Math 2784/2794W  Undergraduate Writing Seminar I&II
Spring 2014

teplyaevmath.uconn.edu
http://www.math.uconn.edu/~teplyaev
office: MSB 222
office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday  1:302:20pm
Description: The student will attend talks during the semester, and choose a mathematical topic from one of them to investigate in detail. The student will write a wellrevised, comprehensive paper on this topic, including a literature review, description of technical details, and a summary and discussion.
Prerequisites: Either MATH 2110, 2130, or 2143; MATH 2410, 2420 or 2144; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800.
Offered: Fall Spring
Credits: 2

Description: The student will attend talks during the semester, and choose a mathematical topic from one of them to investigate in detail. The student will write a wellrevised, comprehensive paper on this topic, including a literature review, description of technical details, and a summary and discussion, building upong the writing experience in MATH 2784.
Prerequisites: MATH 2784(200); ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800.
Offered: Fall Spring
Credits: 2

Sections: Spring 2014 in Storrs Campus
Syllabus:
This course will partially satisfy the W criteria for math majors. You are required to
prepare a paper of at least 7.5 pages (doublespaced, 12pt font, 1in margins) of revised and edited work on a mathematical topic
this semester, written in accordance with common conventions in mathematics.
Taking the 2784/2794W sequence will satisfy the 15page requirement for a W credit.
The student will attend mathematical talks (i.e. UConn Math Club) during the
semester, and choose a mathematical topic from one of them to investigate in detail. The student
will write a wellrevised, comprehensive paper on this topic, including a literature review, description
of technical details, and a summary and discussion.
Attending the UConn Math Club is an integral part of the course. After each talk each student is required to write and submit a 12 paragraph summary of the talk. (Each student is expected to attend all talks. In case of a legitimate excuse, a 12 paragraph written explanation is required).
Grading: Your grade will be determined by 4 equallyweighted items:
 Attendance
and Participation in the UConn Math Club
(as scheduled),
 Written summaries of the UConn Math Club talks
(by the following Monday),
 Written paper first draft
(7.5 pages by Monday April 28),
 Written paper final draft
(7.5 pages by Monday May 12 at noon).
Your performance
will be judged both objectively and in comparison to your peers.
Course handouts are available to provide some sample math papers for you
to examine and some advice on mathematical writing. Read the sample papers and model
your format on those samples if you are unsure how to structure your paper.
Schedule:
The math talks from which you will select a paper topic can be found here.
Other class meetings will concern questions of writing.
UCONN Policy on Academic Misconduct. The University of Connecticut has a long history of academic quality and
integrity. Academic dishonesty  plagiarism on assignments or exams  is completely
unacceptable in any college environment, and will not be tolerated. Please refer to the University of
Connecticut's website on academic misconduct.
Some LaTeX files:
Sample paper:
LaTex with pictures:
Acknowledgments: I thankfully and respectfully acknowledge borrowing the materials for this course from Keith Conrad, Patrick Dragon, and Masha Gordina, in particular these sample papers:

Orders of Growth,

Irrationality of pi and e,

Relativistic Addition and Real Addition.
A good LaTeX package for PCs (using Windows) is MiKTeX,
which can be downloaded here; download and run `miktex basic installer'
(it takes a while to install). In the start menu of MiKTeX you want
to look for TeXworks and use that as your TeX interface. (An
introductory TeXworks website is here, explaining a bit about it.)
When typsetting a document with MiKTeX for the first time, be sure
to set pdftex to pdflatex.
Information about installing LaTeX for a Mac is here.
Information about downloading LaTeX for Windows can be found here. Another very package to use is
proTeXt.
An introduction to LaTeX as a .tex file
and as a .pdf file. (The extra file you
will need to download to see an imported image in the .tex file is here.)

A template for your paper in LaTeX as a .tex file and as a .pdf file.

A template for your outline in LaTeX as a .tex file.

The Not So Short
Introduction to LaTeX.
