Math/CS 299/399 Colloquium in Mathematics & Computer Science I & II Fall 2020 

Course Schedule

August
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First day of classes Module A
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Math/CS Colloquium: Adam Kucharski
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Last day to Drop and/or Add a course for Module A
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Week 1
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Intro Essay
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September
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Review 1

Math/CS Colloquium: Lauren Ancel Meyers
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299: Draft Resume
399: Draft Statement of Purpose
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Week 2
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Review 2
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Math/CS Colloquium: Mark Ledwich
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299: Final Resume
399: Final Statement of Purpose
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Week 3
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Review 3
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Math/CS Colloquium: David Sumpter
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299: Paper Topic
399: Talk Topic

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Week 4
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Last day to Withdraw from a course in Module A
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Review 4
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Math/CS Colloquium: Susan Dumais
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Review 5
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October
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Math/CS Colloquium: Grant Sanderson
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399: Talk Title and Abstract
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Review 6
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Math/CS Colloquium: Jordan Ellenberg
Last day of classes Module A
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Final Exams
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Final Exams
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399: Presentation (9:00 - 11:00 am)
299: Paper (9:00 am)

Final Exams
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Review 7

First day of classes Module B
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Week 9
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Advising
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Advising
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Week 10

 

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Election day
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Final Exams
     

 

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Course Syllabus

Professor
Name
and
Title
Dr. David A. Reimann, Professor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan
Office 252 Putnam
Student Meetings I am teaching online this semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will rarely be on campus. In addition to weekly meetings, I encourage you to email me and coordinate a video conference if you have questions. I encourage you to use google calendar to send me a meeting request. You can also email and I will respond as soon as I can.
E-mail dreimann@albion.edu
Website http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/
Phone 517-629-0426 (Office)
517-629-0361 (Secretary)
Course
Course Math/CS 299/399
Course Name Colloquium in Mathematics & Computer Science I & II
Sections CS 299 (Section 1; CRN: 4204)
CS 399 (Section 1; CRN: 4206)
Math 299 (Section 1; CRN: 4221)
Math 399 (Section 1; CRN: 4222)
Credit 1/4 Unit
Catalog
Descriptions
Math/CS 299: Selected topics in mathematics and computer science as presented by students, departmental faculty and visiting speakers. Requirements include written summaries of each presentation and a paper on a mathematics/computer science topic of personal interest.

Math/CS 399: Selected topics in mathematics and computer science as presented by students, departmental faculty and visiting speakers. Requirements include written summaries of each presentation, a departmental major assessment examination, and an oral presentation on a mathematics/computer science topic of personal interest.
Course Objectives The main goal of this course is to increase your engagement in the discipline. As a mathematics or computer science major or minor, you have only a limited number of courses and professors at Albion. This course is designed to broaden your horizons and learn more about mathematics and computer science topics. Another goal of our colloquium courses is to help develop your ability to communicate effectively. You will also learn more about a topic of interest to you.
Meetings Each week a speaker (possibly more than one) will give a talk on a mathematics and/or computer science topic. Because of the ongoing pandemic, none of the speakers will visit campus and all talks will be prerecorded.
Prerequisites Math/CS 299: Math 143 or CS 173.
Math/CS 399: Math/CS 299 and senior standing.
Since Math 299 and CS 299 are cross listed courses, the 299 course may not be taken again under the other designator. Likewise, because Math 399 and CS 399 are cross listed courses, the 399 course may not be taken again under the other designator.
Meeting Times
and Locations
This class will not have any formal meeting times. I will post videos, communicative via email, and we will have weekly one-on-one video conferences.
Website http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/Fall2020/courses/math-cs-299-399/
Schedule http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/Fall2020/courses/math-cs-299-399/schedule.php
List of Speakers http://mathcs.albion.edu/Colloquium_List.php
Resources
Required Books None.
Online Resources
  • LateX Wikibook.
  • The (Not So) Short Introduction to LaTeX2e
  • How to use BibTeX
  • Software We will be using LaTeX and BibTeX for document preparation. This a free system available in for a variety of platforms. I strongly encourage you to use Overleaf, which is an online platform. Not only will you have access to you files everywhere, you can share them with me. See Get LaTeX for other LaTeX options.
    Student Learning Outcomes

