Time and Place: MW 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. in MSCS 519B
Professor: Igor E. Pritsker
Office: MSCS 519C
Office Hours: MW 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. F 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Course Objectives: This course provides students with the opportunity to solve realistic mathematical problems independently, to discuss the solutions in front of the class, and to write technical reports describing their solutions. All of these skills will be required in your future employment.
Prerequisites: Math 2233 (Differential Equations), Math 4013 (Calculus of Several Variables), and knowledge of computer programming. In addition, the course requires ability to write clearly and correctly in English, and have familiarity with a word-processing system. The most important prerequisite is your initiative to learn whatever mathematical techniques are necessary to solve any particular problem.
Course Format: This is a seminar style course, not a lecture course. During the semester you will be working on applied problems. You will present the progress and discuss possible approaches daily. There will be no exams in this course. Your written work will consist of technical reports describing the problem and its solution. The professor's role in the course is to direct the discussions and provide occasional hints.
Texts: The official text for the course is Elements of Style, by Strunk and White. This is a very short style manual that should be read before you begin writing your report/paper, and then used as a reference on questions of grammar and style. Students may also find Introduction to Technical Writing: Process & Practice, by Lois Johnson Rew, to be a useful reference. There is no official mathematical text for this course, as you will be expected to find any necessary mathematical information on your own in the library. However, the book E. Kreyszig, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 10th ed., 2011, may often be used as reference. It covers a wide range of applied mathematics methods.
Grading: Half of your grade will be based on the mathematics of your problem solution, one fourth is based on the writing of your report, and one fourth is based on class participation.
A solution earning a mathematical grade of A is clear, complete, and correct. A solution earning a mathematical grade of B may contain small errors, omissions, or gaps in the derivation. A solution earning a mathematical grade of C may contain substantial errors, omissions, or gaps.
The clarity of the mathematical presentation in a report and the quality of its writing are almost inseparable. Reports that are grammatically correct, well-organized, and easy to understand will earn a writing grade of A. Reports that are somewhat difficult to understand because of grammatical errors or lack of organization will earn writing grades of B. Those that are very difficult to understand, for any reasons, will earn writing grades no higher than C.
Your participation grade is based on attendance and on your contributions to the class discussions. Daily attendance without any participation will earn a grade of C. A grade of B will require some participation every day, even if this consists just of questions on your own work or comments on other people's work. A grade of A will be reserved for those who lead the discussions by introducing new ideas and approaches towards solving the problems.
Report Format: Your reports should be clear, correct, concise, and should contain the following components
 J. Agnew and M. S. Keener, eds., Station
Hydro-Turbine Optimization, Industry-Related Problems for
Mathematics Students No C-18.3, Oklahoma State University,
 S. I. Grossman, Calculus, fourth edition, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, 1988.
 G. Strang, Patterns in Linear Algebra, Amer. Math. Monthly 96 (1989), 105-107.
Academic Honesty: All written work must be your own - no discussions or collaborations on the written reports are permitted.
Attendance Policy: Please notify me in advance of any unavoidable absence. Otherwise, absences and late reports will penalize you, as they would with any employer.