Dr. C Edward Sandifer

 

Dr. C Edward Sandifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Hours - click here

Teaching schedule

Spring 2009

Math 118 - Elementary Applied Mathematics

Section 05 (TuTh 8:00-9:15, HI 110)

Final exam - Tuesday, May 19, 11:00-1:30

Section 06 (TuTh 12:30-1:45, HI 110)

Final exam - Monday, May 18, 2:00-4:30

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-3353-7 (Green OR Red edition) (optional)

  2. Course Compass authorization package (if it is not bound with your textbook, then you will have to get it on line at www.coursecompass.com.

Math 363 - History of Mathematics

Section 04 (TuTh 9:30-10:45, HI 117)

Final exam - Thursday, May 21 2:00-4:30 pm

Text:  Ronald Calinger, Classics of Mathematics, Prentice Hall, 1995, ISBN 0-02-318342-X

 

Final Exam Schedule

 

Connecting with Math's Past - an article about your instructor

 

 

Summer 2009

 

 

Math 540 - Geometry of Algebraic Curves

 

 Text: Elementary Geometry of Algebraic Curves, by C. G. Gibson.  Cambridge University Press, 1998.  ISBN 0-521-64641-3.  

 

Meets:  Weekday mornings 8:00 to about 10:30

 

We will study the algebra and geometry of algebraic curves and learn what makes a curve "algebraic."  We will learn various things that make algebraic curves equivalent and similar, like how one circle is equivalent to another and how a circle is similar to an ellipse (not in the sense of similar triangles, though.)  When we move to projective equivalence, we will see ways a circle is similar to a parabola.  We will see how associated algebraic structures reflect these geometric properties, and, with luck, we will learn about singularities and about the group structure of a cubic curve.

 

Students who have studied abstract algebra will find that ideas that seemed abstract or arbitrary in their algebra course reflect more concrete concepts in the world of curves, and this will make their algebra course make more sense.  Those who have not studied abstract algebra will not be left behind in this course, but they will find themselves better prepared when they do take abstract algebra, and this will make their algebra course make more sense.

email address SandiferE (at) wcsu.edu

Stamp mail address (at home) 3 Juniper Road, Newtown, CT 06470

(at work) Mathematics Department, Western Connecticut State University, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810, USA

 

Fall 2008

Math 118 - Elementary Applied Mathematics

Section 05 (TuTh 8:00-9:15, HI 110)

Final exam - Tuesday, Dec. 16, 11:00-1:30

Section 06 (TuTh 9:30-10:45, HI 110)

Final exam - Thursday, Dec. 18, 2:00-4:30

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-3353-7 (Green OR Red edition) (optional)

  2. Course Compass authorization package (if it is not bound with your textbook, then you will have to get it on line at www.coursecompass.com.

Math 110 - Great Ideas in Mathematics

Section 04 (TuTh 11:00-12:15, HI 117)

Final exam - Wednesday, December 17, 2:00-4:30 pm

Book list: Excursions in Modern Mathematics, Tannenbaum and Arnold - latest (6th) edition

Spring 2008

Math 118 - Elementary Applied Mathematics

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-3353-7

  2. Course Compass authorization package (if it is not bound with your textbook, then you will have to get it on line at www.coursecompass.com.

Math 540 - Seminar in the History of Mathematics

Book list: Classics of Mathematics (Paperback)

by Ronald S. Calinger 

bullet Paperback: 816 pages
bullet Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (October 26, 1994)
bullet Language: English
bullet ISBN-10: 002318342X
bullet ISBN-13: 978-0023183423
bullet Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.3 x 1.8 inches

Students in this course will engage in close readings and in-depth discussions of original sources in the history of mathematics.  Readings will include work by Leonhard Euler and Augustin-Louis Cauchy, as well as readings from a culture outside Western mathematics, probably chosen from Islam, India, China or Mesopotamia, depending on the interests of the students.

Fall 2007

Math 118 - Elementary Applied Mathematics

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-3353-7

  2. Course Compass authorization package (if it is not bound with your textbook, then you will have to get it on line at www.coursecompass.com.

Math 110 - Great Ideas in Mathematics

Book list: Excursions in Modern Mathematics, Tannenbaum and Arnold - latest (6th) edition

Math 416 - Modern Algebra

Book list: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, by Joseph A. Gallian

Spring 2007

Math 118 - Elementary Applied Mathematics

Section 05 - Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-10:45 Higgins 202.  Final exam on Thursday May 17, 2:00-4:30

 

Section 06 - Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-12:15 Higgins 202.  Final exam on Wednesday, May 16, 2:00-4:30

 

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-3353-7

  2. Course Compass authorization package (if it is not bound with your textbook, then you will have to get it on line at www.coursecompass.com.

