Albion College

Math/CS 299/399

Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science I & II

Spring 2021

Course Schedule

January

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Course Introductions
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Last day to Drop and/or Add a course for Module C
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Week 1
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February

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Intro Essay
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LaTeX
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Week 2
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Wellness Day
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299: Draft Resume
399: Draft Statement

Math/CS Colloquium: Francis Su
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Week 3
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Review 1
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Math/CS Colloquium: Michael A. Jones
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Math/CS Colloquium: Drew Ash
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Math/CS Colloquium: Susan Goldstine
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Review 4

Math/CS Colloquium: Sophia Potoczak Bragdon '12
Last day of classes Module C
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Final Exams
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Final Exams
Week 7
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Final Exams
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Wellness Day
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Review 5

First day of classes Module D
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Math/CS Colloquium: Jennifer Wilson
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Week 8
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Review 6

Last day to Drop and/or Add a course for Module D
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299: Paper Topic
399: Talk Topic

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Week 9
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Advising
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Advising
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Advising
   

April

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Math/CS Colloquium: Stevie Molinari
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Week 10
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Advising
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Wellness Day
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Review 7

Math/CS Colloquium: Oana Vesa '18
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Advising
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399: Talk Title and Abstract
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Week 12
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299: Final Resume
399: Final Statement
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Elkin Isaac Symposium
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Review 10
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399: Presentation (7:00 pm)
Student Talks
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Last day of classes Module D
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Reading Day
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Final Exams
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Final Exams
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299: Paper (2:30 pm)

Final Exams
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Commencement
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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 Remote during Spring 2021
Student Meetings

I will be regularly available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays 11:00 am - noon and 1:00 - 2:00 pm during Block D. I expect to meet with you often outside of class. Drop in (virtually) to talk about the course, mathematics, computer science, Albion, or if you just want to hangout!

I am teaching online this semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will rarely be on campus. Instead of in-person meetings, all meetings will be via Google Meet. I will also be available via Google Chat and email.

You can also 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.

Email
dreimann@albion.edu
Website
http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/
Phone
517-629-0426 (Office)
517-629-0361 (Department)

Course

Course
Math/CS 299/399
Course Name
Special Topics in Computer Science: Colloquium in Mathematics and Computer Science I & II
Credit
0.25 Unit
CRN
CS 299 (Section 1; CRN: 3146)
CS 399 (Section 1; CRN: 3147)
Math 299 (Section 1; CRN: 3148)
Math 399 (Section 1; CRN: 3149)
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.

Extended Description
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.
Cross-listing statement
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.
Prerequisite
Math/CS 299: Math 143 or CS 173.
Math/CS 399: Math/CS 299 and senior standing.
Meeting Times
Thursday 7:00-8:45 pm (online)
Class Meetings
Most weeks (unless posted otherwise) 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 online. It is possible that some talks will be pre-recorded.
List of Speakers
http://mathcs.albion.edu/Colloquium_List.php
Website
http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/Spring2021/courses/math-cs-299-399/
Schedule
http://zeta.albion.edu/~dreimann/Spring2021/courses/math-cs-299-399/schedule.php

Resources

Required Books
None
Online References
LateX Wikibook.
The (Not So) Short Introduction to LaTeX2e
How to use BibTeX
Required Software
  1. 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.
  2. Google Meet
  3. A modern up-to-date web browser
Required and Optional Computer Hardware
  1. Windows, Mac, Chromebook, or Linux
  2. A optional mouse is very helpful for most coding
  3. A network connection — an optional hardwired connection is best
  4. An optional auxiliary monitor can be helpful

Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Goals

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

Overview
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 Senior Statement (399) assignment, and 60 points from the Paper (299) OR Talk (399) assignment. In addition, students enrolled in 399 must complete a department assessment.
Assignment Policies

Generally, 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. Credit for other late assignments will be at the discretion of the instructor.

