MA450 Seminar in Mathematics

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MA 450 Seminar in Mathematics


SP 2013 HO


Chamberlin, Samuel


Assistant Professor of Mathematics


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

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall 306

Office Hours

MW 1-3pm, TuTh 1:30-2:20pm, F 10am-12pm

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

1/14/13 to 5/10/13

Class Days

Tuesday and Thursday

Class Time



MA301 and permission of the instructor

Credit Hours


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Course Description:
A capstone course for the mathematics majors.

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. For a 3-credit class students should be prepared to spend at least 6 hours each week working outside of class. Students should seek out help before becoming frustrated and discouraged.

Class Assessment:
In class activities 20%

Differential calculus exam 10%
Integral calculus exam 10%
Sequences and series exam 10%
Multivariable calculus exam 10%
Proof techniques and set theory exam 10%
Linear algebra exam 10%
Abstract algebra exam 10%
Real analysis/Probability exam 10%

The grading scale will be no worse than the following:

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

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No makeup exams are allowed except in the case of an unplanned documented emergency (documentation will be required in the form of a doctor's note, accident report, etc.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Silence all electronic devices.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

There will be an exam every other Thursday starting January 24.

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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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