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John Bush
Mon-Fri, Jan 5-9, 12-16, 20-23, 26-30, 12-01:00pm, 54-100, Recitation: TR 10am or 2pm

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
No listeners
Prereq: GIR:CAL1
Level: U 12 units Standard A - F Grading   

First half is taught during the last six weeks of the Fall term; covers material in the first half of 18.02 (through double integrals). Second half of 18.02A can be taken either during IAP (daily lectures) or during the first half of the Spring term; it covers the remaining material in 18.02. Contact: Galina Lastovkina, 2-108, x3-4977, galina@math.mit.edu

Mathematics Lecture Series
John Bush
Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: GIR:CAL1
Level: U 6 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Ten lectures by mathematics faculty members on interesting topics from both classical and modern mathematics. All lectures accessible to students with calculus background and an interest in mathematics. At each lecture, reading and exercises are assigned. Students prepare these for discussion in a weekly problem session.
Students taking 18.095 for credit are expected to attend regularly and to do problem sets. Recitation Thursday at 10:30 or 1:00.
Contact: John Bush, 2-392, x3-4387, bush@math.mit.edu

Soap Films, Minimal Surfaces and the First Fields Medal
Tomasz Mrowka
Mon Jan 5, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Calculus of Finite Differences
Lionel Levine
Wed Jan 7, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Numerical Integration and the Redemption of the Trapezoidal Rule
Steven Johnson
Fri Jan 9, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Mathematical Proof as a Literary Genre
Paul Seidel
Mon Jan 12, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

The Prime Number Theorem
Sigurdur Helgason
Wed Jan 14, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Modeling Traffic Flow
Aslan Kasimov and Benjamin Seibold
Fri Jan 16, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Introduction of Computational Molecular Biology
Jerome Waldispuhl
Wed Jan 21, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Fractional Integration
Victor Guillemin
Fri Jan 23, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

An Introduction to Catalan Numbers
Richard Stanley
Mon Jan 26, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Integers and Sequences
Tanya Khovanova
Wed Jan 28, 01-02:30pm, 2-190

Independent Activities
Street-Fighting Mathematics
Sanjoy Mahajan
Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, 11am-12:00pm, 4-231

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 57 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: Permission of instructor or 18.01 or equivalent
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

Studies or special individual reading arranged in consultation with individual faculty members and subject to departmental approval.
The art of guessing results and solving problems without doing a proof or an exact calculation. Techniques include extreme-cases reasoning, dimensional analysis, successive approximation, discretization, generalization, and pictorial analysis. Application to mental calculation, solid geometry, musical intervals, logarithms, integration, infinite series, solitaire, and differential equations. (No epsilons or deltas are harmed by taking this course.)
Web: http://mit.edu/18.098/
Contact: Sanjoy Mahajan, 5-122, x3-0602, sanjoy@mit.edu

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