TW 1:30-3:00 and by appointment in South Hall 6711
893-2060 (no answering machine)
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Syllabus. A pdf version will be available soon
CRC Standard mathematical tables and formulae, 31st ed.,
by Daniel Zwillinger (ed.) (CRC Press)
Berkeley problems in mathematics,
by Paulo Ney de Souza (Springer)
Proofs from the book, 2nd ed.,
by Martin Aigner and Guenter Ziegler (Springer)
Description. (6 units) Problem solving. The class is designed
for first and second year graduate students and one of the main goals
is to prepare them for the qualifying exams.
It is intended as a replacement for students who might otherwise take
undergraduate classes to review or improve their understanding of some
material. It will be a more efficient way for graduate students to
achieve this goal. It is also intended to accelerate the change of
perspective from undergraduate to graduate level mathematical
This will be a problem oriented class. It will be a mixture of review
together with covering some areas which are missing from individual
students backgrounds. It will be very demanding in terms of students
time, as the homework load will perhaps be double that of other
classes. Ideally it will be the major mathematical activity for
students attending. It will be a 6-unit class during which students
will spend part of the time working on problems alone and together and
part of the time discussing issues. Some of the time will be used for
lecture type presentation.
Grading. Your grade will primarily determined by effort (which
includes attendance and participation). I will be giving and
collecting various assignments, which I will comment on, but the only
aspect which effects your grade is whether you did the assignment and
how much effort you put into it. The purpose here is to have the
grading recede into the background so that you can concentrate on
improving your ability to solve non-routine problems and to express
your solutions is a clear and accessible manner.
ADA. Students with disabilities can get assistance from the
Disabled Students Program Office (893-2668). I'm happy to work with
them and you.
Copyright Information. Please note that all written and web
materials for this course have an implied copyright. In particular,
you can xerox (or download) for your own use, but you may not
reproduce them for others.