
Office Hours  click hereTeaching scheduleSpring 2009 Math 118  Elementary Applied Mathematics
Math 363  History of Mathematics
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 0521646413.
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
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(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 8:009:15, HI 110)
Final exam  Tuesday, Dec. 16, 11:001:30
Section 06 (TuTh 9:3010:45, HI 110)
Final exam  Thursday, Dec. 18, 2:004:30
Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)
Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 032133537 (Green OR Red edition) (optional)
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 11:0012:15, HI 117)
Final exam  Wednesday, December 17, 2:004:30 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)
Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 032133537
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
Paperback: 816 pages  
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (October 26, 1994)  
Language: English  
ISBN10: 002318342X  
ISBN13: 9780023183423  
Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.3 x 1.8 inches 
Students in this course will engage in close readings and indepth discussions of original sources in the history of mathematics. Readings will include work by Leonhard Euler and AugustinLouis 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)
Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 032133537
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
Book list: Contemporary Abstract Algebra, by Joseph A. Gallian
Spring 2007
Math 118  Elementary Applied Mathematics
Section 05  TuesdayThursday 9:3010:45 Higgins 202. Final exam on Thursday May 17, 2:004:30
Section 06  TuesdayThursday 11:0012:15 Higgins 202. Final exam on Wednesday, May 16, 2:004:30
Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)
Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 032133537
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.
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 0130413968
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 TuesdayThursday 9:3010:45, Higgins 107. Final exam on Thursday, December 21, 2:004:30
04 TuesdayThursday 11:0012:15, Higgins 107. Final exam on Wednesday, December 20, 2:004:30
Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)
Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students, by Johnson, Herr & Kysh, Key Curriculum Press, ISBN 1931914141.
Math 118  Elementary Applied Mathematics
Section 07  TuesdayThursday 2:003:15, Higgins 110. Final exam on Monday, December 18 11:001:30
Book list: (available at the University Bookstore)
Mathematics with Applications, 9th edition, by Lial, Hungerford and Holcomb, Addison Wesley, ISBN 032133537
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 (vanillachocolatestrawberry). 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:
CakeCutting Algorithms: Be Fair If You Canby Jack Robinson and William WebbA K Peters, LTD 1998ISBN 1568810768Available 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)
Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students, by Johnson, Herr & Kysh, Key Curriculum Press, ISBN 1931914141.
Flatland, Edward A Abbott, Dover, ISBN 048627263X, $2
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 0130413968
(Final Exam Tuesday, May 16 at 11:00 am)
Mat 704  71
Cancelled  insufficient enrollment
Fall, 2005
Math 11002 and 03: Great Ideas in Mathematics
02: Tuesday, Thursday 9:3010:45, WH 204 (Final Exam M 12/12, 2pm)
03: Tuesday, Thursday 11:0012:15, WH 204 (Final Exam F 12/16, 2pm)
Tuesdays, 5:307:10, Higgins 117 (Final Exam Tu 12/13, 5:30pm)
Thursdays, 5:307:10, White Hall 302
Wednesdays, 3:003:45, Higgins 108
Spring, 2005
Elementary Applied Mathematics
Math 11804  HI 108  TuTh 8:009:15
Math 11805  HI 108  TuTh 9:3010:45
Math 43201  HI 110  Mon 4:005:30 and WH 302  Wed 4:005:30*
(note  Math 432 will not meet on the first Wednesday of each month.)
Historical Development of Mathematics
Math 52971  HI 108  5:308:00
Fall, 2004
TuTh 9:3010:45 Math 118  05  Higgins 108
TuTh 11:0012:15 Math 118  06  Higgins 108
M 4:005:30 Math 431  Higgins 110M 4:005:30 Math 431  White Hall 302
Last update: November 9, 2008
since September 21, 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; 6 edition (January 30, 2005) Language: English (I had a choice, and picked this one) ISBN10: 0618514716 ISBN13: 9780618514717