Colorado State University — Pueblo; Fall 2014
Math 495: Independent Study/Capstone Seminar:
Communicating Mathematical Ideas
- Not meeting this week.
- NOTE: Friday is the last day to add classes
- W: We went over this introduction to
LaTeX
- Please do HW0 Send me e-mail (at
jonathan.poritz@gmail.com)
telling me:
- Your name.
- Your e-mail address. (Please give me one that you actually check
fairly frequently, since I may use it to contact you during the
term.)
- 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
now on.
- 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
into LaTeX.
- W:
- Four students will give short ($\approx$ 5-10 minute) presentations
of their chosen articles, with slide support. Those students should
e-mail all course instructors the PDF and source files (LaTeX
and BibTeX) for their presentation slides.
- W:
- one student presentation on their article
- we watched a video How NOT to give a presentation by
Neil Dodgson, which can be seen
here
- after the model BAD talk video, we discussed some issues about giving
talks, also in consultation with the handout
How_To_Talk_Handout.pdf
- please have a proposal for your final project, consisting of the
following:
- a title
- a paragraph or so discussing the topic
- at least one reference you will consult in the preparation of
your final project
Don't hesitate to contact any of the three instructors for assistance
in settling in on your project topic, in putting together various
LaTeX documents, and in finding source materials.
- as always, make sure you have e-mailed all of your LaTeX files
(final versions, or works-in-progress if you are having troubles) to
all three instructors
- NOTE: Friday is the last day to withdraw (with a W) from
classes
- W:
- Dr Lundberg spoke on Some Adventures in Parametric Optimal
Control
- W:
- Dr Poritz spoke on Perelman Proves Poincarè.
- Here is the PDF of handout he distributed
during the talk, whose LaTeX source file is
here, whose BibTeX file is
here, and whose required included image
file is here.
- Here is the PDF of the slides he used
during the presentation, whose source file is
here, while required image files are:
1, 2,
3, 4,
5, and
6.
- W: One-on-one meetings between students and instructors about the
status of their projects, not necessarily during regular class time.
- Thanksgiving Break! No classes or office hours.
- W: An overview, with discussion, of the art and challenges of
finding and choosing material, writing, and speaking about mathematics.
At our usual time, but in the math department conference room, PM213.
- Exam week, hooray!
- We will meet during the scheduled exam period for this class, which is
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 8-10:20am, in the math department
computer lab, PM221, for students' 15 minute presentations.
Here is the poster annoucing this
event — which will be open to other members of the math department
community — including times and titles of individual presentations.
Please be on time and attentive to your fellow students' work, and ready to
transition quickly between presentations (there will be only 2 minutes
between successive presentations!).
- Students must e-mail their slides, in both PDF and TeX forms,
to Dr Poritz
by 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
Barnett,
Lundberg, and
Poritz)
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: .