**MAT 331: Mathematical Problem Solving with Computers Stony Brook, Spring 2014**

**General Information:**
This course serves as an introduction to computing for the math student.
After a general introduction to the use of the computers, we will turn to
more mathematical problems.
The emphasis of this course is on the ``problem
solving'' portion of the title: we will take a series of problems and try to
find solutions (or approximate solutions), keeping in mind that we have
access to computers. We will discuss the problems and development of
necessary mathematics, and then we will
turn to the computers to explore and work out the solutions.

**Computers:**
We will rely heavily
on Maple (a program that can do algebra, calculus, graphics, etc.),
although if other tools are better suited to the task, we may make use of
them. No previous experience with computers is needed.
Maple is available for most platforms (Windows, Macintosh, Linux,
...); Stony Brook students can download a copy for Windows or Mac
from SoftWeb at
`http://softweb.cc.sunysb.edu`, in the ``University Licensed
Applications'' section.. In
addition, you can use any of the campus SINC sites, or you
can access the
Virtual SINC site.

**Text:**
The text for this course is a set of notes written by Professor Sutherland
(with Santiago Simanca). These are available on the
class web page;
they may be revised
somewhat as the semester progresses.
You might find it useful to obtain a book
about Maple.
Most of what you need will be covered in class, but it is often useful to
have a reference at hand.

**Projects and Exercises:**
There will be a number of ``exercises'' assigned, as well as three or
4 projects. An ``exercise'' is like a homework assignment- something that
you should be able to do in at most a few hours. Every week or two, there
will be a set of exercises posted, from which you can choose which ones to
do. You must complete at least half of these exercises over the course of the
semester. They all count for the same amount of points, whether they are
easy or difficult. Part of the purpose of the problem is to help you
learn to determine what is ``easy'' and what is ``hard''.

A ``project'' is more like a term paper-- you will be expected to devote a significant amount of time to doing it, as well as taking care with the presentation.

Working together on the projects is encouraged, although, each student will be responsible for turning in his or her own write-up of the problem and solution. This should contain a detailed description of the problem or topic, what means were used in solve it, and the solution. These write-ups should be produced by each student individually, and should be detailed enough so that someone who has not taken the class can read and understand them, and will believe the solution is correct. These write-ups are often acceptable for the mathematics writing requirement.

**Grading:**
Your grade will be based on the projects, the exercises, and in-class
participation. In total, the exercises count as a project. There will be
no exams. Both the expository and computational aspects of the
project write-ups will be graded and count equally.

**Instructor:**

Prof. Scott Sutherland | Math 5-112 | phone: 632-7306
email: scott@math.sunysb.edu |

**Disabilities:**
If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning
disability that may impact your course work, please contact
Disability Support Services at
`http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/dss/`or (631) 632-6748.
They will determine with
you what accommodations 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:
`http://www.stonybrook.edu/ehs/fire/disabilities.shtml`

**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 are required to report any
suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary.
For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including
categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary
website at
`http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/`.

**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, or inhibits students'
ability to learn.

2014-01-23