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01:640:196 - Freshman-Sophomore Seminar

Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar: Reading, presentation, and discussion of mathematical topics.

This one-credit honors-level seminar is designed for first- and second-year students who are considering studies in advanced mathematics. There is also a Junior-Senior Seminar. These seminars satisfy requirements of the Honors Track in Mathematics.

The Freshman-Sophomore Seminar provides a glimpse into the world of mathematics that lies beyond elementary calculus. It aims to be informal, lively, and challenging.

Students are expected to participate actively by making presentations in the seminar, collaborating with other students in preparing talks, and contributing to discussions. Occasionally, we have guest speakers (professors and graduate students).

In the Spring 2018 semester, the seminar will focus on Proofs of Nonexistence (proofs of impossibility) and Proofs of Existence (constructions).

Admission to the Freshman-Sophomore Honors Seminar is by special permission. To apply, use the online special permission form for honors courses.

Questions may be addressed to Professors János Komlós and Michael Beals (Honors Committee chair).

Textbook and Syllabus

The textbook for Spring 2018 is ``Conjecture and Proof" by Miklós Laczkovics,



This seminar satisfies an honors track requirement.

This course is offered each Spring Semester.
Information will be available during the registration period, through the Honors Committee or the Undergraduate Office.

Schedule of Sections

Previous semesters:

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