Question #961
posted on 10/15/2003 4:02 a.m.

Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm in Math 113 right now. If the math department applied logic to their course numbering system, one would think Math 113 (a GPA-killer) would fall sequentially after Math 119 (hard, but not as hard as 113). How are course numbers decided? Is there any system to the madness? I hope the answer isn't some horrible indefinite integral.

- EEE-Rock

A:
Dear EEE-Rock,

Yes normally the numbering system makes sense and goes (somewhat) in order of easier classes to tougher classes. But once upon a time, the math department decided to revamp their math courses and throw in a Calculus course that was below the 113 level (like a pre-calc/calc course) but they didn't want to move the preexisting numbers so they created Math 119. This was another plot to terribly confuse the student body.

- Scout

Yes normally the numbering system makes sense and goes (somewhat) in order of easier classes to tougher classes. But once upon a time, the math department decided to revamp their math courses and throw in a Calculus course that was below the 113 level (like a pre-calc/calc course) but they didn't want to move the preexisting numbers so they created Math 119. This was another plot to terribly confuse the student body.

- Scout