Math 396
Communications in Math
Spring 2013
 Course description

This onecredit “C” 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 prerequisites for this course are Math 220 (Foundations of
Mathematics), junior or senior classification, and classification as
a mathematics major.
 Meeting time and place

The course meets 11:30–12:20 on Wednesdays in room 123 of the Blocker building.
 Exams and grades

There are no examinations in this course; in particular, there is no
final examination.
Grades are based on the following items (100 points total).
 Reflective essay in LaTeX (approximately 300 words); 10 points.
 Mock job interview (includes preparing a résumé); 10 points.
 Technical paper in LaTeX (approximately 2000 words); 30 points.
 Oral presentation of the technical paper (includes preparing
slides); 20 points.
 Expository paper in LaTeX (approximately 800 words); 20 points.
 Class participation; 10 points.
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/3962013a/
 Office hours

During the Spring 2013 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.