### somebody up there likes me

my three top course requests

were offered to me a couple

hours ago. sure, i’d rather

be the lecturer for any *one*

of ’em than grade for all three.

but i look to learn a lot of math

and get paid doing it, so what

the heck.

when i took the course as a student,

brown-and-churchill was in about its

3rd edition (and didn’t cost two hundred

american dollars as it now appears to do;

the copy you see here belongs to the

math department of course). the beat-

-up old doorstop (_probability_) i’ve

never seen before. i didn’t even know

springer *made* such things. shame.

i’ll draw on some of the much-more-than-

-ample whitespace… but that won’t

excuse it. awake, awake, U.S.~ignobility.

solomon’s lecture-note packet promises

to be outstanding. i’ve worked with the

second-semester chapters (in a separate

in-house packet) and was way impressed.

also it doesn’t break anybody’s budget

that might want to actually, you know,

*own* the doggone thing.

getting back to work.

January 14, 2015 at 3:46 pm

testing testing

https://www.facebook.com/owen.thomas.3110567/allactivity?pnref=story

January 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

http://www.andrewt.net/blog/posts/carnival-of-mathematics-118

carny 118. wow.

https://vlorbik.wordpress.com/2007/08/08/carnival-of-mathematics-xiv/

January 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Giddy looks good on you my friend. Happy for you.

January 21, 2015 at 7:12 am

https://math.osu.edu/courses/4580

Topics List:

1. Basic properties of the integers: division algorithm and Euclid’s lemma

2. Basic properties of the rational numbers: fractions and decimals

3. Fermat’s Little Theorem and the Euler –function

4. Review and Midterm 1

5. Basic properties of polynomials: division algorithm and Euclid’s lemma

6. Complex numbers and polynomials of small degree

7. The cubic and quartic equations revisited

8. Cyclotomic polynomials

9. Review and Midterm 2

10. Isometries: Rotations, reflections, and translations

11. Congruence in geometry, and the definition of a group

12. Symmetry groups and dihedral groups

13. Constructible numbers

14. The Method of Monsieur Gauss

January 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

https://people.math.osu.edu/kurt.9/Sp15_4530/Syllabus4530.pdf

https://people.math.osu.edu/kurt.9/Sp15_4530/hw1.pdf

disregard the point counts; 20 points total

January 28, 2015 at 2:04 pm

https://people.math.osu.edu/broaddus.9/4552/

four problems from each @ 2.5 each

February 3, 2015 at 1:40 am

so far so good i guess. i haven’t read math like this since the Eighties. now that i know almost for certain that nobody else will ever know or care about what little i’ve learned so far. mostly despair. but, yeah, why lie. some *other* thing, too. a growing sense of “i can *do* this”. i can sit there by the half-hour reading this stuff like it was english lit. not that it’ll ever do me or anybody else any good.

February 3, 2015 at 1:41 am

wow. two gravitars. i hate this. goodbye.

April 30, 2015 at 7:23 am

http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/teaching/math19b_2011/exams/final_2010a.pdf

http://www.math.binghamton.edu/dikran/447/solf.pdf

http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~partha/stat20SU07/Solution_final_SU07.pdf

http://faculty.uml.edu/jpropp/courses/431/sols3.pdf

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-041sc-probabilistic-systems-analysis-and-applied-probability-fall-2013/final-exam/MIT6_041SCF13_finl_s09_sol.pdf

http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~hildebr/408/finalsol.pdf

http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~hildebr/tex/examples/exams/finalsol.pdf

http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~dburns/f04fxs.pdf