Last modified 11 December 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Math 240, Sections 305-308
Here's the news:
- 11 Dec: There is a new schedule for the review session on Monday evening. It will now be held two hours later, from 7:25 to 9:25, in B130 Van Vleck. For those students who can't make it to this session, I will also hold half of the previously announced session: 6:05 to 7:05, in 5208 Social Sciences.
- 9 Dec: There will be a review session, Monday 15 Dec, from 5:05 to 7:05 PM, in 5208 Social Sciences (our usual lecture room).
- 8 Dec: I will hold extra office hours in preparation for the exam:
- Wed 12:05-12:55, 2:25-3:15
- Thu 11:00-12:55
- Fri 12:05-12:55, 2:25-3:15
- Sat 11:00-1:00
- Sun 11:00-1:00
- Mon 11:00-1:00
- Tue 11:00-1:00
- 17 Nov: I will hold extra office hours this week, in preparation for
the exam: Tue 12:05-12:55 and 3:30-4:20, Wed 12:05-12:55, Thu 11:00-12:55,
Fri 12:05-12:55 and 2:25-3:15, and Sat 1:00-3:00. There will be a review
session on Sunday, from 1:00 to 3:00, in B130 Van Vleck.
- 21 Oct: I want to get serious about the composition of your solutions. So, this week I will be grading only problem 4.1.40. You will be expected to submit an excellent writeup of this problem. I will return it marked with either 12 or 0 points. If you receive 0, then you are entitled to submit new drafts of the problem to me, until I give it a 12. You are invited to talk to me to help your writing.
Here is a PDF file containing detailed solutions to some selected homework problems. If you're having trouble understanding what is expected from your homework, reading this can give you an idea. Let me know if you have problems reading it.
I teach four sections; if you can't make it to your official section, then come to another one (but don't make a habit of this).
Here are the homework guidelines:
- 305: Tue 1:20-2:10, 6314 Social Sciences
- 307: Tue 2:25-3:15, 6224 Social Sciences
- 306: Thu 1:20-2:10, 395 Van Hise
- 308: Thu 2:25-3:15, 6314 Social Sciences
If you find that you're not understanding the material, there are several ways to get help. In roughly the order that you should try them, they are:
- You are encouraged to work with other students, but each student must submit his/her own set of solutions.
- You have to substantiate all of your answers. Even if the problem is so easy that you can do it in your head, give me some convincing argument that your answer is correct. Always write in complete, grammatically correct, English sentences, including punctuation. Remember: A proof consists of a sequence of true statements, each one following logically from the preceding ones.
- Staple (or at least paper-clip) your paper.
- Write your section number (305, 307, 306, or 308) at the top somewhere.
- Submit your homework by 2:00 PM on Friday. You can drop it in my mailbox (#25, on the second floor of Van Vleck) or you can give it to me in lecture.
I can't think of anything else to write here; let me know if you think of something.
- Work with other students, and ask questions in discussion.
- Visit me in my office (518 Van Vleck) during the official hours:
Because the Friday office hour comes just after homework is due, it is not well-attended; this is a great time to talk about older material from the course (or previous courses).
- Tuesday 12:05-12:55
- Thursday 11:00-11:50
- Friday 2:25-3:15
- Go to Math Lab. This is a free, drop-in tutoring service, available Monday-Thursday, 3:30-8:30, in Van Vleck B227 (in the basement). There are always a couple of grad students (or advanced undergrads) around to help you. They might not be intimately familiar with everything that we do in 240, but they should be able to help you figure it out anyway.
- The Greater University Tutoring Service also offers free tutoring.
- Make an appointment with me outside of office hours. To do this, consult my weekly schedule, pick a free time, and e-mail me.
- On the second floor of Van Vleck you can pick up a list of private tutors for hire.