Course Title: MATH 646 – A Survey of Mathematical Problems II
Term: Spring 2019
Meeting times and location: This is an online class. All references to times in this course are in the Central Time Zone.
Course Description and Prerequisites: A survey of problems in various branches of mathematics such as algebra, geometry, differential equations, real analysis, complex analysis, calculus of variations. Prerequisite: MATH 645 or approval of instructor.

Instructor Information:

Textbook: (Required) What is Mathematics? An Elementary Approach to Ideas and Methods by Richard CourantHerbert RobbinsIan Stewart (2nd Edition) , ISBN-13: 978-0195105193, ISBN-10: 0195105192.
Other reading materials I will post in eCampus throughout the semester.

Course Format and Time Frame: This course is a 15-week asynchronous online course. Throughout the course, eCampus will be used as the primary venue for lectures, discussions, assignments, etc. You will need to participate in discussions and submit all assignments and projects via eCampus. Thus, it is necessary for you to be familiar with eCampus (the learning management system supported by TAMU). Please visit for helpful student tutorials. In addition to accessings eCampus through you can find a link to eCampus in the Howdy.
There are no synchronous lectures for this course (The students in this program are in different time zones and most have full-time jobs. So trying to find a time where we can all meet on a regular basis nearly impossible.)
The first day of the online course is Monday January 14 and the last day is April 30. For the purposes of this class, the “online week” will reset at 10am (CST) on Wednesdays. This means that one week of assignments will end on Wednesday at 10am (CST) and, in turn, a new week of assignments will begin. Your final grades will be posted in Howdy at the end of the course, but your individual grades on assignments will be viewable in eCampus on a regular basis. Students are expected to follow the course outline and engage and participate in the activities outlined in each weekly lesson. Students are required to keep pace with class, follow the course outline, and complete necessary reading and assignments by the posted due dates. Due dates are expressed in day and hour CST (Central Standard Time). Students are responsible for adjusting due dates to their time zone.

Communication Strategy: There are several ways you can communicate with your fellow classmates and myself.
Netiquette: Be sure to participate in a responsible and respectful way that is consistent with good academic practice. To learn about polite online behavior, or “netiquette”, check the following link: Violation of netiquette will result in your withdrawal form the class.

Guidelines for Online Class Participation: Regular interaction online is strongly encouraged. Learning what other classmates know about mathematics and how they think about mathematics is a very valuable aspect in the learning process.
Course Description: This course is intended to provide students with problem-solving skills, as well as an historical understanding of the role that formulating mathematical problems has had in the development of Mathematics.

Grading Policy: Grades
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:
Turning in Weekly Assignments: When turning in your assignments please follow the guidelines below:
          1. On each assignment you turn in, the submitted document must have your name, the due date of the assignment, and the assignment number.
          2. Save the file as LastName_Assignment#_Math646_sp19.
          3. You may choose one of two ways to turn-in your assignments:
              1. Type your solutions to the assignment in an electronic format of your choosing (Latex, Word, etc.), convert to a PDF, and then submit the PDF via eCampus.
              2. Write your assignment on paper and then scan the paper(s) as a merged PDF document. Then submit the merged PDF document via eCampus.
        After submitting each assignment, be sure you check the submitted document to make sure the format in which you are turning in your assignment is readable (i.e. resolution is good, scan quality is clear, etc.). If it is not easily readable, your assignment will not be accepted. It is the responsibility of the student to turn in work that is readable by the grader.
Note that most of the time your assignments will be graded by the math department’s graduate students. If you have questions on the grading of the assignments, please let me know and I'll help you or I will get you in contact with the grader.

Technical Requirements and Support: The online portion of this course will be held via Help with eCampus is available at To access the system you will use your TAMU netid and password. Please contact me immediately if you are unable to access the course website. If you require more technical assistance, try Help Desk Central ( or 979-845-8300). Help Desk Central is open 24-hours each day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Attendance Policy: This is an asynchronous online course, so attendance will not be figured into your grade. University rules related to excused and unexcused absences are located on-line at

Late Work Policy: No late work is accepted for unexcused absences per Section 7.4 of the University Student Rules Policy.

Make-up Policy: Students may be excused from turning in an assignment for the reasons stated in Section 7.1 (http://student- or other reason deemed appropriate by me (the instructor). To be excused you (the student) must notify me in writing (acknowledged e-mail message is acceptable) prior to the date of absence if such notification is feasible. In cases where advance notification is not feasible (e.g. accident, or emergency) the student must provide notification by the end of the second working day after the absence. This notification should include an explanation of why notice could not be sent prior to the class. For approved excuses for missed assignments, an appropriate modified due date will be set by me (the instructor).
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Statement:
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Scholastic Dishonesty: Copying work done by others, either in class or out of class, looking on other students papers during exams or quizzes, having possession of unapproved information in your calculator, and/or having someone else do your work for you are all acts of scholastic dishonesty. These acts, and other acts that can be classified as scholastic dishonesty, will be prosecuted to the full extent allowed by University policy. Punishment can range from a zero on the assignment/quiz/exam to expulsion from the university. In any case of scholastic dishonesty, the student forfeits their right to Q-drop the class. In this class, collaboration on assignments, either in class or out of class, is forbidden unless permission to do so is granted by the instructor.

Copyright Policy: All printed materials disseminated in class or on the web are protected by Copyright laws. One copy (or download from the web) is allowed for personal use. Multiple copies or sale of any of these materials is strictly prohibited.