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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mathematical Snow Sculpture

Well, spring break is coming up, and many of you are probably thinking of beaches and swimsuits and suntans (not me), but in some places winter is still going strong. With snow. Real snow, not just an inch or two here and there.

Stan Wagon, a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, is using this snow to make mathematically themed snow sculptures. Take a look at some of the pictures; They are pretty cool. So to speak.

If winter is not your thing, you may prefer to make your mathematical sculptures out of Lego®.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Critical Time of Year

Well, we are getting to the time of year that always has me on the edge of my seat. A little nervous. A little agitated. With a dose of excitement thrown in. That's right. The 10-day forcast is just beginning to reach into Spring Break.

As you can see at the link, Mad River Glen, my Favorite Place in the World is due to get snow on eight of the next ten days, with 18"-30" predicted over the next couple days. That is fantastic! The weather is starting to creep up over freezing next week, though, so that is troubling. If all that snow starts turning into rain, Spring Break could be a Disaster!

If I work at it, I can hit the slopes on Friday, March 7. Tomorrow will show what Mother Nature has in store for that day. Think snowy thoughts.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Office hours change this week

I can't make my normal Wednesday office hours, so I'll only hold my Tuesday hours from 7-8. If anyone wants to see me and can't make Tuesday, shoot me an email. -Klipper

Friday, February 22, 2008

Assignment for Week #7

I've posted the reading and homework assignment for Week #7. You can follow the link from the Schedule Page.

UPDATE: I've corrected the title and text of the post to point to the assignment for Week #7. Time flies when your having fun...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Assignment for Week #6

I've posted the reading and homework assignment for Week #6. The homework is a little longer than we've had up to this point, but not too long, provided that you don't leave it until the last minute.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Assignment for Week #5

As promised, I've posted a short assignment due this Friday. Even though we have Exam #1 this week, I want to make sure that you get some practice with the product rule, quotient rule and chain rule, before we go on to other things.

Homework Solutions

Solutions to all four homework assignments are now available from the Blackboard site. I have tried to use scheduled postings, so that these would appear automatically, but that doesn't seem to have worked very well. In any case, they are all there now.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Exam #1 Review

I've posted a review page for Exam #1. It lists all the sections covered as well as some practice problems you may want to try.

The exam will be held in class on Wednesday 13 February. I'll also hold a reveiw session on Monday 11 February, in WEH 5302.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Office hour change for next week

Since the test is on Wednesday, I will move my Wednesday office hours to next Monday. So, for next week only, my hours are:
Monday and Tuesday, 7-8pm, Wean 7215

I can also arrange to meet with students if they schedule a time with me. You do not have to be registered in my recitation section to do this.

- Klipper

Friday, February 1, 2008

Assignment for Week #4

I've posted the assignment for Week #4. You can follow the link from the Schedule Page.