Ma 011:  Mathematical Writing (Spring 2016-17)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration for Spring term opens Thursday, February 23, 2016.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to satisfy the Caltech core writing requirement. Students are to write a professional-looking mathematical paper (perhaps 10 pages) with the help of a faculty mentor and the advice of the instructor (me). There will be several rounds of comments and revision. The paper must have high mathematical content, and it must be technical; that is, it must include definitions, equations, and theorems. It may be a research paper or an expository one at a level understandable by undergraduates. Papers are to be in the style of a journal article, with title page, section headings, theorems properly formatted, some displayed and numbered equations, and references. It is expected that students will use the TeX (or LaTeX) typesetting program. Students are asked to email documents as PDF or LaTeX files.


PREREQUISITES

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SCHEDULE

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INSTRUCTORS

Tom Graber
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS
362 Sloan
626-395-4359


TA's

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OFFICE HOURS

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POLICIES

Grades

Grades will be based upon the written paper. Tardiness will be taken into account. Mentors may be faculty and postdoctoral fellows in mathematics, applied mathematics, or related fields. It is the student's responsibility to find a mentor, but the instructor is willing to discuss possibilities. (Mentors are optional.)


RESOURCES

Here is a long document about technical writing from a course at Stanford.  The first (very short) section is especially recommended for basic tips as well as common mistakes to avoid.

This webpage contains many, many resources about the writing of mathematics.  Let me know which, if any, you like and would recommend to others.


TEXTBOOKS

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HOMEWORK

Due Date Homework Solutions
April 13 E- mail me a proposed topic and description (a paragraph or two about what you will do). Any format is fine. If you propose to work on editing/refining a formerly written manuscript (of which you are the sole author), send me a copy at this time.  
April 27 Abstract, partial Intro, some section titles, theorem statements, references. Around 2 pages, in LaTex.  
May 11 Partial draft -- around 5 pages.  
May 25 Complete draft -- around 10 pages  
June 2 Final paper  
     
     
     

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