MATH 645 A Survey of Mathematical Problems I
Professor: Dr. Sue Geller
Office: 219B Blocker (BLOC on the map)
Office Hours: Make an appointment at /undergraduate/advising/
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.
This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. I will put up your email to start the enrollment process once you email me the required information. The piazza system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates and myself. Rather than emailing questions to me, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find our class page at: https://piazza.com/tamu/fall2015/645allsections/home
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
email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 -
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
- 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.
There are at least 24 students in the class this fall. Since there are 13 paradoxes listed, not including Banach-Tarski, at most two students may write on each paradox, so pick one and have it
approved by me. First come, first served.
Acceptible paradoxes with some description
of them may be found in
chapter 13 of the course book (not the readings). A list of them along with
who has taken them can be found here.
Feel free to suggest others, but they must be approved.
- 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.
The topic must be chosen by you and approved by me
by 3:00 PM CDT on 9 September.
The term paper is due by 1 pm CST on 10 December.
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.
A: At least 270 points.
B: 240-269 points.
C: 210-239 points.
D: 180-209 points.
F: 0-179 points.
I reserve the right to make the cutoffs lower, but promise they will not be higher.
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.
for late work, be prepared to tell me when you will get the work to me.
If you want to discuss a problem by voice (i.e., phone), please give me
some times when you will be available, and I try to call you then.
Otherwise you may call me at work at any time.
All email correspondence must contain the course number in the subject
heading so that I can easily distinguish it from spam and other types of
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Simply changing some words from a passage is still plagiarism unless you
reference the source. There is an old quip "Stealing from one source is
plagiarism, from many research." As with most quips, it is both true and
false. To be true research there needs to be something from yourself in
the essay/answer. The truth in the quip is that research is built
on the results of many before us, but they need to be given the credit for
their work for it to be morally, ethically, and legally correct.
Also, simply copying an answer from someone is both cheating
and plagiarism. Don't cheat nor plagiarize.
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