MAT 487 — Spring 2018 Problem Sets

MAT 487 Course Webpage
Independent Study.
Wednesday 9:30AM, Math Tower 4-108

Spring 2018

  • Problem sets

  • Course Announcements
  • Course Description
  • Prerequisites
  • Text
  • Course Learning Objectives
  • Course Outcomes / Key Skills
  • Lectures
  • Office Hours
  • Grading System
  • Hand-backs
  • Oral presentation
  • Disability Support Services
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical Incident Management

  • Course Announcements Announcements about the course will be posted here. Please check the site regularly for announcements (which will also be given in lecture).

    Course Description The description in the undergraduate bulletin. A reading course for juniors and seniors. The topics may be chosen by the student with the approval of a supervising member of the faculty, who also takes responsibility for evaluation. A topic that is covered in a course regularly offered by the department is not appropriate for independent study. May be repeated. This independent study course will be focused on commutative ring theory and foundations of algebraic geometry.

    Prerequisites Permission of the undergraduate director.

    Text The recommended textbooks are the following.

    Course Learning Objectives

    The course learning objectives include the following. Each of these is an important learning objective for all advanced mathematics and applied mathematics courses. Each is amplified with specific examples.

    Course Outcomes / Key Skills

    The course outcomes / key skills include the following.

    Lectures The instructor for this course is Jason Starr.

    Course meetings are Wednesday mornings, beginning at 9:30AM, in Math Tower 4-108.

    Office Hours Office hours for Jason Starr are tentatively scheduled as follows.

    Grading System The letter grade for the course is based on class participation, weekly problem sets, and a final oral report.

    Oral presentation
    Every student will give an oral report of approximately 20 minutes in the last few weeks of the semester. The topic of the presentation is to be determined by the student and instructor jointly. It may be on anything related to the course, but not directly covered during course meetings or on problem sets, e.g., a skipped section of the textbook, an interesting sequence of (unassigned) textbook problems, related material from another textbook, etc. The topic should be discussed with the instructor and approved no later than April 15th.

    Hand-backs Graded problem sets will be handed back during course meetings. Some fraction of course meetings will be devoted to discussing solutions to assigned problem sets.

    Required Syllabi Statements
    The University Senate Undergraduate and Graduate Councils have authorized that the following required statements appear in all teaching syllabi (graduate and undergraduate courses) on the Stony Brook Campus.

    Americans with Disabilities Act.
    If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

    Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following website:

    Academic Integrity Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty is required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty please refer to the academic judiciary website at

    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 University Community Standards any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.

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    Jason Starr
    4-108 Math Tower
    Department of Mathematics
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651
    Phone: 631-632-8270
    Fax: 631-632-7631
    Jason Starr