Department of Mathematics

Math 300: Mathematical Computing

Math 300 Syllabus

Welcome to Math 300 - Mathematical Computation. The goal of this course is to make you more sophisticated in your knowledge of computing in mathematics. Anyone can use a browser and a word processor, but mathematicians and teachers need an array of more specialized techniques to do and communicate mathematics in myriad formats. Mathematicians need unique powerful tools to analyze their problems, and use multiple platforms for those ends. To that end, we try to familiarize you with some of the most common aspects of operating systems, networking, typesetting, and applications that mathematicians use.
Kevin Cooper
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Office Hours:
3:00-5:00 MWF: these will ordinarily be in room 120
There will be two tests worth a total of 200 points. In addition there will be two quizzes worth 50 points each.
There will be several assignments worth 300-400 points. These will typically involve solving a problem and writing about the solution, and then typesetting that writing in some way. Several of the assignments in this course include substantial writing components. You will be graded on writing as well as computational understanding. Thus, technical proficiency alone will not suffice to do well in the class.
This is it. There are some HTML text pages available at this site, as well as somewhat more complete notes in portable document format. There are other resources available on the Web to which we provide links.
Academic Integrity:
Because much of the work in this class is done electronically, some students find it too tempting to copy the work of others. While we encourage collaboration and helpfulness among students, ultimately students must demonstrate that they have learned something by turning in their own work. Assignments or exams that show clear evidence of plagiarism (copying) will receive scores of zero, or in egregious cases might lead to a failing grade in the class. This can apply regardless of whether the student in question was the one copying, or the one copied. Protect your own work.
  • Working Remotely
  • HTML, CSS, MathML
  • LaTeχ - document formatting
  • Matlab and Python programming
Students with disabilities
Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center.

Welcome to Math 300!

Assignment C  is posted.

The second exam will take place on Friday, 16 December at 8:00 AM. It will be written as a 50 minute test, but you may have the whole two hours for it. As always, all paper notes will be permissible, but no electronic devices may be used. There is a sample exam available.

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