Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Information for High School Students and Teachers

 Math Review Manual download it and use it to prepare for your first year math classes

 Link to our high school Presentations and problem- solving sessions

 Link to the web page for science calculus course Math 1A3





Dear Student, Teacher:

Thank you very much for your interest in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at McMaster.

HIGH SCHOOL MATH ... For admission into the Mathematics & Statistics program, you will need 4U English, 4U Functions and Introductory Calculus and one of 4U Geometry & Discrete Mathematics or 4U Mathematics and Data Management. We strongly recommend that you take 4U Geometry & Discrete Mathematics.

PREPARE ... Use our Mathematics Review Manual - download it and review the material in the summer before you come to University

FIRST YEAR OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS PROGRAM ... In your first year of a Math & Stats program you will be required to take Calculus I (Math 1A03 - have a look at the web page, there is lots of information there), Calculus II (Math 1AA3), Linear Algebra 1 (Math 1B03) and Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (Math 1C03). These are all half-courses, lasting one semester each. So for example, you might take Math 1A03 and Math 1B03 in the fall semester and Math 1AA3 and Math 1C03 in the winter semester. In 2006/7 we will offer, for the first time, specialized courses in calculus and linear algebra for Math and Stats program students.

FIRST YEAR, IF YOU ARE IN SCIENCE PROGRAM ... In your first year, you will be required to take Calculus I (Math 1A03 - have a look at the web page, there is lots of information there). Depending on your program, you might need to take Calculus II (Math 1AA3) and Linear Algebra 1 (Math 1B03).

If you take a standard load of five half-courses each semester, this will give you lots of room to pursue other interests you may have. You will find descriptions of the math courses on our website at (click on Undergraduate Studies link) and you can browse the entire university course course calendar at

VISIT ... It's always nice to talk to people face-to-face, so, if you can, visit our campus. For more information have a look at


ACTIVITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ... If you are a local high school student, we highly recommend you attend one or more of our special Math@Mac events. A series of presentations and interactive problems and puzzles sessions aimed at high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 takes place on Wednesday afternoons. For more information visit the page At the end of each block of five sessions students who attended two or more sessions will be given a certificate of attendance.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics home page:

Coming to McMaster campus? Map of Western Hamilton and a campus map (Hamilton Hall is number 2)

For More Information about our Programs contact Caroline Burgess (, Outreach Coordinator, Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Physics & Astronomy (tel 905 525-9140 ext 26098). You can also contact Dr. Miroslav Lovric (, member of the Promotion and Outreach Committee.






































created and maintained by Miroslav Lovric and Caroline Burgess

site launched 15 March 2005

last updated 25 July 2005






























1. March Break Saturday - Saturday, March 19, 2005. This event takes place in the McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Math & Stats will have faculty and students available to answer any questions you might have about the program. You can also take a campus tour.

There is an opportunity in the spring to visit and meet faculty and students in the program:

May@Mac - Saturday, May 7, 2005. McMaster's Open House is a wonderful opportunity to check out the Deparment of Mathematics & Statistics and the campus at large. You can meet and talk to professors and students, attend a lecture, or take part in interactive activities.