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Teaching Assistants

Mathematics and statistics teaching assistants are available Sundays through Thursdays from 7–9 p.m. during the semester. Mathematics teaching assistants are located in the Burton Forum (3rd floor). Statistics teaching assistants are located in Burton 301. After hours, the entrance to Burton is available from the main door (facing Neilson Library) or through the ramp from Sabin-Reed.

Tutoring, drop–in hours, one–on–one appointments and other resources are available for many mathematics and statistics classes at the Spinelli Center for Quantitative Learning in Neilson Library.

Online Mathematical and Statistical Resources

Helpful research resources available online, including virtual libraries, encyclopedias and research journal archives.

Mathematics and Statistics Information

Famous Curves Index

Wolfram Alpha a knowledge-based computing tool created by Wolfram

MathWorld a math encyclopedia sponsored by Wolfram

Mathematics on Wikipedia a general encyclopedia that anyone can write and edit

History of Mathematics at Saint–Andrews University (Scotland)

Virtual Library for Mathematics from Florida State University

American Statistical Association

Virtual Library for Statistics from the University of Florida

Accessing Books & Papers Online

Smith College JSTOR access to back issues of journals

Smith College Library mathematics resources

MathSci abstracts and review of math papers

Web of Science provides access to the Science Citation Index

Google Scholar

Math arXiv

SIAM journals

AMS Notices

AMS Bulletin

Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society

Electronic Journal of Combinatorics

Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra

Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications

Math–Related Sites

Mathematics on the Web from AMS

Mathematical Moments from AMS

Math in the Media from AMS, containing short, entertaining articles on mathematics and their applications

Math Archives

Math Forum at Drexel University

Statistics–Related Sites

The Statistics Forum, on online space for "discussions about probability and statistics and their role in important and interesting topics".

STATtr@k, a website "geared toward individuals who are in a statistics program, recently graduated from a statistics program, or recently entered the job world".

Mathematical and Statistical Institutions

These institutions act as a gateway for more mathematical resources on the Web.

Five College Math departments: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

American Statistical Association (ASA)

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

European Mathematical Information Service supported by European Mathematical Society (EMS)

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

The Mathematical Education of Teachers a report of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Newsletter of the Northeastern Section of the MAA

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Mathematical and Statistical Software

Consult the AMS or the GAMS (Guide to Available Mathematical Software) for more resources.

Calculus Software

GRAPH, SLINKY and other plotting utilities for calculus, by Jim Henle

Jim Henle's Graphing Utility

QuickBasic Programs for Calculus in Context

The QBasic program

Information about QBasic

Statistics Software

Data analysis and statistical package tutorial
Data analysis tutorials using R, Stata, and SAS in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Computing Cluster

Mathematics and Statistics Xgrid cluster

Xgrid status

General Mathematics Software

Mathematica and Matlab are available on all computers of the Science center and many other computers on campus. Mathematica is a symbolic manipulator (which can do computations with letters and symbols) and Matlab is an interface for numerical methods. However, there is a cross over: Mathematica has a large numerical capacities, and Matlab has a symbolic manipulation toolbox (presently not available on classroom computers) powered by Maple. Both software come with tutorials. We list some other resources available on the web. The Math department also has some copies of Maple on some of the computers, and of GNU Octave, a UNIX software similar to Matlab.

Simple Mathematica Tutorial (from Purdue)

A brief tutorial for using Geomview with Mathematica to create and manipulate "live" 3–D graphics.

Matlab summary and tutorial from the University of Florida

Matlab Book by its creator, Moler

GNU Octave is a high–level interactive language, similar to MatLab, for numerical computations. It is available on neal, evelyn, and emmy and has an online manual.

Number Theory Software

MAGMA is a large, well-supported software package designed to solve computationally hard problems in algebra, number theory, geometry and combinatorics. It provides a mathematically rigorous environment for computing with algebraic, number-theoretic, combinatoric, and geometric objects.

PARI–GP is a package that does high–speed computations in number theory. We have version 2.1.4 installed on our Linux machines. To use GP on a machine other than evelyn, copy the file evelyn:/etc/gprc into your home directory as .gprc (note the "dot" at the start of the name of the copied file; the original does not have the "dot.")

Typesetting Software: Tex and Latex

Latex is the standard mathematics typesetting program.

A Latex Tutorial

TeXShop is a freeware package for Mac (OSX) users—a user–friendly interface to type Tex and LaTeX. The site also contains links to tutorials and other resources.

Beamer templates (David Scott's home page)

Java Applets

Linear Transformation by Pau Atela

Platonic Solids


Basic Unix Tutorial

Filarial Genome Network

Mathematics and Statistics Careers

One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the variety of career paths it provides. Here are some resources that provide more information and examples.

Careers in Mathematics (AMS)

Careers in Mathematics (MAA)

Careers in Mathematics (AWM)

Careers in Mathematics (Smith CDO)

Careers in Statistics (ASA)

Jobs in Statistics (UFL)

Mathematicians land top spot in new rankings of best occupations in the US (Wall Street Journal)

Smith alumnae with mathematical careers

Considering graduate school?

STATtr@k, a website "geared toward individuals who are in a statistics program, recently graduated from a statistics program, or recently entered the job world".