University of Massachusets, Amherst
Spring 2014
Math 370 Writing in Mathematics
FINAL PROJECT:
Personal Finance Planning.

As you know, there is no final exam in this course.

Instead, there is a final project.
The requirements and details are found here.

The project is due the last day of the exam period.
Of course it may be advantageous to
submit it before the exams start.

The exam should be placed in my mailbox (LGRT 16th floor)
or under my door. If you can not do either, email it.

The steps (7) and (8) in the project can be combined in one step, depending on how you do the computations.

Interest Computations.
1. GROUP PROJECT:

F.
The list of Topics

X. Your PRIORITIES for the topic that you want to work on.
These are due
Thursday April 3rd, in class.

On a page write your 1st, 2nd and 3rd priority
among the suggested topics.

Also, if possible write with whom you would like to be in a group.

I will then pick the groups
and they will be posted Friday together
with the list of emails so that you can contact your group members.

Most students will get their first priority topic but probably not all students.

Y. Abstract.
This text explains
what should be in the abstract
and how to produce an abstract.

Office : 1235I Lederle Graduate Tower.

Phone : 5456023.

Email : mirkovic@math.umass.edu

Meet : in LGRT 173.
Section 370.1 meets TuTh 1:00  2:15 pm,
Section 370.2 meets TuTh 2:30  3:45 pm.

Office hours :
In my office, The Current Schedule is
Wednesday 12 and Thursday 11:3012:30.

You should check here for changes,
temporary and permanent:
Notes on the Mathematical Method
Updated: February 7, 2014.
(This may bethe final version for the semester.)
HOMEWORK

HW0.
Due THURSDAY January 30th in class.

HW1.
Due THURSDAY February 6th in class.

HW2.
Due THURSDAY February 13th in class.
The homework is on latex but all instructions are provided.
[The instructions have been corrected (Feb 26).]

HW3.
Due THURSDAY February 27th in class.
The homework is on formulas in latex.

HW4.
Due THURSDAY March 6th in class.
The homework is on labeling.
Here is
a
Template for Latex Documents

HW5.
Due THURSDAY March 27. [HOMEWORK has been POSTPONED!]
This is the most difficult latex homework.
It covers including pictures and using bibliographies.

HW6.
Due THURSDAY March 27th in class.
The homework is on the talk of Timothy Gowers on usefulness of mathematics.
Here is
a
local link for the talk

HW7.
Due THURSDAY April 3rd in class.
HW8.
Job Application
Due THURSDAY April 10th in class.

The homework problem is to write a job application.
It can be addressed to a made up company or to a real one.
It can be an apollication to a graduate school if this is more appropriate.

This homework does not have to be in latex.
Use whatever seems most adequate.

Here are (again) the
notes for the lecture on Job Applications.
It also indicates what is expected
for the homework.
Attendance
Mostly I will not be taking attandence information.
Still it is highly recomendable because there is no book for the course.
Attendence will be particularly important
for the lectures and presentations related to the group project.
THE PROJECTS:
All writing should be in the ``double space'' format!

SYLLABUS.
It contains general information on instructor, grades, course structure
and policies.

Resources

5. Avrunin's webpage for 370
HOW TO LEARN abstract MATHEMATICS.
The following is what I see as the BASIC approach
towards learning mathematics at the conceptual level.
The procedure is

(0)
You start by hearing (or reading) of a new idea, new procedure, new trick.

(1)
To make sense of it you check what it means in sufficiently many
examples. You discuss it with teachers and friends.

(2)
After you see enough examples you get to the point where you
think that you more or less get it. Now you attempt
the last (and critical)
step:

(3) retell this idea or procedure, theorem, proof or
whatever it is, to yourself in YOUR OWN words.

More on step (3).

Trying to memorize someone else's formulation,
is a beginning but it is far from what you really need.

You should get to the stage where you can
tell it as a story,
as if you are teaching someone else.

When you can do this, and your story makes sense
to you,
you are done. You own it now.

However, if at some point you find
a piece that does not make sense, then you have to
return to one of the earlier steps (13) above.
Repeat this process as many times as necessary.