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The History and the Philosophy of this Site
I became interested in Internet-based instruction in 2001. I developed a set of videos for Calculus I which were used as the backbone of a course, MATH 2413, in 2006. I called it a "Now U-Try" course. Students viewed the videos at home; and class time was used exclusively for problem solving and discussion by students. Such an arrangement is nowadays called a "flipped" course. This was very effective but not so popular.
Since that experiment I have modified my policies so that my courses reflect an "open" environment. This means students have access to their handwritten lecture and problem notes on exams, other than that the classes are either traditional or lab-based and collaborative. Elaborate pre-requisite skills are delegated to a software whenever feasible. Open courses rely on a steady stream of substantial homework assignments, and these count heavily toward the final grade. Students benefit by making sure their notebooks are well-arranged and searchable, with index, table of contents, page numbers, definitions, theorems, graphs, methods, tables, examples, computer programs and worked-out problems.



To the Students:
We will make substantial use of Internet-based instruction; and you need to be aware that, as it is with most technological breakthroughs, there are major benefits as well as risks associated with being online. Some of the risks are related to privacy, digital security, psychological dependency, distracted driving, repetitive motion injury, ergonomic injury, and the drawbacks of being motionless. Students are expected to pro-actively guard against such risks. You may also want to read an article regarding effects of exposure to radio-frequency radiation.


  Miscellaneous and of Interest
  A. Mathematics of Democracy: Making Sense Out of Consensus. Is there a perfect voting system? Here is a surprising answer.
  Find about the mathematical mysteries of "the best" voting systems and the search for that holy grail.
  Article by Dana Mackenzie for Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
 B. Richard Feynmann, The Messenger Series, seven physics lectures for general audiences, 1964, Cornell University. Also .
 C. A homework from 3800 years ago. Calculate  2  to six decimal places!
 D. Nature by Numbers, Cristóbal Vila's fanciful tribute to the world of Fibonacci numbers.
 E. 3Blue1Brown, Grant Sanderson.
 F. Mathologer, Burkard Polster.
 G. Archimedes, Chris Rorres.
 H. A Walk in the Park, Malcolm Roger Smyth.
  I. Fractals of 3n+1, Inigo Quilez.
 J. Numbers and our world One, Two, Three, Four, Five, ...

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Partial Differential Equations, 4302/5325 Office Hours, Faculty/LU Schedule Student Email
Ordinary Differential Equations, 3301 Hints for Desmos Faculty Email
Numerical Analysis, 4315/5315 WebAssign Hints/Errors Calculators
Linear Algebra, 3328 Specialized Online Calculators Absence and Attendance
Pre Calculus II, 2312 Downloadable Software Recommendations
Calculus I, 2413 Online Course Repositories Appeals and Students' Data
Statistics, 1342 Games Class Regulations Sheet
Calculus II, 2414 Access Code Honor Code
Calculus III, 3435 Java Warning Late Homework
Precalculus I, 2311 Cost of Math Errors Student Resume
Real Analysis, 3380 On Learning Privacy Issues
Complex Analysis, 4310 Homework Help Votes, Time Extensions
Discrete Mathematics, 2305 Handwritten Math ForOfficeUse
TeX Evaluations
Competitions More FAQs

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Calculus I, Math 2413
Last update: Fall 2015.
  1. Resources:
    1. Video lectures by Maesumi, from prior years.
      Most of the apps in this link are Java based, so read the Java Warning below. The page is best viewed on Internet Explorer or FireFox or Adobe Reader.
    2. Calculus on Maxima (A Computer Algebra System is used to help with concept of calculus.)
    3. To review, or to check that you have the prerequisite for this course:
      Pre Calculus Text 3rd ed, or 4th Beta version, by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager.
      A short summary appears in First chapter of the text we use, by Larson.
    4. Help with homework and lectures:
      • Look up similar problems in the text.
      • WebAssign gives a chance to see a solution and then asks you to do a similar problem.
      • WebAssign may have a video for you to watch.
      • has solutions to most odd numbered problems of the text.
      • My lectures from prior years are available.
      • Mathematics department runs free tutoring in L209.
      • Study in a group. L209 can be a good place to start a study group.
      • DO ask your questions in class.
      • Submit questions via WebAssign.
      • Come to Office.
    5. Homework is to be done on WebAssign. Check WebAssign Hints 1 and WebAssign Hints 2
    6. Apps and demos
      1. Apps for Calculus I Marc Renault, Shippensburg University. GeoGebra-based.
      2. Kepler's Laws of Planetary Systems (needs Flash, use IE or allow Chrome to run Flash)
      3. epsilon-delta definition of limits 1. (GeoGebra) Use a function with small slope to improve visiblity.
      4. epsilon-delta definition of limits 2, (GeoGebra)
      5. Visual differentiation 1. Slide the dot on x-axis to see tangent line move.
      6. Visual differentiation 2. Design a polynomial by moving the seven red dots. Then take its derivative.
  2. Information:
    1. Calculus I Fall 2015 syllabus
    2. Homework list for this section will be gradually placed on WebAssign, (our list will be a bit different from the the departmental list )
    3. Homework is to be done on WebAssign. Check WebAssign Hints 1 and WebAssign Hints 2
    4. Book options: (There are several choices. If you have questions ask before purchasing anything.)
      1. The campus book stores sell the custom edition loose leaf version bundled with WebAssign for about $170. Follow the instruction that comes with your package. Loose leaf editions cannot be sold back to store once you open them.
      2. Another option is to buy the WebAssign directly from the publisher. If you are taking calculus I and II (and perhaps III) then you need the multi-term WebAssign. This sells for $118. WebAssign has the e-book version of the text. You need to be online to read the book. No offline/downloadable version is on WebAssign. Printing is allowed but is not efficient.
      3. If you buy WebAssign from third-party sellers or students make sure it is unused and check its "prefix" with the one for Larson 6th edition from this list WebAssign Prefix Check. (For example you can buy it from students who bought the package last year but their instructor did not use WebAssign.)
      4. Older editions of the text (with slightly different page and problem numbers etc) are also available online.
      5. To register your WebAssign you need a so called class key .
        For Math 2413 Section 4 class key is
      6. To purchase from the publisher of WebAssign and/or register go to WebAssign website. During registration
           Click on "STUDENT"
           Click on "I Have a Class Key"
           Use the class key written in red above.
        Check that my name (Maesumi) and your section 2413-4a or 2413-4b show up.
        When you buy from the publisher you generally have a grace/trial period of two weeks to pay, and another grace period to get a refund if you drop the course.
        Keep a record of your password. Do not register multiple times. Access code includes the e-book.
        For the multi-term version this is an LOE (lifetime of Edition) book giving you access so long as the current edition is in use. For a single term version it is just for this semester.


