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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Settlers of Catan

The CMU Gaming Club is hosting a Settlers of Catan tournament. It will take place Friday, February 15, from 9pm-1am.

If you've never played Settlers of Catan, it's a pretty fun game. It's quick to learn, involves a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck. And it's different every time you play, which is kind of neat. It's one of my more favorite games. If I had my 'druthers, though, I'd play Advanced Civilization.

A Couple Things

First, the solutions to HW#2 are now available from the Course Documents section of the Blackboard site.

Second, Victoria Noquez has moved her office hours half an hour earlier. They are now Monday and Wednesday, from 4:30-5:30pm.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Assignment for Week #3

I've posted the assignment for Week #3. You can follow the link from the Schedule Page.

Incidentally, I have also posted the solutions to HW#1 on the Blackboard site. They are in the "Course Documents" section. I'll post the solutions for each assignment there, usually on the Tuesday following the due date.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Update to HW#2

I've removed problem 1.4.44 from this week's assignment. It will show up on HW#3. There is one thing I didn't get to cover today that is necessary for that problem.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

You Can't Beet That

Does this count as a technological advance?

via Boing Boing

Monday, January 21, 2008

What a Waste

Sweet Juniper! has pictures of the Detroit Public Schools Book Depository.

What a waste.

Engines of our Ingenuity: Operateions Research

Engines of our Ingenuity is a short segment that airs on some NPR affiliates. I first discovered it while I was a graduate student in Houston. (It is produced by the University of Houston's College of Engineering.) I really got to enjoy it, and I missed it when I moved to Pittsburgh.

No to worry, though. Engines of Our Ingenuity is now available as a podcast. You can also subscribe via iTunes, if you care to do so.

Even if you don't, you may want to listen to episode 2316, which discusses Operations Research. It discusses what it is, the origin of the name "operations research" and why this field is important.

If you find that interesting, you can search the entire list of episodes (each tagged with keywords). There is bound to be something of interest to you.

Recitation Section C - Room Change

The room for the room for Recitation Section C has been changed from the cavernous BH 136A to the more comfortable Porter Hall 225B. This takes effect starting tomorrow, January 22.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Assignment for Week #2

I've posted the reading and homework assignment for Week #2. You can follow the link from the Schedule page.

I've also made some edits to the Schedule page. I've adjusted the topics to reflect the fact that we spent two days on Section 1.3. I've also changed the color of the sections we have not yet covered to grey. As we go through, I'll change each section to black as we cover it. Then you should know exactly where we are as we go through the semester.

Bad Mood

Well, I accidentally left my iPod home today. I had to listen to the radio, of all things. Can you imagine? "The Costas Minute" is about the lamest waste of radio spectrum I can imagine. Get this: The rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird was made more dynamic by the other players on their teams. He could have been talking about shoelaces; I would be no less interested. What wonders do you think the ride home has in store?

Okay, I just had to get that off my chest.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Correction to Syllabus and Handout

There was one typo on the handout I gave you on Monday, and on the syllabus I posted on the Blackboard site. I mistyped the email address of Michael Klipper. His correct email address is

I've corrected the syllabus, but I have no way to correct the handouts I distributed already. You'll have to do that yourself.

Mathematics and Square Dancing?

Have you ever thought about what mathematics and square dancing have in common? No? Me neither. But David Schmitz of North Central College in Naperville, Ill. has, and I guess a lot of other people have too. There is an interesting article in the Chicago Tribune about the connections. If you went to North Central College, you could even sign up for the course (It's the fifth one listed).

On a personal note: when I went to college, I, too, had associated square dancing with awkward middle school memories. In college I had a few chances try it, and it really is quite fun. Currently, though, my opportunities for square dancing seem to be, um... limited at best.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Homework #1 Update

I didn't get through as much today as I had anticipated, so I've had to edit Friday's homework a bit. I've removed problems 1.3.30 and 1.3.42 from the assignment. They will show up on next week's assignment.

Parts of problems 1.3.4 and 1.3.24 ask about one sided limits, which I also didn't cover much. I'll ask the TA's to talk about one sided limits tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Assignment for Week #1

I've posted the reading and homework assignment for Week #1. You can follow the link from the Schedule Page. You'll be asked to read over my policy on Academic Integrity before you view the homework problems.

The problems are from Sections 1.2 and 1.3. I didn't discuss the background for the problems in 1.2 during class, but I asked your TA's to go over those topics in Recitation. I'll make sure to remind them again ahead of Thursday's Recitation. In general, I will not have the TA's cover material that I don't present in class, but with this introductory material, I don't feel too bad about it.

The Blackboard site is up

I've made the Blackboard site "Available to Students." You can go there now to download the course syllabus. Generally I'll only use the Blackboard site for two purposes: (1) To post your grades, and (2) to distribute solutions to homework assignments. Most of my communications to you will be via this blog. Well that and the classroom. Mustn't forget about the classroom...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Welcome to 21-120

Welcome to 21-120 Differentiation and Integration. I'll use this blog to post information and updates about the course. See you in class on Monday.

Color Issues

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