Modern Computing for Mathematicians

Basic Information on Math 587
Call No. 9529, Spring 2009

January 22, 2009

TIME OF MEETING: Tues. & Thurs. 4:15 – 5:35
PLACE: Earth Science 143
W. F. Hammond, ES 137B
    Phone: 442-4625
    Campus Email: hammond
    Office hours: Tues. & Thurs. 2:15 – 3:05, or by appt.
PRE-REQUISITE: An undergraduate background in mathematics


See the Prospectus:


The intrinsic nature of the subject does not lend itself well to classroom testing.

Grades in the course will be based on

  1. 5 written assignments (10 points each).

  2. A classroom presentation of 20 – 30 minutes length on a special investigation (20 points).

Each student will be expected to have a web site at, a portion of which (that need not be publicly advertised) will serve as a vehicle for the submission of designated written assignments.

Additionally, there will be twice weekly assignments of reading and exercises which, though neither submitted nor graded, will be important for following the course.


Attendance at class meetings is a requirement for passing the course unless the student has made other arrangements with the instructor. Unexcused absence may result in failure or grade reduction.