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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