matthias beck

professor of mathematics
kumi does math
san francisco state university

MATH 729

Communicating Mathematics

Spring 2019

Time MW 5:00-6:15
Room TH 210
Instructor Dr. Matthias Beck
Office Thornton Hall 933
Office hours Mondays 3-4, Wednesdays 1-2, and by appointment
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Course objectives. Communicating research-level mathematics/mathematics education in both written and oral form is a skill that enhances a mathematician's career greatly. MATH 729 is designed to help graduate students to develop this skill through practice. The objectives of MATH 729 include:

Good mathematics/mathematics education requires good writing, and writing is difficult. In this course, you will get a lot of practice writing.

Textbooks. There is no official text book for MATH 729, though there are many good resources which you should use, e.g.:

Assignments. Every student in the course will complete the following five main assignments:

Regarding the last two assignments, every student will produce first drafts of both an expository paper and a Wikipedia page and then decide which one they will continue to work on for the remainder of the semester. Students will also peer review each others' writing. The writing assignments can be submitted either as a printout in class or as a pdf file emailed before class. The iLearn site for Math 729 contains a few TeX templates and tricks.

Here is a tentative schedule for the assignments:

We will schedule the oral presentations throughout the semester. An abstract of your talk will be due a week before your presentation.

Grading system.

Oral presentation 15%
Poster 15%
Grant proposal 15%
Peer reviews 15%
Expository paper/Wikipedia page 25%
Wikipedia page/Expository paper (1st draft) 15%

I want to ensure that each of you accomplishes the goals of this course as comfortably and successfully as possible. At any time you feel overwhelmed or lost, please come and talk with me.

Fine print.
SFSU academic calender
BS rule
Academic integrity and plagiarism
CR/NCR grading
Incomplete grades
Late and retroactive withdrawals
Student disclosures of sexual violence
Students with disabilities
Religious holidays

This syllabus is subject to change. All assignments, as well as other announcements on tests, policies, etc., are given in class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what's going on. I will try to keep this course web page as updated as possible, however, the most recent information will always be given in class. Always ask lots of questions in class; my courses are interactive. You are always encouraged to see me in my office.

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