Linear Algebra, MATH 3328 (to be renamed MATH 2318 in Fall 2019)
Last update: Summer II, 2018
Section 10, M-F, 9:45-11:15, Galloway GB-246A, July 10-Aug 13.
Tentative test days: Fri July 20, Wed Aug 1, Mon Aug 13.
  1. Resources:
    1. Old Video Lectures WIN HTML + WMV or MAC/WIN PDF + MOV/MPEG, Maesumi, based on Richard Hill text.
    2. 3D Cartesian Coordinates
    3. 3D Vector Operation Plotter
    4. Linear combination of two vectors in 2d
    5. Span of two vectors in 3d use IE/Edge, or download and use flash.
    6. Force diagram for block on inclined plane
    7. Visualization of the intersection of three planes Wolfram Mathematica, requires CDF player, download file to run
    8. Linear Algebra Toolkit, Calculator by Przemyslaw Bogacki, Old Dominion University
    9. Linear Algebra Calculator, Gang XIAO.
    10. Interactive Linear Algebra Exercises, Gang XIAO. Enter "linear algebra" as a search term.
    11. Linear Algebra Demos, Bates College.
    12. Row Reducer, step-by-step Gaussian/elementary operations, by Dan Gries.
    13. Matrix Multiplcation Demo, Wolfram Mathematica,requires CDF player, download file to run.
    14. 2D Mapping of a region, D.Q. Nykamp, University of Minnesota. (Interactive)
    15. 2D Mapping of letter F, Wolfram Mathematica, requires CDF player, download file to run.
    16. 2D Mapping, P. Falstad. (Interactive).
    17. 3D Mapping, D.Q. Nykamp, University of Minnesota. (Partially interactive)
    18. Determining Eigenvectors by Exploration, D.Q. Nykamp, University of Minnesota.
    19. Exploration of Eigenvectors, Strang, MIT.
    20. T^N, a linear Algebra Game, Twist, Tumble and Travel to your Target; A Transformation Teaser by Andries van Dam and Jean R. Laleuf, Brown University
      (Picture of a house is given, you are to translate, rotate, reflect, and stretch it until it fits into a target image.)
    21. Coupled Oscillators triple spring (Matthew Collett) or double pendulum, Understanding this phenomena requires concepts from this course and 3301 (modeling of the physics as a system of second order differential equations and the eigen analysis of the resulting matrix).
    22. Essense of Linear Algebra, Grant Sanderson
    23. Spanning sets: Example of "Feasible Space" from other fields of science and engineering:
      Kinght Tour in Chess
      Robotic Arm
      Ray tracing
    24. A system has many interacting elements, as in a bridge: Bridge 1, Bridge 2, Bridge 3
    25. A linear system can be the result of a discretization process, breaking a continuous event into a finite set of interacting elements, as in a (N*M)^2 linear system resulting from a N*M imaginary grid for discretization of the steady state heat equation on a metal plate.
  2. Next Steps:
    If you are interested in a more advanced treatment there are many online resources for linear algebra. Here is a sample:
    1. 18.06 Linear Algebra, Dr. Strang, MIT, archived course.
    2. 18.06 Linear Algebra, Most recent class, MIT.
    3. Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers, Course, Robert van de Geijn, Dr. Maggie Myers, The University of Texas at Austin.
    4. Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers, (on edX platform), Course, Robert van de Geijn, Dr. Maggie Myers, The University of Texas at Austin.
    5. A First Course in Linear Algebra, textbook by Robert A. Beezer.
    6. Linear Algebra, textbook by Jim Heffereon.
    7. Introduction to Matrix Algebra, textbook by Autar Kaw.
    8. Elementary Linear Algebra, Lecture Notes, Keith Matthews.
    9. Vector Algebra, Interactive text by Duane Q. Nykamp, University of Minnesota.
  3. Information:
    1. Syllabus Linear Algebra Summer 2018 Section 01
    2. Homework is to be done on WebAssign. For syntax hints and dealing with errors check
      WebAssign Hints 1 and
      WebAssign Hints 2 and
      The first homework on webassign.
    3. Registration on WebAssign is required. Owning a physical copy of text is optional. Text book: Linear Algebra: A modern Introduction, 4e, by David Poole.
    4. Book and Access Options: You have several choices:
      1. Purchase WebAssign access code. It has ebook of text in it. $100 from WebAssign. The ebook is not downloadable, you have to be online to read it.
      2. Purchase custom package from KampusKorner or Campus Bookstore. It has loose leaf edition of textbook bundled with WebAssign. This costs about $50 more but is a better deal because you can read the text offline. Use a hole punch strengthener to reinforce the text and a binder to keep your book in good shape!
        Loose leaf textbooks usually cannot be sold once opened, but if you take good care of it KampusKorner or next semester students or some online sites "might" buy it back. Hopefully you become interested and read the whole book later!
      3. Purchase either one from third-party sellers. Unused/unregistered WebAssign access code (say from another course) might apply to this course as well. For the correct prefix Check Here. (This is a gray area so proceed with caution.) An older/used edition of text, typically available at nominal cost, can be useful for off-line reading.
      4. To purchase and/or register access code go to WebAssign website. During registration
           Click on "STUDENT"
           Click on "I Have a Class Key"
           Use the class key written in red below for Summer 2018. Enter each part in its box.
           Check that it is for Lamar, Linear Algebra, Maesumi, MATH 3328.
        When you buy directly from WebAssign you generally have a grace/trial period of two weeks to pay, and another period to get a refund if you drop the course.
        Keep your receipt.
        Keep a record of your password.
        Do not register multiple times.
        Enter your name as it is on class roll.
        This is an LOE (Lifetime of Edition) book giving you access so long as the current edition is in use.



