Department of Mathematical Sciences

History of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University

Description of the Mathematics Faculty and Curriculum
(1918-1950)

Clemson College 1918-1919

There was an entrance exam in commercial arithmetic, algebra (through quadratic equations), and plane geometry. The cost was $196 + uniforms ($69). Grading system: E: 90-100, S: 70-89, P: 60-69, D: deficient (a re-exam was permitted), and F.

Mathematics Staff: Martin (Professor), A. Shanklin (Associate Professor), Hunter and B.H. Johnstone (Assistant Professors), and Instructors Wells and Mackie. In 1919-1920 Barrett was added as an Assistant Professor, Mackie left, and new Instructors Newton and Tobey were hired.

The courses were:

  • 620 Geometry
  • 621 Algebra
  • 622 Trigonometry
  • 623 Analytic Geometry
  • 624 Higher Algebra
  • 625 Differential Calculus
  • 626 Integral Calculus
  • 629 Farm Arithmetic
  • 629a Bookkeeping

Clemson College 1931-1932

The Mathematics Staff was Martin, Shanklin, Hunter, Sheldon, Burton, Edwards, Metz (on leave).

The courses were:

  • Math 11: Trigonometry
  • Math 12: College Algebra and Analytic Geometry
  • Math 15: Mathematics for Agriculture
  • Math 17/18: Mathematics for the Sciences (pre-med); Sheldon
  • Math 21 (5 credits): Differential Calculus; Martin, Burton, Shanklin, and Hunter
  • Math 22 (5 credits): Integral Calculus; Shanklin, Hunter, and Burton
  • Math 23 (3 credits): Hunter, Burton
  • Math 32: Elementary Differential Equations; Sheldon

In 1933-1934, G.H. Edwards (BA, USC 1913, additional work at the University of Chicago and Columbia) was added to the staff and courses Math 25/26 Industrial Math (taught by Sheldon) and Math 31 Advanced Calculus (also taught by Sheldon) were added.

Clemson College 1937-1938

Staff:

  • S.M. Martin, Head: BS Citadel 1896; summer graduate work at Cornell, Harvard, & Chicago
  • Dawson Sheldon: BS 1925, MS 1927, Washington State; PhD Univ. of California, Berkeley 1931
  • William W. Burton: PhD, Brown Univ. 1906; MA Mercer 1918
  • Joseph Hunter: BS Clemson 1896; further graduate work at the University of Chicago and UNC
  • George Edwards: BA & MA 1913 from USC; further work at the Univ. of Chicago and Columbia
  • John LaGrone: BS Clemson 1932; MA Vanderbilt 1934; additional work at Univ. of KY
  • Ned Coker: BS USC 1928; MA UNC 1936; additional work at Brown & the Univ. of Chicago
  • Marshal Bell: AB 1933 & MA from UNC, 1936
  • Charles Kirkwood: AB Lynchburg College 1935; MS UGa 1937; additional work at Duke, UNC
  • Louis Kelly: BS Clemson College 1937

Courses:

  • Math 11: Plane Trigonometry, 5 credits
  • Math 12: College Algebra & Analytic Geometry, 5 credits
  • Math 17/18: First Year College Math, 3 credits each
  • Math 21: Differential Calculus, 5 credits
  • Math 22: Integral Calculus, 5 credits
  • Math 23: Differential Calculus, 3 credits
  • Math 24: Integral Calculus, 3 credits
  • Math 25/26: Industrial Mathematics, 3 credits each (practical algebra, geometry, trigonometry)
  • Math 31: Advanced Calculus, 2 credits (Sheldon; multiple integrals, partial derivatives, series, ind. forms)
  • Math 32: Differential Equations, 2 credits (first order, linear with constant coefficients; text: Kells)

There was a General Science degree that included 6 English courses, two courses in history, chemistry, language courses, Math 17/18/21/22, two physics courses, two courses in psychology, two courses in economics, sociology, and courses in military sciences. Engineering, architecture, and chemistry curricula took math 11/12/21 and 22 and electives.

