physics Departments are strongly recommended by the program advisors for use as electives beyond the core math and physics curricula.

  • Mathematics
    • Math 415: Intro to Applied Dynamical Systems, Chaos and Modeling
    • Math 431: Intro to the Theory of Probability
    • Math/CS 513: Numerical Linear Algebra (computing elective)
    • Math/CS 514: Numerical Analysis (computing elective)
    • Math 561: Differential Geometry 
  • Physics
    • Physics 325: Wave Motion and Optics
    • Physics 407: Advanced Laboratory
    • Physics 415: Thermal and Statistical Physics
    • Physics 448, 449: Atomic and Quantum Physics
  • Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE)
    • CBE 250: Process Synthesis
    • CBE 255: Introduction to Chemical Process Modeling
  • Computer Engineering (ECE)
    • ECE 352: Digital System Fundamentals
    • ECE 354: Machine Organization and Programming
  • Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics (EMA) or Mechanical Engineering (ME)
    • EMA 303: Mechanics of Materials
    • ME 306: Mechanics of Materials 
    • EMA 307: Mechanics of Materials Lab
    • EMA 500+:  various courses (EMA 506, 518, 519, 521, etc.)
  • Electrical Engineering
    • ECE 170: Introductory Laboratory
    • ECE 230: Circuit Analysis
    • ECE 270: Circuits Laboratory
  • Thermodynamics, Fluids, and Heat Transfer  (ME, CBE)
    • ME 361: Thermodynamics
    • ME 363: Fluid Dynamics
    • ME 364: Heat Transfer
    • CBE 310: Chemical Process Thermodynamics
    • CBE 320: Intro Transport Phenomena
    • CBE 430: Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • Aerodynamics and Astrodynamics (EMA)
    • EMA 521: Aerodynamics
    • EMA 522: Applied Aerodynamics
    • EMA 523: Flight Dynamics and Control
    • EMA 550: Astrodynamics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
    • MSE 350: Introduction to Materials Science
  • Plasma Physics and Engineering (ECE/NEEP/PHYS cross-listed)
    • ECE 525: Intro to Plasmas
    • ECE 526: Laboratory Course in Plasmas
    • ECE 527: Plasma Heating and Confinement
  • Industrial Engineering
    • IE 313: Engineering Economic Analysis
    • IE 323: Deterministic Modeling

A possible interdisciplinary course for those wanting an introduction to Engineering Design is INTER EGR 160: Introduction to Engineering Design although this is an introductory level course that would not count for the engineering part of the AMEP curriculum.

 

Laboratory and Computational Courses

The AMEP graduation requirements include three credits each of lab and computing electives. While computing courses are typically three credits, lab courses usually range from one to three credits. In some cases, a lecture course will have an associated one-credit lab. To fulfill the lab requirement, a student can combine any number lab classes totaling at least three credits, subject to approval by a physics or engineering advisor.

Courses with Lab Credits

  • Physics 307: Mechanics and Modern Physics Lab (2 cr.)
  • Physics 308: E&M and Optics Lab (2 cr.)
  • Physics 407: Advanced Lab (2 cr.)
  • Physics 321: Circuits (1 cr.)
  • Physics 625: Applied Optics (1 cr.)
  • ECE 270: Circuits Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • EMA 307: Mechanics of Materials Lab (1 cr.)

Popular Computing Electives

  • CS 367: Intro to Data Structures
  • CS 412: Numerical Methods
  • Math/CS 513: Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Math/CS 514: Numerical Analysis

 

Links to Course Lists and Descriptions

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Van Vleck Hall
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Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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