Ordinary Differential Equations, MATH 3301
Last Update: Fall 2018.
Section 04, TR 2:20-3:40, Maes 212B
Tentative Exams dates: Thursday September 20, Tuesday October 16, Thursday November 8,
Final Tuesday December 11, 2-4:30.
    Online lecture for Tuesday Nov 20 class. Try one of these. Download and view. If you cannot view it then wait until we do it in class.
    Laplace transform of t^n f(t) WMV file format 28 MB. PC Microsoft format.
    Laplace transform of t^n f(t) MOV file format 170 MB. MAC/PC format.
  1. Lecture Notes for Fall 2018 (Easier to view on Internet Explorer or Edge)
    1. Section-2.2-Separable-Differential-Equations
    2. Section-2.1-Integrating-Factor-Method
    3. Section-1.1-Direction-Fields
    4. Section-1.1-Stability-and-Direction-Fields
    5. Section-1.1-2.3-Modeling-1st-Order-ODES
  2. Resources:
    1. Lineqr Equation Solver separate equations with a semi-colon ; use the fractional form of answe eg 1/3 instead of 0.33
    2. Direction Field Plotter, John Polking, Rice University.
      (You need to install JAVA/JRE first. Then tap on "dfield.jar" on above page and download to your computer.) A manual by Nancy Chan, Harvard, 2004.
      Software also works on Unix-type operating systems.
      For MAC, software works only on Mozilla. MAC has its own internal software called Grapher.
      Using Grapher on MAC for ODEs, Scott Taylor, Colby College.
    3. Desmos a graphing calculator, Usage Hints, User Guide, Help, YouTube Channel, Blog
    4. Multiple Integration by Parts, a short cut similar to the ladder tableau method.
    5. ODE Videos by Maesumi Win, HTML + WMV or Mac/Win HTML + MOV
    6. Students' solutions of some HW problems
    7. Publisher's companion web site for the text, 8th ed, 9th ed, 9th ed, +BVP, 10th ed, 10th ed, +BVP,
    8. Examples of fields: Velocity Field in Hurricane Sandy, Magnetic Field 1, Magnetic Field 2, Magnetic Field video, Electric Field +-, Gravitational Field Earth-Moon, Saturn's Polar Hexagonal Vortex,
    9. Direction Field Plotter for single and system of 2 equations, Darryl Nester, Bluffton University.
    10. Direction Field Plotter for 2nd order and a system of 2 1st order equations, Stefan Waner.
    11. Resonance Simulator, by Carl Wieman, University of Colorado. Requires Flash, or use IE.
    12. Coupled Oscillators triple spring or double pendulum. Understanding this phenomena requires concepts from this course (modeling of physical systems as ODEs) and linear algebra. N-Spring.
    13. Acoustics and wavesDan Russell, Penn State
    14. Beat Wolfram Mathematica, requires CDF player.
    15. Beats YouTube, SFC, Interference of two waves which have nearby frequencies causes beats. We will see this in section 3.7.
    16. A simple pendulum.
    17. Graphical solution of second order ODE Mathematica Widget.
    18. Physics Science Resource Center, Pearson Publications. May require Adobe Flash. Use IE.
    19. Differentiation and Integration Formulas, Review from Calculus I and II. You need to be comfortable with these formulas before you start this course.
    20. Partial Fraction Decomposition App, For use with some Laplace Transform problems.
    21. A basic Euler solver for y'=f(x,y), To run it you need an account at MathWorks.
      To get an account do as follows:
      Go to Lamar Matlab site
      Choose Cloud-Based
      Follow instructions (it will ask you to make an account at MathWorks, using your Lamar email address.)
      Once you have downloaded Matlab run it.
      Copy-paste the program in the Editor Window of Matlab and save it.
      Read the program to understand the steps.
      Run it in the Command Window by a command as indicated in the file you downloaded, e.g.
      Make sure you understand it well enough to be able to edit it for your assignments.
    22. Johann Bernoulli and The Cycloid MyPhysicsLab, Vsauce, MathCurve, MacTutor, 3Blue1brown,
    23. Oscillations of a Single Spring, EriK Neumann.
    24. Mechanical Oscillation, Wolfram Demonstration, CDF player required.
  3. Next Steps:
    If you are interested in a more advanced treatment there are many online resources for ODEs. Here are a few:
    1. ODE at MIT, Video of lectures given by Arthur Mattuck and Haynes Miller, mathlets by Huber Hohn, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Includes transcript, tools, exams, etc.
    2. Differential Equations in Action, Instructor: Jorn Loviscach, Course Developer: Miriam Swords Kalk.
    3. Differential Equations, KhanAcademy.
    4. Elementary Differential Equations with Boundary Value Problems, textbook by William E. Trench.
    5. Introduction to Differential Equations, textbook by Jeffrey R. Chasnov.
    6. Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations with Mathematica, An Integrated Multimedia Approach, By Gray, Mezzino and Pinsky.
  4. Information:
    1. ODE Syllabus Fall 2018
    2. ODE Homework is to be done on WebAssign. Check WebAssign Hints 1 and WebAssign Hints 2.
    3. If you buy WebAssign from third-party sellers or students make sure it is unused and check its prefix with WebAssign. (this is a gray area so proceed cautiously)
    4. To purchase an access code or to register go to WebAssign. During registration on this site
         Click on "STUDENT"
         Click on "I Have a Class Key"
         Use the class key written in red below. Enter each of the three pieces in its own box.
         Class Key for Fall 2018 ODE class is (check before paying to make sure you do not register in the wrong class!) :
               lamar     3328     8499
      Make sure you see my course in response confirming that you registered for the right course.
      Homework and ebook code from the publishing company is $90.70 for single term (not LOE). The ebook is not downloadable, you have to be online to read it.
      Any edition of the book is equally useful for offline reading.
      Some of the various editions look like these 8th ed, 9th ed, 9th ed, +BVP, 10th ed, 10th ed, +BVP,
      When purchased from the WebAssign company you generally have a grace/trial period of two weeks to pay, and another period to get a refund if you drop the course.
      Keep a record of your password.
      Do not register multiple times.
      If you are not registered and want to have access to this course's homework you need to come and see me. Multiple registrations and students who are not on roll will be removed.



