T C M310 • Conference Course: Plan II Mathematics
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
The purpose of the course is to develop insight into and understanding of the world of mathematics. Rather than concentrating on techniques, we will consider broader topics of a historical or philosophical nature. We will examine some classical ideas, including famous theorems and conjectures, and some unusual applications. Our goal will be to develop a sense of the field of mathematics and why it is beautiful, exciting, and important. The primary text will be supplemented by journal articles and other sources.
About the Professor James W. Vick is an Ashbel Smith Professor of Mathematics and former Vice President for Student Affairs at UT-Austin. He and Michael Starbird designed and taught the first Plan II M 310 course. Dr. Vick has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the Jean Holloway Teaching Award, the President's Associates Teaching Award, and the AMOCO Teaching Excellence Award. In 1985, he was selected as CASE Professor of the Year for the State of Texas. He has also been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He holds a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Virginia.
Class meetings will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and some presentations by students. The class will be divided into small groups or teams who will work together on specific assignments. Participation by each student will be required and will be considered in assigning a final grade. There may be several short writing or computer assignments during the semester. Three tests will be given in class. All of these activities, together with the comprehensive final exam, will determine the course grade.
Donald M. Davis, The Nature and Power of Mathematics