    Math 299 and CS 299

    After successful completion of 299, students will be able to

    1. Perform a self-assessment of their technical skills, professional interests, and career aspirations
    2. Develop a road-map for their career goals based on in-depth understanding of professional opportunities in the mathematical sciences
    3. Increase their appreciation for the wide range of applications of the mathematical sciences
    4. Effectively communicate basic disciplinary (mathematics or computer science) concepts in writing using LaTeX and bibliographic information using BibTeX
    5. Develop their critical listening skills, including: obtaining, processing, evaluating, synthesizing, summarizing, and contextualizing information delivered in an academic presentation
    6. Effectively use research resources such as journals and electronic databases in the mathematical sciences
    Math 399 and CS 399

    The 399 course naturally builds on 299 and other courses students have taken during their academic career. After successful completion of 399, students will be able to

    1. Perform a self-assessment of their technical skills, professional interests, and career aspirations
    2. Articulate their appreciation for the wide range of applications of the mathematical sciences
    3. Refine a road-map for their career goals based on in-depth understanding of professional opportunities in the mathematical sciences
    4. Effectively communicate advanced (mathematics or computer science) concepts in writing using LaTeX and bibliographic information using BibTeX
    5. Effectively communicate disciplinary (mathematics or computer science) concepts verbally to a group of peers in a public forum
    6. Effectively communicate advanced disciplinary (mathematics or computer science) concepts on presentation slides using LaTeX
    7. Increase their critical listening skills, including: obtaining, processing, evaluating, synthesizing, summarizing, and contextualizing information delivered in an academic presentation
    8. Increase their knowledge and usage of research resources such as journals and electronic databases in the mathematical sciences
    Performance Evaluation

    This class is only offered Credit/No Credit. You must earn 200 points to earn credit for this course, with at least 75 points from Speaker Reviews (including a possible Speaker Introduction), 20 points from the Resume (299) OR Statement of Purpose (399) assignment, and 60 points from the Paper (299) OR Talk (399) assignment. In addition, students enrolled in 399 must complete a department assessment.

    Grade Element Possible Points Due
    Intro Essay 15 Hardcopy essays will be due at the next beginning of class on during the third week.
    Speaker Reviews 105
    (7 @ 15 points each)
    Hardcopy summaries will be due five days after the talk.
    299: Resume, OR
    399: Statement of Purpose
    30 Draft: Second week of classes
    Final: Second week of academic advising
    Extra Credit:On-line Profile and Resume 15 points (Optional) Last day of classes
    Extra Credit: Bring a friend 2 points each week(Optional)  
    299: Paper, OR
    399: Talk
    100 Topics: Week 3
    299 Papers: Finals week
    399 Title and Abstracts: Week 6
    399 Talks: Final exam meeting period
    399: Assessment Required Finals week
    Total Possible Points 250+  
     

    Unless otherwise indicated, all assignments must be completed using TeX or LaTeX.

    No credit will be given for assignments submitted after the due date except in the cases of an official College event or documented serious circumstance beyond your control. In situations of a documented serious circumstance beyond your control, please contact me as soon as possible.

    Attendance

    The following is the Albion College statement on attendance: "Regular attendance in all classes is expected. Every absence from class is inevitably a loss — usually one which can never be made up. A student has the responsibility to inform his or her faculty member, whenever possible in advance, of an absence due to serious or prolonged illness, and verification of absences due to emergency reasons, may be obtained from the Office of Residential Life."

