MAT 118, Mathematical Thinking, Fall 2010

Christopher Bishop

Professor, Mathematics
SUNY Stony Brook

Office: 4-112 Mathematics Building
My Phone: (631)-632-8274
Dept. Office Phone: (631)-632-8290
Dept. FAX: (631)-632-7631

SUNY-SB Academic Calendar Fall 2010
SUNY-SB Final Exam Calendar Fall 2010
SUNY-SB Class Schedule Fall 2010

FINAL EXAM is 11:15-1:45 Monday Dec 13, in ESS 001

Email MAT 118 lecturer (Prof. Bishop)

Email MAT 118 TA (Ki Song, Section 1, M 3:50-4:45, ESS 183)

Email MAT 118 TA (Fadi Elkhatib, Section 2, W 3:50-4:45, ESS 183)

Email MAT 118 TA (Sanja Nedic, Section 3, Tu 9:50-10:45, SBU 237 and Section 4, Th 9:50-10:45, SBU 237)

Email all MAT 118 instuctors (Bishop, Elkhatib, Nedic, Song)

Time and place: lectures MWF 9:35-10:30, Light Engineering Room 102


TEXT: Excursions in Modern Mathematics, by Peter Tannenbaum, seventh edition, Prentice Hall, chapters 1,4, 5,6,7, 13, 15.

My office hours will be MWF 10:40-11:30 in my office, 4-112 in the Math Building.

Lecture Schedule, Homework Assignments, Office Hours Last revised on Thur. Sept. 9, 2010.

Sample questions for Chapter 1 exam. There are seven questions here to illustrate the type of questions that will be on the exam. The actual exam will have 25 questions and some will be a bit harder than these examples.

Sample questions for Chapter 4 exam on Monday, Oct 4. There are six questions here to illustrate the type of questions that will be on the exam. The actual exam will have 25 questions and some will be a bit harder than these examples. Only material from Cahpter 4 and the MiniExcursion on the Huntington-Hill method will be included on this exam.


SPECIAL NOTE: Chapter 5 homework due week of October 10.

Sample questions for Chapter 5 exam on Monday Oct 18.

Sample questions for Chapter 6 exam on Monday Oct 25.

Sample questions for Chapter 10 exam on Monday Nov 8.

Sample questions for Chapter 14 exam on Monday Nov 22. Sample revised on Nov 16, Solutions: 1-c, 2-e, 3-d, 4-6, 5-a, 6-a,7-c

Sample questions for Chapter 15 exam on Monday Dec 6. Solutions: 1-a, 2-a, 3-e, 4-d, 5-a, 6-c, 7-f, 8-d, 9-d, 10-c, 11-c, 12-f

Grades: There will be seven Chapter exams worth 25 points each. We will drop the lowest grade, so there will be 150 points due to the Chapter exams. There will be 50 points due to homework and a final worth 100 points. The exams will be multiple choice. The final will cover the whole course.

Homework problems will be asssigned from the text and will be handed in at the recitation sections. The recitation instructor will grade and return the homework and go over the solutions as necessary.

Send me email at: bishop at

Link to history of mathematics

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