Statistics, MATH 1342
Last Update: Summer I, 2017
  1. Information:
    1. Approximate Test Dates: Monday June 19, Friday June 30, Monday July 10.
    2. Syllabus Summer I 2017.
    3. Textbook: Collaborative Statistics, 2/e, Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean (online version is free through Open Educational Resources).
      If you want the print edition ($44.50+$6 S/H) you need to order it from Print on Demand. Before ordering check arrival time to make sure it suits your needs.
    4. Purchase of WebAssign access is required for this course ($27.95). During registration:
         Click on "STUDENT"
         Click on "I Have a Class Key"
    5. Homework is to be done on WebAssign. Check WebAssign Hints 1 and WebAssign Hints 2
    6. When you buy WebAssign access from the publisher's link above you generally have a grace/trial period of two weeks to pay, or get a refund if you drop from WebAssign, and hence from the course.
      Once done with registration check WebAssign Student Help Section to familiarize yourself, in particular pay attention to Browser Flash requirements.
      You have to check your WebAssign account on nightly basis for home work.
      Course material will be uploaded as the course progresses.
  2. Resources:
    1. Statistical Apps:
      1. Interactive calculators:
        1. Standard deviation calculator separate your data by commas .
        2. Grouped data calculator.
        3. Central tendency calculator, mean,mode,median, quartile,etc.
        4. Sample standard deviation from a grouped data with frequency Warning:
          the page uses letter sigma instead of letter s (it calculates sample standard deviation only but calls it sigma).
          Also your data has to be in group. If your data is 1,2,3 etc you ca make groups 0.5-1.5, 1.5-2.5, 2.5-3.5 etc so that midpoints are the actual data.
        5. Binomial Distribution Calculator. Matt Bognar, University of Iowa.
        6. Binomial and Cumulative Binomial Distribution App, David Irland, DI Management.
        7. Normal Distribution Calculator. Matt Bognar, University of Iowa.
        8. Normal Distribution Calculator, at the bottom of page. Give a,b, μ and σ get P(a < X < b) for a normal distribution.
        9. T Distribution Calculator, Matt Bognar, University of Iowa.
      2. Demos:
        1. PDF of Rolling n dice Kyle Siegrist, University of Alabama.
        2. Galton Board /Binomial Experiment, YouTube, marbles falling through pegs.
        3. Galton Board, YouTube, machine at entrance to Index Fund Advisors Building.
        4. Central Limit Theorem for Means, Distribution of averages from an arbitrary distribution approaches a normal distribution.
        5. Z vs t-distributions, (JAVA, use IE), As df increases they become same.
      3. Collections:
        1. Statistics Calculators, MathPortal.
        2. Statistical Apps, Matt Bognar, University of Iowa.
        3. Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR), University of California, Los Angeles.
        4. WISE,(Java, use IE), Web Interface for Statistics Education, Claremont Graduate University.
        5. Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics (Java, use IE), David Lane, Rice University.
        6. GapMinder, statistical information about the world.
        7. Random, Kyle Siegrist, University of Alabama.
    2. Statistical Tables:
      1. Cumulative Binomial Distribution Table, Xander Faber, University of Hawaii.
      2. Z Distribution Table, area from left, listed from middle.
      3. Z Distribution Table, area from left, listed from left to middle.
      4. Z Distribution Table, area from center, 5 digits, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST.
      5. T Distribution Table, NIST.
      6. Table for rolling three dice.
      7. Table of random numbers.
    3. Video Courses:
      1. Collaborative Statistics, YouTube videos by Illowsky (also available on iTunes for free, search for ``collaborative statistics'').
      2. Collaborative Statistics, course.
      3. Against All Odds, Annenberg Learner.
      4. Descriptive Statistics, Khan Academy.
      5. Basic Probability, Khan Academy.
      6. SticiGui, Professor Philip B. Stark, University of California, Berkeley.
      7. SurfStat, Professors Annette Dobson, Anne Young, Bob Giddard, University of Newcastle, Australia.
    4. Articles:
      1. Bayes' Theorem Dan Morris
      2. Monty Hall problem
      3. Probability puzzles

