MAT 475, Problem solving seminar, Winter 2018
InstructorProf. Kasra Rafi
Office: BA 6188 (Bahen Centre)
MeetingsTuesdays 12 - 2 pm in BA 1210.
Thursdays 12 - 1 pm in BA 1210.
Office hoursMondays 5-6 pm or by appointment.
Teaching AssistantLeonid Monin
You can contact Leonid to set an appointment if you need to discuss the grading of quizzes.
TextbookProblem-Solving Through Problems, by Loren C. Larson (Main).
How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method , by George Póya (Suplimentary).
We'll get more competent at solving math problems and writing their solutions by solving many math problems and writing their solutions.
Problems Sets and Quizzes:
There will be a weekly problem set posted here. The solution will not be collected. Instead, there will be weekly quizzes based on the Problem Set (12 quizzes in total). Only the grades of the best 10 quizzes will count towards the final grade. That is, each quiz is worth 5% of your final grade.
Also, for each problem set, a group of stundets will be assigned to write the complete solutions to all the problems. These solutions will also be posted here. Writting these solution counts for 10% if your grade.
Problem Set 1
Here are the solutions by Jordan Hofmann and Zachary Karry.
Problem Set 2
Here are the solutions by Da Song and Qiuyu Wu.
Problem Set 3
Here are the solutions by Bato Dagbaer, Sergey Gridin and Shuo Zhuang.
Problem Set 4
Here are the solutions by Songhui Guo, Liqiao Xie and Ci Zhang.
Problem Set 5
Here are the solutions by Nicholas Kauldhar, Wacey Schell and Michelle Young.
Problem Set 6
Here are the solutions by Sunghoon Hong, Nathaniel Libman and Philip Tsang.
Problem Set 7
Here are the solutions by Yining Chen and Shutong Guo.
Problem Set 8
Problem Set 9
and here are some hints.
Problem Set 10
- Quizzes 50%
- Group Assignmet 10%
- Final exam 40%
The problems are assigned on Thursdays. You should read the problems immediately and if you have trouble understading what the problem is asking, you can stop by during the office hours which are also on Thursdays. You should then form study groups and spend a few hours every week on solving these problems to prepare for the quiz.
Policy on missed quizzes or exams:
There are no make up quizzes. If you miss more than two quizzes for a legitimate reason which you can document, your grading scheme will be adjusted by increasing the final exam component of your mark. The documentation must be submitted no later than 7 days after the date of the exam/quiz. You can find the University of Toronto Medical Certificate form here.
You need to be comfortable with proofs and with using the language of writting mathematics. Familiarity with Linear Algebra, elementary number theory and modular arithmetic and plane geometry is also useful for some of the problems examples will discuss.
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