Clemson College 1942-1944

Staff:

  • S.M. Martin, Head: BS Citadel 1896; summer graduate work at Cornell, Harvard, & Chicago
  • Joseph Hunter: BS Clemson 1896; additional graduate work at the University of Chicago & UNC
  • Dawson Sheldon: BS & MS 1927 Washington State; PhD Univ. of California, Berkeley 1931
  • George Edwards: BA & MA 1913 from USC; further work at the Univ. of Chicago and Columbia
  • John LaGrone: BS from Clemson 1932; MA from Vanderbilt; further work at Univ. of KY
  • Ned Coker: BS from USC 1928; MA 1936 UNC; further work at Brown and the Univ. of Chicago
  • Marshal Bell: AB 1933 & MA 1936 from UNC
  • Charles Kirkwood*: AB Lynchburg College 1935; MS UGa 1937; additional work Duke, UNC
  • Louis G. Kelly: BS Clemson 1937; additional work at UNC
  • Gilbert Miller*: A.B. Birmington Southern 1931; M.A. Univ of Fl 1933; additional graduate work
  • Pim Brewster: AB 1935 & MA 1939 Duke University
  • P.O. Stapp: BS Milsap College; MA Peabody; graduate work at UT
  • Jonas Brown: BS UNC 1931; additional work at UNC and Duke
  • W.H. Milner: AB University of Alabama; AM George Peabody
  • Edward Stanley: BS E. Tn State 1930; MS Univ. of Tn 1935; work at Peabody, U. Mo.& Mich. S.

* on leave in the U.S. Military

Courses:

  • Math 11: Trigonometry
  • Math 12: Analytic Geometry
  • Math 13: College Algebra (5credits)
  • Math 14: College Algebra (2 credits)
  • Math 21/22: Calculus (5 credits)
  • Math 23/24: Calculus (3 credits)
  • Math 25/26: Industrial Math (for Education majors only: 3 credits)
  • Math 27/28: (5 credits)
  • Math 32: Ordinary Differential Equations (2 credits)
  • Math 36: Mathematical Basis of Statistics (3 credits)

Civil Engineering, Physics, & Mechanical Engineering students took trig, analytical geometry, 2 semesters of calculus, and electives. In addition, the EE department specified DE as an elective. Chemical Engineering students took analytical geometry and algebra as did Architecture students.

Clemson College 1946-1947 and 1947-1948

Staff:

  • Samual Manor Martin* Head (1946-1947): BS Citadel 1896; grad. work Cornell, Harvard, & Chicago
  • Dawson Sheldon, Head(1947-1948): BS, MS Washington State 1927; PhD U. of Cal. at Berkeley 1931
  • Joseph Hunter: BS Clemson 1896; additional graduate work at the University of Chicago & UNC
  • Ned Coker*: BS from USC; MA from UNC 1936; grad. work at Brown & the Univ. of Chicago
  • Marshall Bell*: AB 1931 & MA 1936 UNC
  • George Edwards*: BA & MA USC; additional work at the Univ. of Chicago and Columbia
  • John LaGrone*: BS Clemson College; MA Vanderbilt 1934; additional work at Univ. of KY
  • Percy Armstrong: AB 1919, MA 1920 from Southwestern
  • Pim Brewster*: AB 1935, MA 1939 Duke University
  • Charles Kirkwood*: AB Lynchburg 1935; MS UGa 1937; additional work at UNC, Duke
  • Gilbert Miller*: AB Birmingham Southern 1931; MA Univ. of Florida 1933
  • W.H. Milner: AB Univ. of Alabama; AM George Peabody
  • Edward Stanley: BSE Tn State 1930; MS Univ. of Tn 1935; work at Peabody, U. Mo.& Mich. S.
  • Charles Stuart*: AB Wofford 1920; MA Duke University 1935; additional work at USC
  • Jonas Brown*: BS NC State 1931; further work at UNC and Duke
  • Louis Grant Kelly*: BS Clemson 1937; further work at UNC
  • John Sullivan*: AB Georgetown 1939; further work at Georgetown
  • H.W.Burnette**: BS from NC State; further work at UNC and Duke
  • Al Hind**: AB 1934, MA 1936 from Emory; further work at Columbia
  • R.Z. Vause**: BS USC 1943; MA Duke 1947; grad. work at G. Wash. and UNC

*denotes both catalogs; **denotes 1946-1947 catalog only

Courses (both catalogs):

