Math 17-General Information




This course is designed for mathematically talented students who wish to explore an interest in higher mathematics before completing the calculus sequence. This fall, we will cover a number of topics in combinatorics, graph theory and algebra with applications to knot theory, techniques of DNA analysis, geometry, and chemistry. The topics will be chosen at the discretion of the professor based mostly on their beauty.


"Mathematics is not for spectators; in order to gain in understanding, confidence, and enthusiasm one has to participate."

M.A. Armstrong



No Text Required.

Please come to class and take notes.

You should also visit the library.


Scheduled Meetings:

   MWF: 10:00 - 11:05, Bradley 103

   (xhour) Th 12 - 12:50.

Note: We will use the x-hour to make-up classes and as a problem solving hour if we think it is necessary.



Professor:  Rosa Orellana

Office: 305 Bradley Hall

Office Hours

       Tues.  10:00-12:00

       Thurs.  10:00-11:00

       By Appointment

Phone: 646 - 2430

BlitzMail: Rosa.C.Orellana at Dartmouth dot EDU (preferred)



TA: Geoff Goehle

Tutorials: Tuesdays, Thrusdays and Sundays in Bradley 104 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.



There will be a midterm.



The project consists of you choosing a topic and researching it throughout the term.  Please submit a summary by the end of the fifth week for approval.  A complete set of guidelines will be distributed in class.



The course grade will be based upon the scores on the homework, the midterm exam, class participation (this means attending class, as well as asking and responding to questions), and the project.


Midterm:  20%

Homework: 40%

Project:  30%

Participation: 10%


The Honor Principle:


On Exams: You should work the problems on your own.


On Homework: Collaboration is permitted and encouraged, but NO COPYING . In other words, you should feel free to talk to other students while you are in the process of thinking about a problem. However, when it comes time to write up your solutions, you should do this by yourself without outside assistance.




Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course that may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an office appointment to see me before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Disability Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested. Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center  in Collis Center to register for support services.


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