This is the book used in math 370 in the spring of 2011. I would strongly recommend that you get
an account on library.nu. This is an
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texts which are by now almost impossible to obtain in print. Here is
some additional advice about how to use the library.nu web site:
- Once you've registered to use library.nu, your can search for book using the search window
at the upper right corner of the library.nu web page.
- If your search is successful, you will see a window with a picture of the book. Click
on the name of the book. This will take you another page with a list of 'external links'.
Clicking on one of these will lead you to a page from which you can download the book
in one format or another. You may need to enter the password which is listed on
the 'external links" page.
- You may need to download some plug-ins to see some formats in which the
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- Some of the downloading services create time delays in order to try to
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Electronic and web resources:
We will be using several different kinds of software to talk about course material.
If you have time, it would be a good idea to try out some of the software below
before we use it in class, if you don't already use it on a regular basis. In some
cases, I would appreciate it if you could send me the information I will need
to contact you, as described below.
- We'll use Skype during
online office hours as well as during course podcasts. It's possible to carry
on a conference call with 24 people on Skype, and we have only 8 class members
at the moment. So we can in fact have a conference call which includes everyone in class.
Please send an e-mail to me at email@example.com with your Skype name so
that I can put you on conference calls. If you think there may be times when it would be more
convenient to reach you by phone, please also send a phone number I can use.
- From time to time, I will put both streaming and downloading video on
- During conference calls, I will be using an online white board
available from skrbl.com. Have a look at this sample
white board. Feel free to write a message on the white board to test it!
(PG-13 messages only, please.) At the start of a conference call I will
send out the address of the whiteboard we will be using that day.
Everyone should be able to write and to draw pictures on the whiteboard.
By appointment and by Skype in the evenings.
How to make attending lectures efficient:
Before each lecture, check the
current homework and lecture schedule,
and read the appropriate parts of the text. After each lecture, you should review your lecture notes,
reread the corresponding sections of the book and solve related
Homework will be due at the beginning
of the first class in a given week. There will be two kinds
of problems on the homework.
There will be no class on Monday, May 30, because of the Memorial Day holiday.
So the first homework set will be due Tuesday, May 31, and you
should be prepared to discuss the Type B problems in class on the homework
The first kind, labelled
Type A, are problems you should work on and
write up on your own.
The purpose of these problems is to provide practice
in writing complete proofs and mathematical arguments.
The second kind of problem, labelled Type B, are
problems you can work on with one or two other students.
I will ask people to be prepared to explain at the board
during class the solutions to Type B problems which
they worked out with their group. You will not need
to turn in written solutions to Type B problems. The
purpose of these problems is to get some practice
at explaining mathematical ideas and arguments
to other people.
During the second half of class on Monday, June 13, there will be a one hour mid-term exam.
The final exam will be held during class on Thursday, June 30.
You are very welcome to arrange a time to meet with me either in math department
Approximate Grading Weights:
65% -- Homework
10% -- Midterm exam Thursday, June 9, in class.
25% -- Final (cumulative), June 30, in class.
Here are some number
A terrific link about the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers!
The Prime Page
Survey article by Peter Shor on quantum computing
Last updated: 6/14/11
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