... reductio ad absurdum ... is one of a mathematician's finest weapons. It is a far finer gambit than any chess gambit: a chess player may offer the sacrifice of a pawn or even a piece, but the mathematician offers the game. — Godfrey H. Hardy (1877 - 1947)
Although I'm now retired, some students and former students may still find some of this information useful.
I lead a non-mathematical course this fall for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Waterbury Campus.
The course was The Arab-Israeli Conflict Part II: Cutting Through the Myths and Misinformation and Negotiating a Solution.
The course description was:
For more than six decades, the Arab-Israeli conflict has been given an enormous amount of attention by the world and attracts a disproportionate amount of coverage in the media. Much of the dialog is driven by a lack of understanding of basic issues and misleading terminology. We will examine commonly-held myths, including false information propagated by figures as prominent as a former president of the U.S., and negotiating teams will attempt to come up with a reasonable agreement ending the Palestinian Arab-Israeli portion of the conflict.
This course was partially a follow-up to The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Cutting Through the Myths & Misinformation which met in the spring, but may be taken without having taken the spring course, which had the description:
The Arab-Israeli conflict has for more than six decades been given an enormous amount of attention by the world and attracts a disproportionate amount of coverage in the media. Much of the dialog is driven by a lack of understanding of basic issues and misleading terminology. The course will review the history, missed opportunities and commonly held myths, including false information propagated by figures as prominent as a former president of the United States. We will examine the current situation and discuss remedies which might eventually lead to a resolution of the conflict.
General Policies — These are policies
which applied to students in all my classes. Students were expected to be
familiar with these policies.
Student Information Form — This form
should be filled out by all students registered in any of my classes. This
form includes an entry for each student's email address. All students are expected to have and use an email address and subscribe to their class' electronic mailing list. Students who complete the form at the beginning of the semester will earn extra credit while students who do not
fill out the form within the first ten days of the semester will be
penalized. Specific details are included with the
- Academic Integrity
- A fundamental tenet of all educational institutions is academic honesty; academic work depends upon respect for and acknowledgement of the research and ideas of others. Misrepresenting someone else's work as one's own is a serious offense in any academic setting and it will not be condoned.
Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation (e.g. papers, projects, and examinations); any attempt to influence improperly (e.g. bribery, threats) any member of the faculty, staff, or administration of the University in any matter pertaining to academics or research; presenting, as one's own, the ideas or words of another for academic evaluation; doing unauthorized academic work for which another person will receive credit or be evaluated; and presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the instructors involved.
A student who knowingly assists another student in committing an act of academic misconduct shall be equally accountable for the violation, and shall be subject to the sanctions and other remedies described in The Student Code.
- HuskyCT is the course management software used at UConn. It has a variety of tools used by different instructors. In my classes, I use it as a way to inform students of their grades in a confidential manner. Exam and other grades are posted to HuskyCT in an expeditious manner. Students need their UConn NetID and Password to access their HuskyCT accounts.
- The Wonderful World of Binomial Coefficients and Probability
- Slides from a presentation given February 1, 2006
Notes for Students — A growing collection of
notes to help students with specific topics.
- Obvious But Underappreciated Truths — A collection of observations relating primarily to exams, quizzes, problem sets and other assignments which are generally obvious to most but often underappreciated.
- Frequently Asked Questions — A collection of questions frequently asked by students along with the standard answer I usually give.
- Ready to Learn: What Makes a Great Student — The chair of the Journalism Department at Southern Connecticut State University gives his answer to the question "What attributes would we use to describe the ideal student?"
- Course Feedback and Suggestion Box —
I'm always interested in learning what I can do to improve my courses and
make them more interesting. If you have any comments you feel may help, or
any suggestions, please fill out this
form, which may be done anonymously if you prefer.
Mailing List Removal — Instructions for removing yourself from a course mailing list after the end of the semester.
Information for Advisees
— Advisees should check here for information about coming in for registration assistance.
- CLAS 2007-2008 Student Workbook — Prepared by the CLAS Academic Services Center
Waterbury Campus Academic Advising Information
The following items are of interest for all students taking or planning to
take mathematics courses:
Other Information Regarding Courses I've Taught Recently
New Numbering System
The Old Number is Included in Parentheses
Old Numbering System
The information on the above courses is based on the last time I taught
each of them but students may find it helpful in terms of getting an idea
of what is involved in each course. Other information about most
mathematics courses, including syllabi used by other instructors, is
available at the Mathematics Department
Students planning their schedules will also find the UCONN/WATERBURY
MATHEMATICS COURSE GUIDE invaluable as a way to learn about the
different mathematics courses offered at the Waterbury Campus.
Students who are unable to complete their assignments on time might wish to compare their reasons with the Top Ten Excuses for Not Doing Math Homework.
Other Resources for Students
These web sites have been recommended by various students as offering help in mathematics. The inclusion of any site does not imply any endorsement and many of them are flawed, but some students may find some of them useful.
- This site bills itself as "a collection of tools created to assist students and teachers of algebra."