MATH 646 A Survey of Mathematical Problems II
Spring 2014

Professor: Dr. Sue Geller
Office: 128 Milner (MILN on the map) until I move to 219 B in Blocker (date unknown)
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesday, 9:45-11:15, or by appointment.
Phone: 979-845-7531
Fax: 979-845-6028

Welcome to the home page for Math 646 A Survey of Mathematical Problems II for the Spring of 2014. These pages will continue to be under construction, so please check them regularly for any changes, especially in due dates and assignments.

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.

Information Needed from you immediately


There are two 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 . An electronic copy is available through their website, or you may call Vicky Ward for a hard copy.

The rest of the materials will be available in .pdf form from this website. Student's Guide - pdf format. This gives the whole book. We will be doing chapters 9-12 and a list of special functions may be found in chapter 13.


Term Paper

Due Dates:

  • The topic must be chosen by you and approved by me by 3:00 PM CST on 22 January.
  • The term paper is due by 2:00 pm CDT on 30 April.


    Your final grade will be determined by your performance on the homework and term paper. Since some of the work is doing problems and writing essays, I think this course does not lend itself to numerical grades only. So some grades may be numerical and others may be letter grades. The final grade will be determined counting the term paper as half the homework (200 points homework, 100 points term paper, if we were working in points). The grading scheme is:

  • A: Did all or almost all of the work and did it well.
  • B: Did a large proportion of the work well or did almost all of the work but did some of it wrong or incompletely.
  • C: Did almost all the work but did it poorly or didn't do a lot of the required work.
  • F: Did very little or nothing.

    Late Work

    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, late work will not be accepted without prior arrangements, but reasonable excuses will be accepted as long as the privilege 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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  • 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 correspondence.

  • 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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