Pre Calculus II, MATH 2312


Last Update: Summer II 2018.
MATH 2312-10, M-F, 11:30-1, Galloway GB-246, July 10-Aug 13.
Approximate days for Exams: Fri July 20, Wed Aug 1, Mon Aug 13.
Syllabus, Precalculus II, Summer 2018
Pre Calculus 3rd edition, by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager. We will use this edition.
For each question in homework there is a solved example in the text. Read the text in parallel with homework to get the most benefit.
Pre Calculus 4th edition Beta version of the 4th edition of text.
  1. Resources:
    1. Pre Calculus Text by Carl Stitz and Jeff Zeager.
    2. YouTube Videos for quizzes related to the text.
    3. YouTube Videos by Dr. Sarah Eichhorn and Dr. Rachel Lehman, UC Irvine.
    4. Maesumi's trig course (HTML + WMV files for Win)
    5. University of Idaho course Parts A, B, C review Precalculus
  2. Apps:
    1. Reflection with respect to a line (GeoGebra)
      Choose/type the equation of a line
      x=0, i.e. y-axis, changing (x,y) to (-x,y) in an equation will reflect its graph in the y-axis, mirror or reflection line is x=0
      y=0, i.e. x-axis, changing (x,y) to (x,-y) in an equation will reflect its graph in the x-axis, mirror or reflection line is y=0
      y=x, i.e. 45-degree line, changing (x,y) to (y,x) in an equation will reflect its graph in the 45 degree line y=x
      y=-x, i.e. -45-degree line, changing (x,y) to (-y,-x) in an equation will reflect its graph in the -45 degree line y=-x
    2. Reflection with respect to a point (GeoGebra)
      changing (x,y) to (-x,-y) in an equation will reflect its graph in the origin,
           this is same as a double reflection, once in x-axis and a second time in y-axis, or a roation of 180 degrees
    3. Reflection in two lines (GeoGebra)
      A double reflection is equivalent to a rotation.
    4. Axis of symmetry of a vertical parabola (Desmos)
    5. Symmetry of a polyhedra (requires Mathematica CDF-Player)
    6. Symmetry of a chemical compound (choose a molecule from left menu, tap Operation on right menu)
      (Molecular Symmetry Wikipedia article)
    7. Conic sections (GeoGebra animation)
    8. Conic sections (Shodor animation)
    9. Conic sections (YouTube video)
    10. Transformations of a function y=cf(ax+b)+d (Desmos)
      * The base case is set by a=c=1, b=d=0,
        then adjust the paramters/sliders of the app so that it shows the following cases
      * Multiple actions have to be done in order specified, except
          actions in { } can be done in any order
          actions in horizontal and vertical directions can be done in any order.
      *If a variable z is replaced by az+b then movements in direction of z axis are according to (z-b)/a or z/a-b/a.
         That is move by -b and the scale by 1/a , or scale by 1/a and then move by -b/a.
         Alternatively you may have individual rules as listed below:
        Single Action
      1. y=f(x)+3, up by 3
      2. y=f(x)-3, down by 3
      3. y=3f(x), 3 times taller
      4. y=(1/3)f(x), 3 times shorter
      5. y=f(x+3), left by 3
      6. y=f(x-3), right by 3
      7. y=f(3x), 3 times faster or 3 times narrower
      8. y=f(x/3), 3 times slower or 3 times wider
      9. y=f(-x), reflect left/right, in y-axis
      10. y=-f(x), reflect up/down, in x-axis
      11. Multiple Actions
      12. y=-f(-x), reflect in origin, or {reflect in x-axis, reflect in y-axis}
      13. y=-3f(x), {3 times taller, reflect in x-axis}
      14. y=f(-3x), {3 times narrower, reflect in y-axis}
      15. y=f(2x+3), left by 3, then 2 times narrower
      16. y=f(2x+3), 2 times narrower then left by 3/2
      17. y=f(-2x+3), {reflect in y-axis, shrink horizontally by half}, move right by 3/2
      18. y=f(-2x+3), move left by 3, {reflect in y-axis, shrink horizontally by half}
      19. y=2f(x)+3, up by 3/2, then 2 times taller
      20. y=2f(x)+3, 2 times taller then up by 3
      21. y=-2f(x)+3, down by 3/2, then {2 times taller, reflect in x-axis}
      22. y=-2f(x)+3, {2 times taller, reflect in x-axis}, then up by 3
    11. Rotaion of a figure (GeoGebra)
      changing (x,y) in an equation to (-y,x) will rotate its graph by +90 degrees (ccw)
      changing (x,y) in an equation to (y,-x) will rotate its graph by -90 degrees (cw)
    12. A Exponential Function Story (Wikipedia,Wheat and Chessboard Problem)
    13. Angles on a Protractor 1, Angles on a Protractor 2
    14. Latitude and Longitude as a coordinate system on Earth (YouTube).
    15. GPS coordiantes an application of "degree, minute, second" or "DMS" convention.
    16. Wrapping the real number line on the unit circle (GeoGebra)
    17. Length and Area of a Sector (in radians) (GeoGebra)
    18. Area of a sector (in degrees) (GeoGebra)
    19. Graphs of Sine and Cosine (GeoGebra)
    20. Graphs of Trig Functions Notation: y=af(bx+c)+d, where f is a trig function, x in radians (GeoGebra)
    21. Graph of transformed sine function Notation: y=cf(ax+b)+d, x in radians (Desmos)
    22. Oscillation vs Rotation UNSW, Australia
    23. Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) demo by D. M. Harrison. Requires SWF Player.
    24. Side-Side-Angle or SSA demo, Solving a triangle (the two-solutions or ambigious case)
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waves Partial Differential Equations, MATH 4302/5325
Last Update: Fall 2018
Location and Time: MAES 212B, TR 11:10-12:30
Exams: Thursday September 20, Tuesday October 16, Thursday November 8, Final Thursday December 6, 11-1:30.

