T 4:30 - 5:20p Welles 121
Office Hours: Monday 3:30 - 4:30p South 328,
Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00p South 336, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:20a South 328,
Thursday 4:00 - 5:00p Welles 121, Friday 1:00 - 2:00p South 338, and
by appointment or visit.
Email Address: Johannes@Geneseo.edu
The class will begin with students sharing their
interests in mathematics and motivations for becoming mathematics
majors. Through various faculty visits and departmental colloquia, students will
be introduced to a wide range of topics and problems in
mathematics. The class will culminate with detailed
student presentations of interesting mathematics problems.
Aside from all that, we will begin each class by discussing any
thoughts and reactions to your first-year experiences at
Upon successful completion students will be able
- Describe several areas of mathematics beyond calculus,
- Recognize several members of the mathematics department at
- Express their interest in mathematics, and
- Write precisely about mathematics.
Your grade in this course will be
based upon your performance on various aspects. The weight
assigned to each is designated below:
Since most of the class is discussion, the class
will only truly be helpful if you are here and participating.
If you are present for a discussion you will receive one
participation point that day. If you also participate to the
class as a whole (answer a question, ask an insightful question, or
offer important relevant commentary) you will receive two
participation points for that day. Present each day and never
speaking in class will earn 80%. Speaking every other day will
earn 95%. Scores between will be scaled linearly.
We will occasionally have conversations about the
ways to seek support outside of class-time to develop your strengths
in your mathematics major. You will receive credit based on
whether you are taking advantage of the opportunities to further
your dedication to and understanding of mathematics.
You will give two evaluated presentations during this
course. The first will be at least three minutes long, will
include notes, and will describe what led you to becoming a
mathematics major. Your second presentation will be about some
mathematics not taught in your high school or college classes that
you find interesting. Your second presentation must be six to
eight minutes long.
After attending a mathematics department colloquium
or faculty visit (or other approved mathematics presentation) you
may write a report. You are required to write two (2) reports for
the course. In your report, please explain the main point of
the presentation and include a discussion of how this presentation
affected your views on mathematics.
A – Well written, answers
the questions, and is interesting and insightful
B – Well written and
answers the questions
C – Well written or
answers the questions (convinces the reader that you were there)
D – attempted
Papers are due the week after the presentation. I will gladly
comment on papers before they are due.
Occasionally you will be given anonymous feedback
forms. Please use them to share any thoughts or concerns for
how the course is running. Remember, the sooner you tell me
your concerns, the more I can do about them. I have also
created a web-site
accepts anonymous comments. If we have not yet discussed
this in class, please encourage me to create a class code.
This site may also be accessed via our
course page on a link entitled anonymous
feedback. Of course, you are always welcome to approach
me outside of class to discuss any issues as well.
SUNY Geneseo is dedicated to providing an
equitable and inclusive educational experience for all students. The
Office of Accessibility will coordinate accommodations, auxiliary
aids, and/or services designed to ensure full participation and
equal access to all academic programs, activities, and services at
SUNY Geneseo. Students with letters of accommodation should submit a
letter and discuss needs at the beginning of the semester. Please
contact the Office of Accessibility Services for questions related
to access and accommodations. Erwin Hall 22 (585) 245-5112 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is my policy to give students who miss class
because of observance of religious holidays the opportunity to make
up missed work. You are responsible for notifying me no later
than September 12 of plans to observe the holiday.
Federal and New York State law requires
institutions of higher education to provide an excused leave of
absence from classes without penalty to students enrolled in the
National Guard or armed forces reserves who are called to active
duty. If you are called to active military duty and need to miss
classes, please let me know and consult as soon as possible with the
Dean of Students.
Tentative Schedule to be modified as we make plans for visitors
September 6 Introductory
September 13 Rest of introductory
September 20 Lisa Smith
September 27 First support
Savi Iyer and More
October 18 Jenna
October 25 Major
November 1 Chi-Ming Tang and
November 8 Doug Baldwin
November 15 Secondary Program with Erin Harris and
November 22 Dawn Aguilar
November 29 Research Opportunities with Sedar
December 6 Final Presentations
Friday, December 16 3:30 - 6:30p Final Presentations