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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thomas Jefferson's Library

LibraryThing is a site that allows you to catalog books from your library, and uses that information as a basis for some sort of social networking. In their words "Enter what you're reading or your whole library—it's an easy, library-quality catalog. LibraryThing also connects you with people who read the same things."

But this post is not about LibraryThing. It's about Thomas Jefferson.

It turns out that some enterprising person who goes by the name "Thingamabrarii" has entered Thomas Jefferson's library. There are also links to other sites with information and exhibits about Thomas Jefferson's books.

There are 55 books in the Pure Mathematics category. Among these are The doctrine and application of fluxions (that's calculus to you and me), as well as Euclid's elements and some works by Archimedes. He even has some books on mathematical finance, including one by Isaac Newton: Sir Isaac Newton's Tables for renewing and purchasing the leases of cathedral-churches and colleges.

It's interesting to look over the titles, but humbling when you consider that my shelves are filled with books like this and this.

(Actually, I do read real books sometimes.)

Final Exam

Our final exam will be held on Friday, May 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evening. I will provide more information about the final, and review materials as the date gets closer.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Assignment for Week #15

Well the last assignment has been posted. Get it while it's hot!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Assignment for Week #14

Better late than never.

The reading and homework assignmet for Week #14 are now available. It's a bit late, but I've tried to keep it short and sweet.

UPDATE: The assignment from Section 5.1 originally read Section 5.1 #, 4, 16. It has been updated to Section 5.1 #2, 4, 16.

Office hours by request only

I can't hold my normal hours tomorrow, and since there's only one more week of classes after this one, I just might as well not hold regular hours anymore. I'll still be available by email to work out alternate meetings, and I'll probably hold a review thing before the final.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Office hours canceled for this week

Due to Carnival coming up, and the fact that the test is Monday / tomorrow, I will not be able to hold my normal office hours this week. If you wish to meet with me outside of recitation, email me. If you want to pick up your old work and haven't yet, it's in the box outside Prof. Handron's office. -Klipper

Friday, April 11, 2008

Small correction

On Sunday from 6 to 8, it's not a review session per se, but more like office hours. I would suggest that people coming bring questions they would like to go over. I will not prepare a set agenda for the session.

Exam #3

Well, it's about that time. Time for Exam #3, that is. It will be given in class on Monday (April 14). I've posted a Review Page, including all the sections covered, and sample problems from each one. I've also posted solutions to a selection of the review problems on the Blackboard site (under "Course Documents").

The solutions to HW#11 are available on the Blackboard site, and the solutions to HW#12 are scheduled to appear at 12:05 Saturday afternoon.

I will hold a review session on Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 to 2:30 in WEH 5302. Michael Klipper will hold a review session Sunday evening in his office, from 6:00-8:00. If his office gets too crowded, he tells me he'll move to the whiteboards outside WEH 7500.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Assignment for Week #12

The reading and homework assignments for Week #12 have been posted.