Math 444 - 201, 2017WT2, Jan-Apr 2018
Mathematical Research and Writing
Announcements will be posted from time to time. Please check
- All submissions will be typeset in *12 pt font* - and from
Week 4 onwards in LaTeX.
- Links to Overleaf,
Detexify and a free online LaTeX manual. The
links to Overleaf, 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 splotch ca
Location: TuTh 9.30-11.00 MATH 102
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 appointment (not 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
- Class participation and peer feedback (5%)
- Homework (10%)
- Research journal (10%)
- Presentations (30%)
- Project (45%).
Working together and academic integrity
Homework: We have no objection to collaboration on the homework,
provided that it is done in a way that maximizes the benefit of the
homework to all people involved. It is our experience that you get
- maximum benefit from a homework problem if you work hard on it
alone 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 solutions, 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
and turn it in as your own. Similarly, copying solutions
that you might find on the web or from some other source is
These will all be treated as a violation of UBC's Academic
Code. We take academic integrity very seriously and
will follow university procedures in all cases of suspected
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 further.
Homework solutions should be typed up 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 11th.
2, due Thursday January 18th.
3, due Thursday January 25th.
4, due Thursday February 1st.
5, due Thursday February 8th.
Solutions will be handed out when the homework is returned, if
Research Journal (due Friday 11.59am electronically)
You will email a weekly 1-2 page written account of your research to
Label the file preferredname_surnameinitial_Journalx.pdf.
This document will have 3 sections with the following
- 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. More
details are here.
- Week starting February 26 Project introduction (10
marks): You will motivate your project and explain what you will
be investigating. Plus teach the class definitions illustrated
by examples, which are necessary for your research.
- Week starting March 12 Project presentation (20
marks): You will give a lecture covering the points below.
- Briefly recall some motivation for your project.
- Give relevant definitions and examples so that you can do
- State and prove at least one theorem from your project.
sheet and list of potential
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