  • Math 10: Remedial Mathematics
  • Math 101: Algebra
  • Math 102: Trigonometry
  • Math 103: Freshman Mathematics (5 credits); algebra and trigonometry
  • Math 104: Freshman Mathematics (5 credits); algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, analytic geom.
  • Math 201: Differential Calculus (3 credits); Mr. Stuart
  • Math 202: Integral Calculus (3 credits); Mr. Stanley and Mr. Bell
  • Math 203: Differential Calculus (5 credits)
  • Math 204 :Integral Calculus (5 credits)
  • Math 301: Advanced Algebra; permutations, variations, surd extensions of rational numbers; Mr. Stanley
  • Math 302: Advanced Algebra II; series, partial fractions, theory of equations; Mr. Stanley
  • Math 303: Mathematical Basis of Statistics; Mr. Edwards
  • Math 304: Spherical Trigonometry/Solid Analytic Geometry; Mr. Kirkwood
  • Math 305: Intermediate Calculus (3 credits); parametric, polar, series, hyperb.; Mr. LeGrone, Mr. Brewster
  • Math 306: Ordinary Differential Equations; Mr. Sheldon, Mr. Coker, Mr. Stanley
  • Math 401: College Geometry; Mr. Kelly
  • Math 402: Theory of Equations; Mr. Brown
  • Math 451: Vector Analysis; Mr. Coker
  • Math 453: Advanced Calculus I; Mr. Coker, Mr. Miller
  • Math 454: Advanced Calculus II; Mr. Coker, Mr. Miller

In 1949-1950, Math 304 was changed from "Spherical Trig./Solid Analytic Geometry" to "Math. Basis of Statistics II," taught by Johnson and Math 455/456 "Advanced Math for Engineers" was added and taught by Park.

Clemson College 1949-1950

Staff:

  • Dawson Sheldon, Head: BS 1925; MS 1927 Washington State; PhD U. Cal. at Berkeley 1931
  • Marshall Bell: AB 1931 & MA 1936 UNC
  • Pim Brewster (on leave): AB 1935 & MA 1939 Duke University (got PhD from Duke in 1952)
  • Nash R. Bryan: BA Penn State 1913; AM Univ. of Penn 1918; PhD Columbia 1921
  • Ned Coker: BS from USC, MA from UNC 1936; grad. work at Brown & the Univ. of Chicago
  • George Edwards: BA & MA USC; additional work at the Univ. of Chicago and Columbia
  • Louis Grant Kelly (on leave): BS Clemson 1937; further work at UNC
  • Charles Harden: BS Miss. College 1947; MA Univ. of TN 1949
  • John LaGrone: BS Clemson College; MA Vanderbilt 1934; additional work at Univ. of KY
  • Gilbert Miller (on leave): AB Birmingh. Southern 1931; MA Univ.of Florida 1933 (PhD in 1951)
  • Percy Armstrong: AB 1919, MA 1920 from Southwestern
  • Jonas Brown: BS 1931 NC State; MA Duke 1948
  • Eugene Park: AB from UGa 1939; MA Lehigh 1941; graduate work at the Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Edward Stanley: BSE Tn State 1930; MS Univ. of Tn 1935; work at Peabody, U. Mo.& Mich. S.
  • Charles Stuart: AB Wofford 1920; MA Duke University 1935; additional work at USC
  • Charles Kirkwood: AB Lynchburg 1935; MS UGa 1937; additional work at UNC, Duke
  • Al Hind (on leave): AB 1934 & MA 1936 from Emory; further work at Columbia
  • R.B. Johnson: AB Adolphus College 1945; MA 1947 Columbia; MA Univ. of TN 1949
  • Robert Nowack: BS Carnegie Institute of Tech.1948; graduate work at Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • Larry Potter: BS 1943 and MA 1949 University of Florida
  • John Sullivan: AB 1939, MA 1949 Georgetown; graduate work at UNC
  • R.Z. Vause (on leave): BS USC 1943; MA Duke 1947; grad. work at George Wash. & UNC
  • B.T. Wade: AB Franklin College 1948; MS Kent State 1949
  • M.B. Wilson: BSE 1948; MS 1949 University of Arkansas

The courses remained the same except Math 302 became Theory Of Equations and Math 304 became Statistics.


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