Math 396
Communications in Math
Fall 2012
 Course description

This onecredit course covers oral, written, and electronic communication of
mathematics.
 Course objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to

give an effective oral mathematical presentation;

write a persuasive exposition of a mathematical topic; and

demonstrate how to communicate mathematics on the internet.
 Textbook

There is no required textbook.
 Prerequisites

The official prerequisites for this course are Math 220 (Foundations of Mathematics), junior or senior classification, and a mathematics major.
 Venue

The course meets 10:20–11:10 on Wednesdays in room 122 of the Blocker building.
 Exams and grades

There are no examinations in this course; in particular, there is no
final examination.
Grades will be based on the following ten items, each worth ten points (for a total of 100 points):
 preparation of a résumé;
 preparation of a sample LaTeX document;
 mock job interview;
 first draft of a technical paper;
 final draft of a technical paper;
 slides for oral presentation of the
technical paper;
 oral presentation of the technical paper;
 first draft of a short expository paper;
 final draft of a short expository paper;
 class participation.
Course letter
grades are based on the standard scale (60% is passing, 70% or higher earns a C, 80% or higher earns a B, 90% or higher earns an A).
 Course schedule
 Due dates of assignments are available.
 Course website

http://www.math.tamu.edu/~boas/courses/3962012c/
 Office hours

During the Fall 2012 semester, my office hour in Milner 202 is 2:00–3:00 in the afternoon on Monday and Wednesday; I am available also by appointment. The best way to contact me is via email to boas@tamu.edu. Telephone messages can be left at the Milner office of the Department of Mathematics, 9798457554.