# HW: Lab previews 2

Due Wednesday, November 20.

Write another “lab preview” post, following the same instructions as found at the bottom of the previous homework.

# Lab 5: A second adventure

Once again, you will choose your own adventure for this lab. But this time your final product will be a group presentation instead of a formal article. The presentations will be graded in the same way as the articles, except that the “exposition” category will be replaced with a “presentation” category. Follow the jump for the fine print. Continue reading

This lab is quite different from the previous ones: your final product will be a series of posts on this web site instead of a formal article. So what exactly do you have to do? Continue reading

# Sam and DST

The area of math that I really like to study is called descriptive set theory. In calculus, you often use different types of sets like open sets and closed sets. You also use different types of functions like continuous and differentiable functions. In descriptive set theory, we study more complicated sorts of sets and functions. Continue reading

# HW: Getting started with WordPress

In the next lab, you will be asked to submit your work in a series of blog posts on this site. Today, you are asked to get comfortable with the WordPress system and to practice creating a post. Continue reading

Today in class we will be proofreading one anothers’ lab report drafts. Here are some criteria to guide you when proofreading your peers. Remember: always be constructive! Continue reading

# Lab 3: graph coloring (chapter 5)

In combinatorics, a “graph” is just a fancy name for a collection of dots (vertices) and lines (edges) joining them. In this lab we will explore the coloring of graphs— a huge area of research with numerous real world applications. The main question we will be attacking is: how many ways are there to color a given graph so that no two joined vertices get the same color? Continue reading

# Class work: explore math blogs

One of the most enjoyable ways to participate in the mathematics community is to keep up with blogs. In this short assignment, we’ll learn to use just one tool for browsing mathematics. Continue reading

# Lab 2: Euclidean algorithm (chapter 3)

In this lab, we will explore Euclid’s algorithm for finding the greatest common divisor of two numbers. You will investigate questions such as how efficient is this algorithm? How many steps does it take to complete? How often does the gcd of two numbers turn out to be exactly 7? or 8? How often are two numbers relatively prime?
# HW: An introduction to $\LaTeX$
The same way HTML is a coding system for creating web pages, $\LaTeX$ is a coding system for creating math articles. In this assignment, you will spend some time practicing the environment so you will be able to use it to create your future lab reports. The assignment is due Wednesday, September 18. Continue reading