Your e-mail address. (Please give me one that you actually check
fairly frequently, since I may use it to contact you during the
Your year/program/major at CSUP.
What you intend to do after CSUP, in so far as you have an idea.
Past math classes you've had.
The reason you are taking this course.
Your favorite mathematical subject.
Your favorite mathematical result/theorem/technique/example/problem.
Anything else you think I should know (disabilities, employment
or other things that take a lot of time, etc.).
[Optional:] The name of a good book you have read recently.
Start working on HW1:
Get a version of LaTeX working on a machine you can use in
class and at home: perhaps an installation of MiKTeX on a
thumbdrive, or install the packages you need on a laptop running Linux,
whatever you choose.
Please bring that working computational environment to class from
Download the hw1.tex file and make the
modifications as suggested on the paper version as handed out in
class. (Or here is a scanned version of
that handout.) Bring that new file with you to our next class
Consult with any of the faculty associated with this class if you get
stuck at any point installation or working with LaTeX.
Find a few problems (at least a one you like and one back-up) from
a math course in the range Calc I to Linear Algebra, and bring its
statement (i.e., the book or a copy of the page(s)) to our
next class. In class next time (so: no need to get started ahead of
time, we'll have time set aside for this in class) you will make
a LaTeX version of the problem. The problem should have a
nice mix of text and mathematical notation, so it will be fun to put
These can be accessed electronically at the CSU-P Library website.
Select MathSciNet and select the journal tab. Then type the name of
a journal from the list above and click on issues and articles
You can also try JSTOR. Journal Finder (located under the Articles tab on the
library website is a good way to locate specific journals to which the
library has a subscription of some sort; you do need to know the name
of the journal to use this.
Images (i.e. like the yellow handout from last class.)
Bibliography and citations using BibTex.
Templates are provided in the MiKTex distribution for the
presentation package Beamer. You can process a template file
to see how the results look. Then you can copy and modify a template
for your own uses.
Select New from Template... under the MiKTeX,
Select the folder Beamer Presentations and click on one
of the templates to open it
Save this with a (different) name and folder of your choosing
pdfLateX this file, which may prompt you to install
view the displayed pdf of the template presentation slides
brief comments on using the beamer style file for LaTeX
to make presentation slides
Here is a typeset example,
made from this LaTeX file
(that was the actual file; to look at it in a web browser, try
this version) and
this image file
(that was the .eps file, which is best to incorporate into
a LaTeX file; here
is a .jpg to look at on the web — note that to
convert a .jpg to .eps, you will need to use
some tool like the GIMP).
Students must e-mail their slides, in both PDF and TeX forms,
to Dr Poritzby 11:59pm on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Students must e-mail their final papers, in both PDF and TeX
forms, to all three course instructors (Drs
by 5pm on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 8-10:20am (that's the day
of the presentations).
If students enrolled in this class could please answer the following
questions, it would help to improve the course for the future. You can do
this anonymously in the free response part of the regular CSU-P on-line
course evaluations for Math 495 or simply by giving a written response to
Mary Sandoval in the department office. If you don't mind the lack of
anonymity, you can also send your answers in an e-mail to any (or all) of
the course instructors.
Here are the questions:
What worked; ... best.
What did not; ... worst.
Areas in which you grew most.
Areas in which you needed more help.
Main challenges you encountered.
Ideas for future versions of this seminar.
I would have liked to .
I would have liked not to .
Best sources of material and materials you encountered: .
Three ideas or experiences that impacted you the most: .