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

Extra Credit
I may include some optional extra credit on some assignments. However, you should plan on completing the regularly scheduled course assignments to earn points in the course.
Elements
Element Points Description
Intro Essay 15 Hardcopy essays will be due at the next beginning of class on during the third week.
Speaker Reviews 120+
(10+ @ 12 points each)
Hardcopy summaries will be due six days after the talk.
Speaker Introduction, OPTIONAL
(credit for at most one introduction)
12
(replaces corresponding speaker review)
Written introductory remarks (not required to be in LaTeX) will be due the day of the talk.
299: Resume, OR
399: Senior Statement
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
299: Paper, OR
399: Talk
100 Topics: Week 3
299 Papers: Finals week
399 Title and Abstracts: Week 12
399 Talks: Week 14
399: Assessment Required Finals week
Total Possible Points 250+  

Attendance and Conduct

Online Issues

This course will use the Google Meet video conferencing tool. Please be sure you have Google Meet installed and are familiar with using the tool. Join the meeting early and test speaker, microphone, and camera settings; keep speakers away from microphones to avoid feedback; use a headset with microphone if possible. Turning captions on may allow you to read what has been said even if the audio is garbled.

Be appropriately attired and try to limit distractions in your surroundings. As members of a community, please consider the effects of your actions on your peers, just as you would in a physical classroom: keep your video on unless you have permission to turn it off; mute yourself when not speaking; and focus your attention on the speaker. Please let me know if you are having difficulties interacting in class, and if there are reasons you cannot follow the above guidelines.

Some class sessions will be recorded. This is being done as a resource for students who miss the class as it is happening live, either due to illness or some other excused reason, and for students who simply wish to review the class session as a study tool. The video and audio recording are to be used for educational purposes only and will be available through Google for the duration of the course. The file is meant only for students currently enrolled in the course and may not be copied or shared with anyone else.

Policies and Expectations

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 Honesty, Integrity, and Expectations

Policies

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.

Educational Environment

Discriminatory Harassment
Albion College seeks to create a welcoming environment in which all students can learn. If a student experiences harassment or discriminatory treatment, there are several ways they can report it. Please see this webpage (https://www.albion.edu/student-life/student-development/current-students/report-discriminatory-harassment) for details.
Relationship Violence, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Harassment
Albion College is committed to providing an educational environment where we are all able to learn, teach, and work freely and where the dignity, safety, and self-respect of all members of our community are protected. Interpersonal violence, like sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment are incompatible with this mission and will not be tolerated at Albion College. Confidential resources at the College includes Counseling Services (517-629-0236); Local Sexual Assault Advocates (LSAAs); and Kaydee Hall (khall@albion.edu), Project Coordinator in the Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center. Beyond campus, Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County (888-383-2192) provides 24/7 resources, support, and advocacy to survivors. For more information, visit www.albion.edu/rvsa, or contact one of the resources listed above. To report, contact the College’s Title IX Coordinator.

Academic Accommodations and Support

Instructor Support

This course will be challenging because of the complexity and breadth of the material. It will be challenging because it is online with a fast schedule. Most students will be need additional help at some point during the semester; I expect that and so should you. Successful students attend most all classes, start assignments early, and complete all assignments. They use feedback to help master the material, which is critical in a course where material builds throughout the course. Successful students develop effective study skills and take advantage of College-wide support resources listed below. Successful students quickly reach out to me about their struggles.

If you are struggling with the course material or keeping up with the pace of the class, seek help as soon as you are experiencing difficulty. Do not wait until the end of the term to seek help!

Ac­com­mo­da­tions statement

It is the policy of Albion College to accommodate students with disabilities and qualifying diagnosed conditions in accordance with federal and state laws. Any student who feels that they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a learning, psychiatric, physical, or chronic health diagnosis should contact the Director of Accessibility Services, Elizabeth Rudolph (erudolph@albion.edu), to develop a plan for reasonable accommodation(s) based on supporting documentation.

If you have completed this process and requested accommodations for this semester, plan to meet with Elizabeth Rudolph (erudolph@albion.edu) as early as possible to discuss a plan for implementing these modifications in this class.

Accessibility Services is housed in the Cutler Center on the first floor of the Stockwell Library and is open during regular business hours. The main phone is 517-629-0562 or email cutler@albion.edu for more information.

Cutler Center

The Cutler Center for Student Success and Academic Achievement is located in the Stockwell Library and provides free supplemental peer tutoring (math, science, economics and more), writing assistance, fellowship advising, accessibility accommodations, success coaching, supplemental advising, financial advising (including loaner laptops and calculators). The Cutler Center has student drop-in hours Monday–Friday noon–2pm with their 15 Minute Fix. The Cutler Center is also home to the First-Year Peer Mentor Program. To connect with the Cutler Center, please email cutler@albion.edu or call Martha Palmer at 517-629-0562 and she can help connect you to the resource you need to be successful this term.