Online Lecture in place of Tuesday 20 class. Download and view.
An example of eigen function for Robin Boundary Condition WMV file format 34 MB. PC Microsoft format.
  1. Resources:
    1. Campus-wide licenses:
      1. MatLab
        Using your Lamar email make an account at MathWorks then go to Lamar Matlab Portal
        At above page, bottom left, you see two options,
        (1) "MATLAB Online" which allows you to program in web without downloading, and
        (2) "Download MATLAB" which allows you to download.
        IT says use a WIRED connection at home to perform this task,
        however I have done it on WiFi and downloaded overnight.
        More details are available at Installation Guide.
        MatLab also provides you with its own cloud storage site.
    2. Learning Matlab:
      1. MatTV, Charles F. Van Loan and K.-Y. Daisy Fan, Cornell University
      2. MathWorks Tutorials
      3. MathWorks MatLab Academy Tutorials
      4. Introduction to MatLab, Yossi Farjoun, MIT/OCW.
      5. MatLab Publish Tab, How to use MatLab to prepare a report or homework
      6. First MatLab homework: A basic Euler solver for y'=f(x,y), To run it you have three options:
        1) Use a lab computer which already has MatLab on it (Most CS and Eng computer labs do)
        2) Install Matlab to your own laptop
        3) Connect to cloud version of MatLab
        For options 2 and 3 you need an account at MathWorks.
        To get a MatLab account go to MathWorks, and register using your Lamar email address.
        Then go to Lamar Matlab site
        Choose Cloud-Based (or if you wish download the software to your home PC/laptop, this takes several hours so do it at home!)
        Follow instructions to complete the account.
        Open Matlab.
        Copy-paste the program in the Editor Window of Matlab and save it.
        Read the program to understand the steps.
        Run it in the Command Window, by using a command as indicated in the file you downloaded, e.g.
        Make sure you understand it well enough to be able to edit it for your assignments.
      7. Solving the heat equation using MatLab:
        A basic solver for u_t=u_xx,
    3. Learning Mathematica:
      1. Mathematica for Applied DEs , V. Dobrushkin
    4. Review of Prerequisite Topics:
      1. Partial Derivatives, Khan Academy
      2. Multiple Integration by Parts, a short cut similar to the ladder tableau method.
      3. Partial Derivatives Demo, GeoGebra, S. Phelps.
      4. Partial Derivative as Slope, GeoGebra, A.S. Alberca.
      5. Derectional Derivative, GeoGebra, A.S. Alberca.
      6. Specific Heat Capaity, Wikipedia.
      7. Thermal Conductivity, Wikipedia.
      8. Thermal Diffusivity, Wikipedia.
    5. Apps: (not Java-based)
      1. Mathematica Code and resulting movies for solving PDEs Peter J. Olver, U Minnesota.
      2. Fourier Series Numerical and graphical analysis.
      3. Integrator for all those Fourier series integration steps.
      4. PDE Solver for hand-drawn input. Luis Silvestre. University of Chicago.
      5. 3D plotting on WolframAlpha accepts expressions such as "sum (sin(n pi x/4) sinh(n pi y/10)) n=1:3"
      6. Direction Field Plotter, John Polking, Rice University.
        (You need to install JAVA/JRE first. Then tap on "dfield.jar" on above page and download to your computer.) A manual by Nancy Chan, Harvard, 2004.
        Software also works on Unix-type operating systems.
        For MAC, software works only on Mozilla. MAC has its own internal software called Grapher.
        Using Grapher on MAC for ODEs, Scott Taylor, Colby College.
      7. Direction Field Plotter for single and system of 2 equations, Darryl Nester, Bluffton University. This is web-based and does not require installation.
      8. Direction Field Plotter for 2nd order equations, or a system of two 1st order equations, Stefan Waner. Web-based.
    6. Demos:
      1. Waves Dan Russell, Penn State U.
      2. Types of Waves, Dan Russell, PSU. Longitudinal (spring, air, earthquake primary), Transverse (wire, earthquake secondary), water, Rayleigh (solid surface).
      3. Making waves with different boundary conditions, PhET. Neumann and Dirichlet Boundary conditions.
      4. Standing waves in air, Walter Fendt. Neumann and Dirichlet Boundary conditions.
      5. Standing wave, Geogebra.
      6. Demo of solution of Wave Equation for a plucked string, MIT.
