### Preparing for class

A physicist's view of mathematics
Knowing mathematics

Understanding mathematics

Success in Mathematics
(link)

Common errors
(link)

Classic fallacies
(link)

### Fall '20 Classes

#### Math 344

**CRN 10828**
11:30--12:20 MWF 336 JB

View the syllabus.

Video
lecture link.

List of recommended
exercises.

**Next Test**

Friday 30 October

Chapts. 15.4--15.8

This link is a
little too advanced for Calc tests

and a little too elementary for grad
work,

but you should all look at it anyway ---

every student who has
to write math, be it exams or proofs,

will find something you should
keep in mind.
And this is a simple, basic,

American Standard English grammar.

If you can't say it with precision,

you don't understand it.

---Jim Green (physics prof)
Imprecise language is the mark of

a master of persuasion and a novice of mathematics.

---Rebecca Weber (math student)

#### Math 511

**CRN 11227**
1:30--2:20 MWF 336 JB

View the syllabus.

Video lecture link.

List of recommended exercises.

**Next Test**

Friday 30 October

Chapts. 4--5.1,5.2,first part of 5.4

### Spring '19 Classes

#### Math 344

**CRN 21289**
1:30--2:20 MWF 336 JB

View the syllabus.

List of recommended exercises.

Grades should be available

by 10:00 pm Tue 19 May

through myWSU.

#### Math 511

**CRN 22800**
11:30--12:20 MWF 336 JB

View the syllabus.

List of recommended exercises.

### Graduate-level Handouts [PDFs]

### Studying mathematical texts

Learning definitions
Understanding theorems
Studying proofs
Interpreting models

**The ultimate guide to reading mathematics,**

Charles Wells's
*Handbook of Mathematical Discourse,*

has been extensively revised, is now officially published,

and can be purchased
here.

The old, shorter, preliminary version

in hypertext
form as a PDF file

is still available to my students

*by special arrangement with the author.*

If you do not have the *free*

Acrobat
or GSview/Ghostscript
reader

for PDFs, you will have to download and install it.

### History of mathematics

Geometers' birthdays
A brief Chronology of geometry [PDF].

Some History of Geometry

Supervised Works

Math 531 "extras" page

Links page

With brief reviews of some

by my Math History classes.

HOMSIGMAA

History of Mathematics Special Interest Group

of the Mathematical Association of America

SMURCHOM

Smoky Mountain Undergraduate Conference

on the History of Mathematics

### And now a word from a sponsor...

Prelude to physics

### Just for fun

The Mathematics Student's Psalm
Beastly humor (PDF)

Piled Higher & Deeper: a grad student comic

Student musings at St. Cloud State U.
(link)

Kasman's database of mathematical fiction
(link)

An animated kaleidoscope (move cursor
slowly).

[original source]

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