Winter Term 2000

The World According to Mathematics

$24.00.

Office Hours:

MW: 2:00–3:00 (and by appointment)

Office Hours:

MW: 3:00–4:00 (and by appointment)

making comments, or setting up meetings.

week readings and exercises will be assigned that are intended to give you facility

with the concepts being developed in class. A good plan is to read the material

indicated for a given day before going to class and then to do the exercises listed for

that day after having attended the class.

that occur on Fridays. Some students may even want to volunteer—either

individually or as part of a group—to lead a discussion on a given day. The student

or students leading the discussion should be prepared to start off with a ten-minute

presentation. The presentation should have been developed in consultation with

either Dwight Lahr or Josh Laison and might include approximately three to five

questions that will be used to focus the discussion of the class following the

presentation. The Friday discussions will provide a good opportunity to review

homework exercises assigned in that week.

these examinations will involve a take-home mathematical problem-solving part and

a research-paper part. The mid-term writing assignment will be to write a five-page

double-spaced paper on an assigned topic based upon themes developed in class.

Approximately one week will be allowed to complete this part of the exam. The final

writing assignment will consist of a seven-page paper (double-spaced), for which

two and a half to three weeks notice will be given. Topics for the final paper will also

be from a list of possible topics. In the case of both the mid-term and the final, paper

topics that depart from those on the official list must be agreed upon in advance on

an individual basis in conversation with either Dwight or Josh. All papers must

involve mathematical ideas and should be used to demonstrate your understanding