Math 342 - Modern Geometry

Higgins 110 TuTh 8:00 - 9:15

Book list: Roads to Geometry, 3rd Edition, by Edward C. Wallace and Stephen F. West, Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-041396-8

Final Exam -Tuesday, May 15 at 11:00 am

Fall 2006

Math 110 - Great Ideas in Mathematics (Click on course name to link to course home page)

-03 Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-10:45, Higgins 107.  Final exam on Thursday, December 21, 2:00-4:30 

-04  Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-12:15, Higgins 107.  Final exam on Wednesday, December 20, 2:00-4:30

 

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students, by Johnson, Herr & Kysh, Key Curriculum Press, ISBN 1-931914-14-1.

Math 118 - Elementary Applied Mathematics

Section 07 - Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:15, Higgins 110.  Final exam on Monday, December 18 11:00-1:30

 

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-3353-7

  2. Course Compass authorization package (if it is not bound with your textbook, then you will have to get it on line at www.coursecompass.com.

Math 400 - Applied Mathematics - Fair Division

 

What is a fair way for two people to share things?  Suppose, for example, you and two friends are about to share half a gallon of "Neopolitan" ice cream (vanilla-chocolate-strawberry).  If all three of you like all three flavors equally, then you can share equally, each getting 1/3 of each flavor.

 

Suppose, though, that you like vanilla best, your friend likes only chocolate, and your other friend likes only strawberry.  Then the 1/3 of each flavor might be equal, but is it really the fairest way to share?  Wouldn't it be better if you each get the part that you like best?

 

This is one of the hottest and most exciting of new mathematical topics.  It gets more complicated, more exciting, and more mathematical, and it has applications from job assignments to divorce settlements, and new applications (and new careers at the same time) are being created every day.

 

You'll need Calc II, (though if you have a good grade in Calc I and you've also done well in several other quantitative courses like economics, finance and physics, then you should see if you can get permission from the instructor and the department chair to take the course)

 

It's going to be a great course, Mondays at 5:25.  (would have been a great course.  Cancelled for lack of enrollment)

 

Textbook will be:

Cake-Cutting Algorithms: Be Fair If You Can
by Jack Robinson and William Webb
A K Peters, LTD  1998
ISBN 1-56881-076-8

Available from Amazon.com for $38.00

Spring, 2006

Mat 110 - Great Ideas in Mathematics (link to course home page)

-02  Higgins 107 TuTh 9:30 - 10:45

Final exam - Thursday, May 18, 2pm

-03  Higgins 107 TuTh 11:00 - 12:15

Final exam - Wednesday, May 17, 2pm

Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)

  1. Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students, by Johnson, Herr & Kysh, Key Curriculum Press, ISBN 1-931914-14-1.

  2. Flatland, Edward A Abbott, Dover, ISBN 048627263X, $2

Mat 342 - 01

Higgins 110 TuTh 8:00 - 9:15

Book list: Roads to Geometry, 3rd Edition, by Edward C. Wallace and Stephen F. West, Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-041396-8

(Final Exam -Tuesday, May 16 at 11:00 am)

Mat 704 - 71

Cancelled - insufficient enrollment

Fall, 2005

 

Math 110-02 and -03: Great Ideas in Mathematics

-02: Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45,  WH 204 (Final Exam M 12/12, 2pm)

-03: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:15, WH 204 (Final Exam F 12/16, 2pm)

Math 181-71: Calculus I

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:10, Higgins 117 (Final Exam Tu 12/13, 5:30pm)

Thursdays, 5:30-7:10, White Hall 302

Math 150-01: Freshman Seminar  

Wednesdays, 3:00-3:45, Higgins 108

Spring, 2005

Elementary Applied Mathematics

Math 118-04 - HI 108 - TuTh 8:00-9:15

Math 118-05 - HI 108 - TuTh 9:30-10:45

Numerical Analysis II

Math 432-01 - HI 110 - Mon 4:00-5:30 and WH 302 - Wed 4:00-5:30*

(note - Math 432 will not meet on the first Wednesday of each month.)

Historical Development of Mathematics

Math 529-71 - HI 108 - 5:30-8:00

Fall, 2004

TuTh 9:30-10:45  Math 118 - 05 - Higgins 108

TuTh 11:00-12:15 Math 118 - 06 - Higgins 108
M 4:00-5:30 Math 431 - Higgins 110

M 4:00-5:30 Math 431 - White Hall 302

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