Syllabus for MATH 480 Section 1
Spring Semester 2007, CRN: 82747
||No Text Book
||F, 11:30AM to 12:20PM in Keller 401
||Dr. George R. Wilkens
||TR, 1:30PM to 2:30PM,
and by appointment.
We will review and synthesize the mathematics you have learned during
the course of your studies. For the first half of the semester we will
discuss calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. The second
half of the semester will be taken up with your presentations. A
presentation has two parts: first, you present a mathematical topic of
your choosing to the class; second you distribute a writeup of your
presentation to the other class members. Presentations are described in
more detail below.
TeX, Lectures and Projects
There are many varieties of TeX. The preferred one for mathematics
seems to be LaTeX, together with the AMS extensions -- AMS LaTeX. You
will probably want to load a version of TeX onto your personal computer:
All the resources listed above are free. But, you will have to read the
instructions on the various web pages to get a smoothly functioning
installation on your home computer. If you do not have a computer of
your own or do not have internet access, MikTeX and WinShell are
installed on the computers in the undergraduate lounge, to which you all
- TeX for the Macintosh
- Everything you need is contained in the MacTeX
- TeX for Windows
- Everything you need is contained in the proTeXt -
MiKTeX Distribution --
after you click
here, click on the "download the self-extracting
- TeX for Unix/Linux
- If you use a Unix/Linux system, it is very likely
TeX is already installed. Try executing `which tex'
or 'which latex' at the command line to check.
- If you setup your own Linux system, you probably
know all about TeX already.
I plan to write up the lectures in LaTeX and make the source available on
this web site. You will need to TeX the files in order to get a
readable version of the notes. My hope is that this will provide enough
incentive for you to become familiar with TeX before you write up your
presentation. You can also use the files as a starting point for your
Download TeX file of the class notes.
A requirement of the course is that you submit a 3-5 page writeup of
your presentation in the mathematical typesetting language TeX. Below is a link to
a short template which you can use to get started. (Please don't try to
do anything funny like changing to a larger font, or widening the
margins, ... to make your writeup look longer than it is.) Your
presentation writeup is due one week after your in class presentation.
template for your presentation writeup.
Here are some sample projects for your examination.
||11:30 to 11:43
||11:45 to 11:58
||12:00 to 12:13
| 02 - Mar
|| Natividad, Joanne P.
|| Muller, Taoata
|| Lyster, Bethani D.
| 09 - Mar
|| Nelson, Lucinda A.
|| Ganoot, Michael G.
|| DeVor, Jerry M.
| 16 - Mar
|| Matsui, Alena T.
|| Nguyen, Vu N.
|| Ng, Marsha S.
| 23 - Mar
|| Bennett, Vann M.
|| Craven, Kevin P.
|| Ubando, Shanae A.
| 13 - Apr
|| Turituri, Kaylla P.
|| Billon, Evanita Marie D.
|| Cunningham, Krystina K.
| 20 - Apr
|| Yamauchi, Bryce K.
|| Bastarache, Michael P.
|| McGrain, Janette K.
| 27 - Apr
|| Cheng, Billy H.
Math 480 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Your grade will be
determined by my professional assessment of your performance in the
course, based on attendance, a presentation and your taking the
Mathematics Department Assessment Exam at the end of the semester.
Attendance in Math 480 is mandatory. The rules governing
attendance are as follows:
- Excused absences
- An excused absence is when you miss a class period
and provide me with a valid excuse.
- I alone determine validity of an excuse.
- You are allowed one excused absence
- Subsequent excused absences must be made up in
a manner to be determined by me.
- Unexcused absences
- An unexcused absence is when you miss a class period
and do not provide me with a valid excuse.
- Again, validity of an excuse is determined by me alone.
- If you have a single unexcused absence you will receive
the grade NC (failing).
You will complete one in class presentation (about 13 minutes) together
with writeup. The topic of the presentation should be from a 400 level
course you have taken. The level of the presentation should be so that
others in the class can understand it. The presentation should be
written up in TeX (about 3-5 pages in length).
The Mathematics Department administers an assessment exam to all
graduating seniors. The exam consists of several problems from each
course offered by the department. You are to complete:
In order to pass Math 480 you you must take the assessment exam. If
you do not take the assessment exam you will receive the grade NC
You must take the exam even if you are not a graduating senior.
That said, your grade in Math 480 is not predicated on your performance
on the exam, just that you take it.
- problems from the calculus sequence (Math 241 - 244, Math 251 - 253)
- problems on elementary logic and reasoning (Math 321)
- problems from the advanced courses you have taken
The assessment exam is administered during the final exam period. You
must pick up a copy of the exam in the Associate Chair's office, Keller
419, sometime during the final exam period. After completing the exam
you return it to the Associate Chair's office; you must return the exam
before the end of the final exam period, and within two days of when you
picked it up.
Summary: You can fail Math 480 in one of the following ways:
- Having one unexcused absence
- Failing to make up an excused absence as required
- Not doing a presentation, or doing a poor presentation
- Not taking the assessment exam at the end of the semester
It goes without saying that all academic work should be done with the
high levels of honesty, integrity and excellence that this University
demands. Cheating will not be tolerated. It is your responsibility to
ensure that you do not copy from another student, or let another student
copy from you.
Please read the
Math department's web page
on academic expectations for more information.
Last modified: Thu May 10 12:44:40 HST 2007