**Instructor:** Sergei Chmutov

- Office: Clapp 423
- Telephone x2720
- email: schmutov
- Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 6:00-8:00 pm or by appointment

**Classes:** Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:50 at Clapp 401

**Textbook:** *Laboratories in Mathematical Experimentation. A bridge
to higher mathematics * by G.Cobb etc.
Springer, 1997.

**Projects:** There will be five projects projects due
Sep.29, Oct.13, Nov.1, Nov.22, Dec.15 correspondently.
The last project will serve as a final examination. Its subject will be
under a student choice. The subjects of the first four are following:

--- Iterations of Linear Functions (Chapter 1)

--- Cyclic Difference Sets (Chapter 2)

--- The Coloring of Graphs (Chapter 5)

--- Polyhedra (Chapter 7)

A student can choose his own subject for a project if she does not like
the suggested one. Projects will be doing in groups of two - three
students.

**Reports:** A report should be 4-6 pages long, typed preferebly in
TeX. It sould reflect the following:

--- presentation of the problem;

--- your experimental strategy and/or design;

--- results of your experimentation;

--- analysis of data;

--- mathematical analysis of conjectures.

**Grading:** Each of the first four projects gives 50pt. The last
project gives 100pt.

Most important parameters under evaluation are:

--- presentation of the problem;

--- presentation of the data;

--- choise of questions to investigate;

--- analysis of the data and justification of conjectures;

--- mathematical analysis of conjectures.