The class will be divided into groups of approximately 3 people, to accommodate students with different backgrounds and experience. Many of the problems will require little formal knowledge of mathematics. Despite this, they can be very challenging and fun to do.

Here are some references that you may find helpful. You are encouraged to consult them.

- Problem Solving Through Problems, by Larson, Springer-Verlag, 1983.

- Challenging Mathematical Problems with Elementary Solutions volumes I and II, by Yaglom and Yaglom, Dover Publications, 1987.

- The USSR Olympiad Problem Book, by Shklarsky, Chentzov and Yaglom, Dover Publications, 1993.

**Homework problems:** This is an essential part of the course.
You will get an assignment each week. Typically you will be given 3 to 5 problems and
asked to come up with some ideas on how to tackle them. You will be required to write
down the solutions to one or two problems. You are encouraged to do the homework
together with friends in your group or other groups. However, the write-up should be your own.

Problem Sets: |

Homework 1 |

Homework 2 |

Homework 3 |

Homework 4 |

Homework 5 |

Homework 6 |

Homework 7 |

Homework 8 |

Homework 9 |

Homework 10 |

**Prerequisites:**

**Grading Policy:** MAT 160 is a one credit course with S/U grading. Thus on your
transcript you will either get an S and one credit, or a U and no credit.
The grade will not affect your GPA. You will be graded on your effort, which will be
measured by class attendance and participation, and on the effort expended on homework.
There is no final exam. If you wish to get an S for this class, you must keep up with the
homework and should not miss class more than 3 times in all.

**Critical Incident Management:**
Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people.
Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their
ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn.