Math 2794W - Fall 2018
Mathematics Writing Seminar

Instructor Keith Conrad
Email kconrad at math dot uconn dot edu. (When you send an email message, please identify yourself at the end.)
Office hours Mont  234; T/Th 11:00-12:00 or by appointment.


Course info
Lecture MW 5:45—6:35 PM, Mont 226
Paper Topic Chosen By: Oct. 12 at 5 PM by email
Outline Due: Oct. 29 at 5 PM by email
First Draft Due: Nov. 12 at 5 PM by email
Final Draft Due: Dec. 12 at 5 PM by email
 
LaTeX You will type in LaTeX using the website Overleaf. When using it, check your error count log and fix mistakes. An example of an error log showing 1 error is here and the description of the error from clicking the log icon here.

If you want to download LaTeX for your laptop, a good LaTeX package for PCs (using Windows) is MiKTeX version 2.9, which can be downloaded here; download and run `miktex basic installer' (it takes a while to install). In the start menu of MiKTeX 2.9 you want to look for TeXworks and use that as your TeX interface. (An introductory TeXworks website is here, explaining a bit about it.) When typsetting a document with MiKTeX 2.9 for the first time, be sure to set pdftex to pdflatex. As a front-end for MiKTeX you can use TeXnicCenter.

To install LaTeX for a Mac use MacTeX and as a front end use Texmaker.

You can draw a math symbol and see its TeX code ("deTeXify it") here.

You can ask questions about LaTeX at tex.stackexchange.

Sample .tex files (with an introduction to basic commands and a template to use for your writing) are in the Course handouts section below. Use these to learn and practice LaTeX.

JSTOR For access to past journal articles that are not freely available online, you can search on JSTOR (for this link UConn ID is needed).
Schedule The math talks from which you will select a paper topic can be found here. Other class meetings will concern issues of writing.



Course handouts

Syllabus

Writing Tips

Some LaTeX files:

Comment form in .pdf or .tex format. (The syllabus explains the purpose of this.)

Reference sheets: first, second, third, fourth

Sample papers:



Recent Announcements

9/24: See this page to view a sample Comment Form 3 in .tex code that contains mistakes similar to those made by different students in their Comment Form 3. We will discuss this in class on 9/24 after going over the remaining part of the Comment Form 2 discussed last week.

9/17: See this page to view a sample Comment Form 2 in .tex code that contains mistakes similar to those made by different students in their Comment Form 2. We will discuss this in class on 9/17.

9/10: Second typesetting assignment. Type the mathematical text in this .pdf file on Overleaf, and add the instructor as a co-author to be able to view it, by Sept. 15th at noon. Proofread the output of your file! Try as much as possible to make your output match what is in this .pdf file. Please look through the Introduction to LaTeX .tex and .pdf files (first LaTeX file link above) and John Pawlina's LaTeX file to learn how to typeset things that are not discussed in class. You can also email the instructor if you have questions.

8/29: First typesetting assignment. Type the mathematical text in this .pdf file on Overleaf, and add the instructor as a co-author to be able to view it, by Sept. 8th at noon. Proofread the output of your file! Try as much as possible to make your output match what is in this .pdf file. Please look through the Introduction to LaTeX .tex and .pdf files (first LaTeX file link above) and John Pawlina's LaTeX file to learn how to typeset things that are not discussed in class. You can also email the instructor if you have questions.

8/27: By the next class, finish finding errors in the sentences of the first proofreading assignment, join Overleaf, and bring a laptop to that class (if you have one).

8/27: Semester begins!


Prerequisites: Either Math 2144 or one of Math 2110 (or 2130 or 2143) and one of Math 2210, 2410, or 2420. ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800.

Course grade:  See the syllabus.

Course conduct: To respect everyone's right to a productive learning environment, please refrain from disruptive activities during class. This includes reading newspapers or magazines, and using smartphones. If your phone receives a message, you can check it after class. Please turn off all other electronic gadgets before entering the classroom. On a positive note, do feel free to ask questions!

Academic integrity: Students are expected to avoid academic misconduct. Your integrity is not worth losing (and the course not worth failing) by falsely presenting yourself in any aspect of this course. For further information on academic integrity, see Appendix A of the Student Code.



Due Week of Homework Assignment
1. Aug. 26
2. Sept. 2
Comment form 1 (as .pdf) and first draft of first typesetting assignment (on Overleaf) by noon on 9/8.
3. Sept. 9 Comment form 2 (as .pdf) and final draft of first typesetting assignment (on Overleaf) by noon on 9/15.
4. Sept. 16
Comment form 3 (as .pdf) and first draft of second typesetting assignment (on Overleaf) by noon on 9/22.
5. Sept. 23
Edit before class on 9/24 the second part of comment form 2 in the 9/17 Recent Announcement. Submit comment form 4 (as .pdf) and final draft of second typesetting assignment (on Overleaf) by noon on 9/29.
6. Sept. 30
Comment form 5 (as .pdf) and TBA by noon on 10/6.
7. Oct. 7
Comment form 6 (as .pdf) and TBA by noon on 10/13.
8. Oct. 14
9. Oct. 21

10. Oct. 28
11. Nov. 4

12. Nov. 11
13. Nov. 18
(Thanksgiving break).
14. Nov. 25
15. Dec. 2

Credit: I respectfully stole the code for much of this page from Glenn Tesler. Thanks, Glenn!