# Math Department

### Actuarial Science and Mathematics

Learn more about the actuarial science and math programs, and meet some of our grads and current students and see what they're accomplishing.

### So what could you do with a degree in mathematics?

Students who earn degrees in mathematics have a wide variety of career paths available to them, including jobs as financial analysts/planners, actuaries, market research analysts, operations analysts, data analysts and positions in fields related to quantitative finance, business intelligence, and teaching.

Mathematics doesn't have fancy labs or awesome new products, but what it does have is the power to provide better solutions and improve just about any product. Mathematical careers consistantly rank high on national job rankings (at least one in the top two jobs each year since 2014), making a degree in mathematics a powerful asset when entering the job market.

Have an interest in computing as well? Be sure to check out our Computer Science Department.

### Putnam Competition

The competition consists of two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and this year due to COVID is being postponed until the spring. More information is available at https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/putnam-competition. If you have any additional questions or are interested in participating, contact Dr. Melissa Gardenghi.

Resources for students to prepare for the Putnam:

*The Putnam and Beyond*ebook- Archive of past Putnam problems/solutions (past problems sorted by topic, see Links for Undergraduate Students)
- List of topics/explanations in competitive mathematics

### Awesome things are never easy, but they don't always have to be as hard as we make them.

general tips on how you can study math more effectively: from BJU Math Faculty

#### Resources from Seminars on Studying Math

Homeschool parents have the usual challenges of helping their children learn math but without the help of a professional teacher of math to guide them. A talk was presented at a Teach Them Diligently conference to help homeschool parents help their students learn math better. Several resources are provided here, and while the talk was originally presented at a homeschool conference, the content is applicable to anyone trying to learn or teach math.

Slides from Learning the Language of the Universe: How to Study Math

Additional Resources: Detailed tips for teaching and learning math, Sample Study Notes

Unless you work in higher education, it is likely that you view college entrance exams (the ACT and SAT) as a somewhat mysterious hurdle to be crossed sometime before going to college. A talk was presented at a Teach Them Diligently conference to help homeschool parents better understand college entrance exams and use them as an effective educational tool.

Slides from College Entrance Exams: Math 101

Additional Resources: Mapping 7th-12th grade math to the ACT, Mapping 7th-12th grade math to the SAT

#### Using Technology to Help Learning

Technology in general and calculators in particular (for math anyway) can be useful tools, but can't solve problems for us that we don't really understand. All they can do is make our computational efforts more efficient. At BJU, we use calculators and other software packages intentially to help develop understanding. See BJU Math Department on Technology, for how we use calculators in our classrooms.