MA450 Seminar in Mathematics

for FA 2012

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MA 450 Seminar in Mathematics


FA 2012 HOZ


Chamberlin, Samuel


Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Ph.D. in Mathematics University of California, Riverside
M.A. in Mathematics University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. in Mathematics Portland State University

Office Location

Science Hall 306

Office Hours

Mon 2-3pm; Tues, Wed, and Thurs 2-4pm; Fri 10-11am

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Semester Dates

August 20 to December 7 2012

Class Days


Class Time



Permission of instructor

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
MA 450 Seminar in Mathematics: A capstone for the mathematics major. Topics may include selected readings and discussion of the history and philosophy of mathematics, the golden ages and crises in mathematics. Student presentations are required. One field trip required. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: MA301 and Permission of the instructor.

Educational Philosophy:

To understand mathematics students must be active learners. They must work many problems both inside and outside of the classroom. The problems assigned should vary in difficulty so that every student is challenged but not overwhelmed. Students should seek out help before becoming discouraged.


Class Assessment:

Each exam is 20% of the grade.
Exam on Unit 1: Calculus

Exam on Unit 2: Set theory and mathematical proofs

Exam on Unit 3: Linear Algebra

Exam on Unit 4: Abstract Algebra

Exam on Unit 5: Real Analysis

All exams will be CLOSED REFERENCE, meaning that you are NOT allowed to use any books or notes. Calculators are not allowed on exams PLEASE take each exam on the day that it is scheduled.  Make-up tests will only be given in the case of a documented emergency. Once taken and recorded, your test score is final and will not be changed.


90-100% = A
  80-89% = B
  70-79% = C
  60-69% = D

Below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework assignments MUST be turned in on the announced due date.  LATE PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  You will either turn in an assignment on the date that it is due, or you will not turn it in at all.  An assignment MUST be received by class time on the announced due date.  If it is not received by this time, then a score of ZERO will be recorded for that assignment.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  NO EXCUSES. 


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

EXPECTATIONS:   What are the things that the student needs to do in order to succeed in this course?

1.  Regular attendance at meetings is ESSENTIAL.

2.  Listen carefully and pay attention.

3.  Take thorough, accurate notes.  For better retention, review your notes as soon as possible after each class session. Review your notes regularly throughout the semester. 

4.  VOCABULARY, TERMINOLOGY, and NOTATION are extremely important in learning mathematics.

5.  ASK QUESTIONS whenever you need more explanation.

6.  Consult with the instructor if you are having ANY DIFFICULTY WHATSOEVER.

7. Tutoring assistance is available through the Academic Support Center, Mabee Underground Room 406, phone 6330.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Unit 1:  Calculus
Unit 2:  Set theory and mathematical proofs
Unit 3:  Linear Algebra
Unit 4:  Abstract Algebra
Unit 5:  Real Analysis

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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