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On Term Exam 4. It will take place, as scheduled, during the tutorials on Monday March 21st. You will have an hour and 50 minutes to solve around 5 questions, with no choice questions. The material is everything covered in class until Tuesday March 15th (and not including Thursday March 17th), including everything in the relevant chapters (18-20) of Spivak's book (including the appendix to chapter 19). The material in chapters 1-15 is not officially included, though, of course, what chance have you got answering questions about the Taylor polynomial of (say), if you aren't yet absolutely fluent with differentiation of and ? Some questions will be taken straight from class, some straight from homework, and some will be fresh. Calculators will be allowed but will not be useful beyond emotional support; no devices that can display text will be allowed. Good luck!
Preparing for Term Exam 4.
An often-asked question is ``Do we need to know proofs?''. The answer is Absolutely. Proofs are often the deepest form of understanding, and hence they are largely what this class is about. The ones I show in class are precisely those that I think are the most important ones, thus they are the ones you definitely need to know.
Required reading. All of Spivak's Chapter 22.
To be handed in. From Spivak Chapter 22: 1 (odd parts), 2 (odd parts), 5, 13.
In class review problem(s) (to be solved in class on Tuesday March 22). Chapter 22 problem 2(ii): Find
Recommended for extra practice. From Spivak Chapter 22: 1 (even parts), 2 (even parts), 9, 27, 28, 29.
Just for fun. For some constant number , consider the function . Let be the set of all pairs so that and is a limit of a subsequence of the sequence , , , .... Write a computer program to draw the set in the plane whose axes are and , and if your program and picture are nice, they'll find their place on this class' web site.
It's a hard one, but it's well worth it. The set is way more complex than you would expect, with parts that scream ``structure'' and parts that scream ``mess''. If you've ever heard the word ``chaos'' in a mathematical context before, this is it. And if you've ever seen pictures of the beautiful ``Mandelbrot Set'', our is a close relation.
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