### 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,
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
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.

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

2. 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

3. vlorbik

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.

4. vlorbik

wow. two gravitars. i hate this. goodbye.

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Vlorbik On Math Ed ('07—'09)
(a good place to start!)