Fall 2015

Office: 219B Blocker (BLOC on the map)

Office Hours: Make an appointment at /undergraduate/advising/

Email: geller@math.tamu.edu

Phone: 979-845-7531

Fax: 979-862-4190

Welcome to the home page for ** Math 645 A Survey of Mathematical
Problems I ** for the Fall of 2015.

This course will consist of reading assignments, problem assignments, and a term paper. You may find yourself challenged in new ways by the assignments because some of the problems are difficult. If using other sources, please give references. In particular, you may not simply copy solutions found on the web or from others even with minor editing. No credit will be given for copied solutions even with citation.

There will be three main sources for this course, only one of which you need to buy. The collection of readings needs to be bought from Copy Corner, 2307 Texas Avenue South, College Station, TX 77840; phone 979-693-0640 and email classnotes@copy-corner.com . For those who are distance students, they will send you a copy by snail mail or an electronic copy or an electonically downloadable copy. Vicki Ward, vicki@copycorner.com, is the person overseeing the "book" for this course.

The rest of the materials will be available in .pdf form from this website. Student's Guide - pdf format. The third source is essays which I wrote to expand upon the text, since the text was written for a local class. Thus I wish to give information that would typically be given in class. To access the lectures, click here.

- The assignments will be posted on Homework . Notice that the list of readings are for a given week (week of x where x is a Monday) with the homework on those chapters due the Wednesday of the following week (x+9) except for the one due the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
- Homework is due by 1 pm CT on the listed due date (mostly Wednesdays).
- You must send your homework to me via email in a .pdf format. Please make the subject line Math 645 homework i, where i is the number of the homework set (1-13), and send the answers in the body or as a .pdf file but no other format as I cannot process .doc or .docx. I don't care whether the .pdf file came from a word processed document or scanned from a handwriten one. One challenge is that our system won't handle large attachements. Please keep your attachement to 1 meg. If you are scanning the homework, you may need to scan it in more than one file and send each file in a separate email.
- I can no longer accept faxed homework as the transmition quality is too poor to read what you sent accurately enough to grade.
- When working on the homework, you may email me, talk with classmates, or look things up on the web or in a book, but you may not copy answers - that is plagiarism. You may work together on piazza.com to which you should enroll when you are sent the invitation to join. I'll add your email address when you send me the information you are to send immediately.

- Each paper should be typed, double spaced, and fully referenced, but any reasonable style of referencing is acceptable.
- Length: Be sure to use 12 point size type and double space.
- A superficial discussion is not sufficient. The term paper should be a thoughtful discussion of your paradox including the appropriate mathematics and history. I want to know by reading the paper that you learned some things and thought seriously about the paradox. The paper, not including references, should be at least 12 pages long but no more than 20.

Due Dates:

Your final grade will be determined by your performance on the homework and term paper. The final grade will be determined counting the term paper as half the homework, i.e., the homework average times two for 200 points homework, 100 points term paper. The grading scheme is:

I realize that almost all of you are working and/or have families, so you have different constraints than students on campus. It is very helpful to me as well as useful for you to do each assignment on time. For example, I know from experience, as do many of you, that it is much harder to grade fairly when papers are graded at various times. Therefore, reasonable excuses will be accepted as long as the priviledge is not abused. When arranging for late work, be prepared to tell me when you will get the work to me.

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