The Harvard Math Warm-Up Series

Math Department | FAS | Harvard
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Tuesday, September 21 | Wednesday, September 22 | Thursday, September 23 | Friday, September 24
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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, September 21

Algebra, Part 1

1:00-2:30pm, by John Boller

Algebra is the language of modern mathematics, and success at any level of mathematics depends upon good basic algebra skills. Come brush up on the rules of algebra, exponents, polynomials, factoring, and solving equations.

Don’t Go It Alone: Using Math Help Resources Effectively

2:30-4:00pm, by Derek Bruff

Take advantage of all the math help resources available to you! In this session, we’ll provide smart strategies for getting help from your textbook, instructors, course assistants, and classmates.

Conic Sections

4:00-5:30pm, by Matthew Leingang

The conic sections (circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas) have been studied since the time of the Greeks. Understanding conic sections and their equations gives a shortcut to visualization that does not require calculus. We will look at these fascinating objects individually and collectively.

Wednesday, September 22

Trigonometry: More than Just SOHCAHTOA

1:00-2:30pm, by Derek Bruff

Trigonometric functions are some of the important functions studied in calculus. This session will be a trigonometry refresher for those who have studied trig but might be a little rusty.

Problem Solving

2:30-4:00pm, by Andy Engelward

You went to class, but now the homework problems due tomorrow look completely confusing... what can you do to get started? Success doing problem sets often translates into success in a math class - this session will go over problem solving strategies you can use in any math class.

Angels, Arrows, and Limits in Calculus

4:00-5:30pm, by Angela Vierling-Claassen

How many angels can dance on the point of a needle? Could Zeno be right that motion is impossible? We’ll use limits to answer these philosophical questions.

Thursday, September 23

Logarithms

1:00-2:30pm, by Robin Gottlieb

Would you feel comfortable explaining logarithms to your roommate? Do you keep a picture of the graph of y = ln x in your head? If your answers are no, come to this session to help get yourself on more solid ground.

Modeling real life applications in biology and economics

2:30-4:00pm, by Thomas Judson

How is mathematics used in biology and economics? What courses should I take if I am a bio or ec concentrator?

Complex Numbers

4:00-5:30pm, by Oliver Knill

Complex numbers are magic. After reviewing basic properties, we will tour some of the most mysterious formulas in mathematics and learn to compute (-1)i or log(-1).

Friday, September 24

Algebra, Part 2

1:00-2:30pm, by John Boller

Algebra is the language of modern mathematics, and success at any level of mathematics depends upon good basic algebra skills. Come brush up on the rules of algebra, solving inequalities, absolute value, fractional expressions, long division of polynomials, and radicals.

How to use Technology in your Math Classes

2:30-4:00pm, by Matthew Leingang

Do you know how to use a graphing calculator for things besides graphing? Have you seen or used Mathematica before? Come and see demonstrations of the powerful (and already licensed so you don't have to pay for it) software available to you.

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