Math 444 - 201, Term 2 2014
Mathematical Research and Writing
Announcements will be posted from time to time. Please check
- All submissions, with the exception of Homework 1 and Homework 2,
will be typeset - and from week 4 onwards in LaTeX.
- Links to Writelatex.com, Detexify,
and a free online LaTeX manual.
The links to Writelatex, Detexify and the online LaTeX manual are at
the bottom of the page under handouts too.
Lecturer: S. van Willigenburg,
office: Math 208, tel: 822-2630, email: steph at math splotch ubc
Location: TuTh 9.30-11.00 MATX 1118
Web page: http://www.math.ubc.ca/~steph/444/444.html
Office hours: Mon 10-11am, Thur 4-5pm, 15 mins just after class, and by
Wednesday). You can also email me anytime.
This is for students who would like an introduction to mathematical
research, and are interested in exploring mathematics constructively.
It is suitable for students who would like
to further develop their critical thinking skills independently. In
addition presentation skills and ability to professionally typeset
mathematics will be developed.
Your grade will be based on
Due to the intense workload of the course no extensions will be given,
and late submissions will be subject to a 50% per day penalty.
- Class participation and peer feedback (5%)
- Homework (10%)
- Research journal (10%)
- Presentations (25%)
- Project (50%).
Working together and academic integrity
Homework: We have no objection to collaboration on the homework,
that it is done in a way that maximizes the benefit of the homework to
all people involved. It is our experience that you
- maximum benefit from a homework problem if you work hard on it
before combining your ideas with someone else's,
Regardless of whether you arrive at solutions in collaboration with
others or alone, the paper
that you turn in with your name on it should represent your own
written in your own words.
- no benefit from one person just telling another how to do a
In particular, you may not simply copy someone else's homework
turn it in as your own. Similarly, copying solutions that you
might find on
the web or from some other source is illegal.
These will all be treated as a violation of UBC's
Integrity Code. We take academic
very seriously and will follow university procedures in all cases of
cheating - disciplinary
measures can result in expulsion.
Use of cell phones (in any manner), laptops, smartphones, tablets
and other electronic devices during class is highly inappropriate, as
it is distracting and disrespectful to fellow students and the
instructor. Chatting with neighbours, even when whispered, is equally
inappropriate. If you have a question then please ask the instructor so
the whole class may benefit too.
Arriving late and leaving early is also discouraged. If it happens then
please enter/leave the room silently and do not disrupt the other
students or instructor. Thank you.
Homework (due Thursday at start of class)
There will be weekly homework
assignments due on Thursdays, which will augment the techniques learned
in class or give an opportunity to explore mathematical research
Homework solutions should be written using good English, complete
sentences, and adequate detail. Questions should be answered in order,
and pages should be fastened with a staple with your name and student
number on at least the front page.
1, due Thursday January 15th.
2, due Thursday January 22nd.
Solutions will be handed out when the homework is returned, if
Research Journal (due Friday 12pm electronically)
You will email a weekly written account of your research to
This document will describe
- What you did
- Why you did it
- What obstacles you encountered, and your research plan for the
You will update the class on your progress throughout the term.
- Week of February 9 Project introduction (5 marks):
You will motivate your project and explain what you will be
- Week of March 2 Project update 1 (5 marks): You
will teach the class definitions illustrated by examples, which are
necessary for your research.
- Week of March 16 Project update 2 (5 marks): You
will describe successes and failures during your research, and further
- Week starting March 23 FINAL PRESENTATIONS (10 marks):
You will give a lecture in which you will
- Recall some motivation for your project.
- Introduce relevant definitions and give examples so that you
- State and prove at least one theorem from your project.
Here are some more study materials I found to help, or might be
Resources on learning
Resources on writing
Resources on Latex
Other useful links