MATH 4993-100 (12849) and 4994-100 (14050), Spring 2019

Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar

Syllabus

MATH 4993-100 (12849) MATH 4994 (14050)
Title: Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar I Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar II
Credits:12
Requisites: MATH 3300 Calculus III and (MATH 3200 Applied Linear Algebra or MATH 3210 Linear Algebra) and (MATH 3050 Discrete Math or CS 3000) and (Jr or Sr). (You may see 6 hours MATH 4200-4799 also listed as a prerequisite, but that is no longer true.) MATH 4993
Tier III: Taking 4993 and then 4994 is a Tier III equivalent.
Major requirements: Taking 4993 and then 4994 counts as one 4xxx course toward Mathematics major requirements.
Catalog Description:
The student participates in a weekly seminar on topics in mathematics that are beyond the material covered in our regular courses. During the first semester the student will develop a proposal for a topic of interest to be presented in the second semester.
 The study topic will be presented in the weekly public seminar and a final written report will be submitted to the instructor.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
  • The student will become familiar with various advanced topics in mathematics or applications of mathematics.
  • The student will develop an individual plan for further study and a seminar in a chosen topic.
  • The student will develop proficiency at presenting a mathematical topic in a seminar format.
  • The student will develop proficiency at presenting a mathematical topic in an expository article format.
Description: Undergraduate students will participate and give presentations in a weekly seminar. Topics will vary depending on the interests of the students. All of the topics covered will be advanced material not covered in regularly offered courses. Participation will
  • build upon and thus reinforce and contextualize more basic material,
  • broaden the students mathematical horizons,
  • spark interest in further study in specific areas of mathematics and allied fields.
In addition to mathematical goals, the activities are designed to improve oral and written communication skills.
Instructor: Martin J. Mohlenkamp, mohlenka@ohio.edu, (740)593-1259, 315-B Morton Hall.
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00-2:55pm, or by appointment.
Please communicate with me using your @ohio.edu email address. I will not send any private information to other addresses.
Web page: http://www.ohiouniversityfaculty.com/mohlenka/2195/4993-4994.
Class hours/ location:
Thursdays 5:15-6:10pm. We meet in 322 Morton Hall when there is a speaker and 314 Morton Hall (the computer lab) when there is not.
 (a second hour, arranged)
Attendance: Attendance is part of your grade. Up to 3 missed classes may be made up by attending Mathematics department research seminars or colloquia and filling out a Presentation Rating form. Basic participation, such as providing feedback on the work of other students, is considered part of attending.
Main Products: You will develop a topic on which you can give an hour public seminar in part II. See the topic guide and topic development guide/template (pdf, tex), which uses a graphic OHIOCLR.pdf. You will develop and deliver a public seminar talk on your topic and write a report on the topic. See the slides template (pdf, tex), which uses a graphic OHIOCLR.pdf and the report guide/template (pdf, tex).
Final Exam: Our scheduled final exam is Tuesday April 30 at 4:40pm. There will not be an exam, but your final topic development or report is due at that time.
Grade:
Your grade is based on attendance 30%, first draft of the topic proposal 5%, final version of the topic proposal 15%, first draft of the topic contents 15%, and final version of the topic contents 35%. Your grade is based on attendance 15%, oral presentation 35%, first draft of the report 15%, and final version of the report 35%.
An average of 90% guarantees you at least an A-, 80% a B-, 70% a C-, and 60% a D-.
Academic Dishonesty: Cooperation and the use of outsides sources is encouraged, but you must acknowledge in writing what help you received and from whom or where. Use of sources without proper citation is considered plagerism. Serious or second violations will result in failure in the class and be reported to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, which may impose additional sanctions. You may appeal any sanctions through the grade appeal process.
Special Needs: If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You should also register with Student Accessibility Services to obtain written documentation and to learn about the resources they have available.
Responsible Employee Reporting Obligation: If I learn of any instances of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and/or other forms of prohibited discrimination, I am required to report them. If you wish to share such information in confidence, then use one of the confidential resources listed by the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance.
Writing Environment: We will use the cloud computing environment CoCalc for writing proposals, talks, and reports, using \(\LaTeX\). Sign up for a free account, using your @ohio.edu email address.
Resources:

Schedule

Subject to change. Class activities will be rearranged to accomodate speakers.

Week 4993+4994 joint Thursday meeting 4994 arranged meeting
Date Activities etc.
1Jan 17 Introductions, sources for topics, expectations, planning, CoCalc, \(\LaTeX\). Individual consultations on slides
2Jan 24 Guest Speaker: Yaqin Feng Individual consultations on slides
3Jan 31 Initial discussion of topic ideas. Practice with \(\LaTeX\). Practice talk using slides
4Feb 7 4993 draft 0 of Topic Proposal due; you will get feedback on it but no grade.
Guest Speaker: Christopher Renner.
Practice talk using slides
5Feb 14 Further discussion and work on topics and slides. Practice talk using chalk
6Feb 21 4993 draft 1 of Topic Proposal due.
Guest Speaker:
Practice talk using chalk
7Feb 28 Further discussion and work on topics and slides. Practice talk in final form
8Mar 7 4993 final version of Topic Proposal due.
Guest Speaker: Michael John Burton
Practice talk in final form
Spring Break
9 Mar 21 4993 draft 0 of Topic Content due; you will get feedback on it but no grade.
4994 draft 0 of Report due; you will get feedback on it but no grade.
Student Speaker:
Individual consultations on reports
10Mar 28 Student Speaker: Individual consultations on reports
11April 4 Presentation debriefings.
Work on topic development and reports.
Individual consultations on reports
12April 11 4993 draft 1 of Topic Content due.
4994 draft 1 of Report due.
Student Speaker:
Individual consultations on reports
13April 18 Student Speaker: Individual consultations on reports
14April 25 Presentation debriefings.
Work on topic development and reports.
Individual consultations on reports
15 Tues Apr 30 4993 final version of Topic Content due 4:40pm.
4994 final version of Report due 4:40pm.

Martin J. Mohlenkamp

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