    In this course class absences are only excusable in documented extreme cases of unforeseen hardship or official College event, as described in the Student Handbook. Please notify me in writing (email is preferred) prior to official college events (sporting, class trips, etc.) that make it impossible for you to attend class. If you miss class because of participation in an official College event you must make prior arrangements with me. In extreme cases of unforeseen hardship, please contact me as soon as possible. In either case, you are still responsible for all material and assignments.

    In cases where you have not taken personal responsibility, you will forfeit the possibillity of earning points. No credit will be given for a missed test or other scheduled in-class assignment, nor will late assignments be accepted.

    It is my expectation that you will contact me to review missed coursework and arrange a timeline and plan for completing that work. In the case that you are not able to make up missed coursework by the end of the semester, we will need to consider options that may include a withdrawal or incomplete for the semester.

    I will do what I can to work with students to facilitate their successful completion of the course. I encourage you to contact me if you have questions or concerns. The Office of Student Development is also available for assistance regarding extended absences.

    Academic Integrity and Expectations

    As an academic community, Albion College is firmly committed to honor and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge. Therefore, as a member of this academic community, each student acknowledges responsibility for his or her actions and commits to the highest standards of integrity. In doing so, each student makes a covenant with the college not to engage in any form of academic dishonesty, fraud, cheating, or theft.

    The goal of this course is for you to learn a rigorous academic discipline, not penmanship, typing, or other forms of plagiarism. Chapter III of the Student Handbook details instances and penalties for academic dishonesty. It also describes acceptable usage of the campus computing/networking facilities. In this class you are expected to do your own work unless explicitly stated.

    Here are some things which will be considered cheating:

    • Using or turning in another's work as you own - with or without their permission.
    • Allowing someone else to use or turn in your work as theirs - in whole or in part.
    • Joint effort on an assignment with individual submissions represented as individual work.
    • If a student cannot explain why the solution is correct or how the solution was obtained.
    Here are some things which are encouraged:
    • A submission using help from the instructor, student assistants, or the texts.
    • Discussion of the concepts related to the course material.
    • Discussion of assignments to understand what is required.

    Typically, I grade papers one problem at a time. If you turn in someone else's work as you own, it really stands out. Please do your own work! If you are having trouble on an assignment come see me as soon as possible - I'm here to help!

    We, as students and faculty, have the privilege and challenge of promoting higher standards of ourselves, the College, and society in general. Here are several expectations we should have this semester.

    What you should expect of me. What I expect from you.
    To attend class regularly and punctually and to adhere to the class schedule. To attend class regularly and punctually.
    Come to class prepared. Come to class prepared.
    Grade and return work in a reasonable amount of time. Fulfill all course assignments and requirements.
    Know course material thoroughly and prepare and present it conscientiously. Uphold academic honesty in all activities.
    Maintain scholarly, professional, and courteous demeanor in class. Maintain scholarly, professional, and courteous demeanor in class.
    Be available at reasonable times for consultation. Keep all appointments except for extreme cases.

    Communication is essential in any relationship. Our student-teacher relationship is no exception. If you have any concerns with the class material or logistics, please talk to me as soon as possible.

    Academic Support

    Accommodations statement: Any student with a disability who believes the requirements of this course may require accommodations or modifications should contact the Learning Support Center (LSC) Director, Dr. Pamela Schwartz, who will work with you to develop a plan for reasonable accommodations based on your information and supporting documentation. If you have completed this process and have requested accommodations through the LSC for this semester, plan to meet with me as early as possible to discuss a plan for implementing these modifications in this class. It is best if we can talk at least one week prior to their implementation. The LSC is located in 114 Ferguson Hall (on the first floor of the administration building) and is open during regular business hours throughout the school year. The main phone is 517/629-0825, and the number for the Adaptive Technology Office is 517/629-0411.

    Staff in the Cutler Center provide supplemental peer tutoring (math, science, economics, and more), writing assistance, fellowship advising, disability accommodations, academic coaching, supplemental advising, and emergency financial support. To connect with the Cutler Center, please email cutler@albion.edu or call Martha Palmer at 517-629-0562 and she can get you to the right person.


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