      7. Physical demo of a plucked string, Dan Russell.
      8. A simple pendulum.
      9. Forced Oscillation 1 demo of resonance and beat.
      10. Forced Oscillation 2.
      11. Forced Oscillation 3 Mathematica CDF.
      12. Beat Mathematics CDF.
      13. Coupled oscillators: two masses and three springs or two pendulums connected by a spring,
      14. System Simulations, EriK Newmann
      15. Simulation of 2D pure-tone waves on the surface of a circular drum.
      16. Simulation of a 2D Wave on the surface of a circular drum.
      17. 2D waves on a rectangular membrance with damping.
  2. Next Steps: If you want to pursue the topic at a more advanced level there are many courses, texts and software available; in particular
    1. Courses:
      1. MIT 18.152, Jared Speck, Introductions to Partial Differential Equations class notes.
      2. MIT 18.152, Tobias Colding, Introductions to Partial Differential Equations class notes.
      3. MIT 18.303, Matthew Hancock, Linear Partial Differential Equations class notes.
      4. MIT 18.303, Steven G. Johnson, Linear Partial Differential Equations; Analysis and Numerics class notes + Introduction to Julia Language.
      5. Partial Diffferential Equations Videos by Chris Tisdell, University of New South Wales, Australia.
      6. Maesumi, Introductions to Partial Differential Equations Old lecture site.
    2. Texts and notes:
      1. Physical Modeling in Matlab By Allen B. Downey
      2. 1D Heat Equation Matthew J. Hancock, MIT.
      3. A First Course in Quasi-Linear Partial Differential EQuations for Physical Sciences and Engineering Marcel B Finan, Arkansas Tech.
      4. Publisher's companion web site for DiPrima's ODE+BC, 8th ed, 9th ed, 9th ed, +BVP, 10th ed, 10th ed, +BVP,
    3. PDEs via standard software packages:
      1. Mathematica Wolfram
      2. Mathematica Wolfram DSolve
      3. Mathematica N. Abbasi
      4. Mathematica D. Garanin
      5. Maple Waterloo Maple
      6. Matlab MathWorks
      7. ScholarPedia matlab-based basic solvers
    4. PDEs via advanced software packages:
      1. OPM porous media flow.
      2. MFEM
      3. FEAtool MultiPhysics
      4. FEAtool MultiPhysics Python FEM and MultiPhysics Simulations with FeniCS and FEATool
      5. FEM, FeniCS FEM course based on FeniCS.
      6. redbKIT toolbox for finite element simulation.
      7. Deal.ii FEM library
      8. Dune Distributed and Unified Numerics Environment
      9. K-Wave Matlab tool box for simulation of acoustic wave fields
      10. Trilinos multi-physics
      11. HiFlow FEM
      12. hp-FEM
      13. Alberta
      14. Overture
      15. SINTEF/MRST Flow in porous media, secondary recovery
      16. GAMS Fortran-based
  3. Information:
    1. Syllabus
    2. Preferred background: Recent and successful completion of :
      Physics I,II,
      Calculus I,II,III,
      Linear Algebra,
      Ordinary Differential Equations,
      and a programming course (any of the following would do: Python, C, C++, Java).
      In particular familiarity with the sections on Forced Oscillations and Systems of ODEs in 3301.
    3. Approximate Test Dates: Approximate days for Exams: Thursday September 20, Tuesday October 16, Thursday November 8, Final Thursday December 6, 11-1:30.
    4. Text: Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Sixth Edition, by Dennis G. Zill
      The older editions were authored by Dennis G. Zill and Michael R. Cullen
    5. WebAssign Access code for homework is required. ebook is part of access code.
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         Click on "STUDENT"
         Click on "I Have a Class Key"
         Use the class key written in red below. Enter each part in its box.
         Class Key for Fall 2018 PDE class is (check before paying to make sure you do not register in the wrong class!)
         lamar    2637    9613
    6. Basic homework is done on WebAssign. Check WebAssign Hints 1 and WebAssign Hints 2
    7. Other Recommended texts:
      Elementary Applied Partial Differential Equations, Haberman
      Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Zill, Cullen
      Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Boyce and DiPrima
      Partial Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers, Farlow (available in campus bookstore or from Dover Publications)

