Office Hours: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 and 1:30-2:30.
Each of these ideas can be taken very far: see here, here, and here. (worry not: these topics will not be on the exam.)
Warning. You should expect 5-8 hours of homework a week in this class, which is more than most other instructors assign; in my experience there is no other way to learn the material. Your consistent effort will certainly lead to improved understanding, and it will almost certainly lead to you earning high grades.
This introductory textbook is a little bit old-fashioned, but it is delightful, it is fun to read, it is geared towards beginners, and unlike some other books you don't need to remortgage your house to buy it.
The final exam will on Wednesday, December 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Here are the previous midterms, with solutions.
Warning. I assign a lot of homework.
The homework is intended to take 5-8 hours a week. That is a lot. Please count on making a consistent effort to do well in this class! Starting the night before is a bad idea.
If homework takes you more than 10 hours on any given week, then that is more than I intended; please let me know.
There will be at least one bonus problem on each homework, each worth one or two points, up to a maximum score of 11/10 on each week's homework. This is the only way to earn extra credit; please note that bonus problems will not be accepted late.
Graduate credit: If you want graduate credit, you are required to do at least one bonus problem from every other homework (i.e., do one from HW1 or HW2, etc.) Bonus problems on top of that count for extra credit.
Please note. You will be graded both on correctness and on quality of exposition. Indeed, a major focus of Math 580 is the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly. The standard is that someone who doesn't know the answer should be able to easily follow your work. In particular, please write in complete English sentences and draw clear diagrams where appropriate. Any work that is confusing, ambiguous, or poorly explained will not receive full credit.
Grading scale: A = 90+, B+ = 85+, B = 78+, C+ = 73+, C = 66+, D = 52+.
Please note that my grading scale is more generous than the usual 10-point scale. However, I am a (slightly) stricter grader than most. This is intended to balance out.
Grade component | % of grade |
Two in-class exams | 20% x 2 |
Final exam: | 35% |
Homework: | 25% |
Please note: If you come to office hours, please don't be shy about interrupting me! I'm usually in the middle of something, but it can wait.
If you have a legitimate conflict with any of the exams it is your responsibility to inform me at least a week before the exam. Otherwise makeup exams will be given only in case of documented emergency.
Late homework will be accepted once per student, up to a week late; after that, no late homework please except in case of emergency.
Academic honesty and attendance are expected of all students.
Calculators will not be needed or allowed.
(Note: Daily topics are listed only for some days, and when in the future are subject to change.)