Reading Assignments

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Assignments:

  1. For Friday September 5 lecture: Answer the following Introduction questions in a blog entry.
  2. For Friday September 5 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 1.1-1.6.
  3. For Monday September 8 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 2.1-2.4.
  4. For Wednesday September 10 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 2.5-2.8.
  5. For Friday September 12 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 2.9-2.10.
  6. For Monday September 15 lecture: Read and blog about the section in chapter 0 on mathematical writing, from pages 5 to 12.
  7. For Wednesday September 17 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 3.1-3.2.
  8. For Friday September 19 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 3.3-3.5.
  9. For Monday September 22 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 4.1-4.2.
  10. For Wednesday September 24 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 4.3-4.4. Additionally, write responses to some or all of the following questions.
  11. For Friday September 26 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 4.5-4.6 and 5.1.
  12. For Monday September 29 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 5.2-5.3.
  13. For Wednesday October 1 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 5.4-5.5.
  14. For Friday October 3 lecture: As you study for the exam (note that there is a study guide available here and sample midterms available on the main course website), write responses to the following questions.
  15. Thinking about the answers to these questions can help guide your study. Remember also that the mathematics department's learning outcomes for Math 290 state that students
    should know all relevant definitions, correct statements of the major theorems (including their hypotheses and limitations), and examples and non-examples of the various concepts. The students should be able to demonstrate their mastery by solving non-trivial problems related to these concepts, and by proving simple (but non-trivial) theorems about the…concepts, related to, but not identical to, statements proven by the text or instructor.
  16. For Monday October 6 lecture: Read and blog about Section 6.1.
  17. For Wednesday October 8 lecture: Read and blog about Section 6.2.
  18. For Friday October 10 lecture: Read and blog about Section 6.4.
  19. For Monday October 13 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 8.1-8.2.
  20. For Wednesday October 15 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 8.3-8.4.
  21. For Friday October 17 lecture: Read and blog about Section 8.5.
  22. For Monday October 20 lecture: Read and blog about Section 8.6.
  23. For Wednesday October 22 lecture: Read and blog about Section 9.1-9.2. Remember that you can make up a missed blog entry by attending the Focus On Math talk by Ed Moylan (formerly of Ford Motors) at 4 PM (refreshments at 3:45) in 1170 TMCB on Thursday October 23 and writing a blog entry about the talk.
  24. For Friday October 24 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 9.3-9.4.
  25. For Monday October 27 lecture: Read and blog about Section 9.5.
  26. For Wednesday October 29 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 9.6-9.7.
  27. For Friday October 31 lecture: As you study for the exam (note that there is a study guide available here and there are sample midterms available on the main course website), write responses to the following questions.
  28. For Monday November 3 lecture: Read and blog about Section 10.1.
  29. For Wednesday November 5 lecture: Read and blog about Section 10.2.
  30. For Friday November 7 lecture: Read and blog about Section 10.3.
  31. For Monday November 10 lecture: Read and blog about Section 10.4.
  32. For Wednesday November 12 lecture: Read and blog about Section 10.5 up to Theorem 10.18.
  33. For Friday November 14 lecture: Read and blog about the rest of Section 10.5.
  34. For Monday November 17 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 11.1-11.2.
  35. For Wednesday November 19 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 11.3-11.4.
  36. For Friday November 21 lecture: As you study for the exam (note that there is a study guide available here and there are sample midterms available on the main course website), write responses to the following questions.
  37. For Monday November 24 lecture: Read and blog about Sections 11.5-11.6.
  38. For Tuesday November 25 lecture: Write responses to the following questions.
  39. For Monday December 1 lecture: Read and blog about Section 12.1.
  40. For Wednesday December 3 lecture: Read and blog about Section 12.2.
  41. For Friday December 5 lecture: Read and blog about Section 12.3.
  42. For Monday December 8 lecture: Read and blog about Section 12.4.
  43. For Wednesday December 10 lecture: Complete your student ratings for this course. As you study for the final exam, write responses to the following questions. You may make up missed blog entries by attending and writing about one of the presentations by Tim Chartier (Davidson College) this week: the Mime-matics show at 5 PM on Wednesday December 10 in 3108 JKB, or the Focus on Math talk at 4 PM on Thursday December 11 in 1170 TMCB. For both events, refreshments will be served 15 minutes beforehand.

If for whatever reason you are uncomfortable doing a certain assignment on your blog (for instance, if you'd rather not have your answers to specific questions out there on the Internet), you may send me that particular assignment by email.

Instructions:

Setting up a blog:

Note: these instructions should only be followed once. Once you've created a blog, just add new posts to it for each reading assignment.

Make sure to do all of this and to do Assignment 2 (Sections 1.1-1.6) by 11:59 PM on Thursday September 4.