Numerical Analysis, MATH 4315/5325


  1. Resources:
    1. MathWorks Tutorials
    2. MathWorks Matlab Academy Tutorials
    3. Introduction to MATLAB Yossi Farjoun, MIT/OCW.
    4. Physical Modeling in Matlab By Allen B. Downey
    5. An Introduction to Numerical Methods and Analysis by James E. Epperson.
      Basin of Newton Method is detailed in Chapter 5.
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    Learning how to learn
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    Some excerpts. Tips on how to study.

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    Wolfram Alpha
    Desmos, User Guide, Help, YouTube Channel, Blog
    Function Calculator by Xiao Gang
    Note: many calculators do not do roots of negatives, eg (-8)^(1/3), if so then use -(8^(1/3))
    3D plotting:
         CalcPlot3D, Paul Seeburger
         Type the formula in Google search
         Desmos 1
         Desmos 2
    Direction Field Plotter
          D.K. Nester, Bluffon University
    For using Wolfram/Mathematica-based applets you need to download the following:
         Mathematica Computable Document Format (CDF) Player.
         For example, try the following demo
         Newton Law of Cooling. Download the CDF file and run it with the CDF-player. Compatibility list.

    Symbolic representation of decimal numbers: WayBack, ISC, REIS, WolframAlpha use command "closed form 1.4142135".
    Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences

    Computer Algebra/Numerical/Graphical/Display Software (these require download, installation and yearly verification, some have web-based version)
    Campus-wide licenses for Lamar students:
    1. Matlab

    Free software:
    1. Direction Field Plotter, manual. For MAC install using Mozilla or use Grapher
    2. Scilab A numerical computation software, similar to Matlab
    3. Octave A numerical computation software, similar to Matlab
    4. Windows 64 bit Installer for Sage, A comprehensive numerical computation software
    5. Julia A numerical computation software
    6. Maxima A computer algebra system, Calculus on Maxima
    7. GeoGebra A geometry software
    8. Cinderella A visual math and physics software
    9. R Project A statistics software
    10. Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 An advanced graphing calculator
    11. Graphing Calculator 3D, Runiter.

    The following (as well as 32 bit Sage) may require the instalation of a Virtual Machine:
    SAS Statistics Analysis System

    Packages with discounts for students:
    MATLAB A numerical computation software, Student Version
    Maple A comprehensive mathematics software, Student version
    Wolfram Mathematica A comprehensive computer algebra system, Student version

    CDF / Computable Document Format Viewer Wolfram Mathematica
    Maple Viewer Waterloo Maple
    ShockWave Player Adobe (open Task Manager and close ALL instances of your browser to install)

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    Report of work in progress on SouthForge.
    Comparison of Integractive Geometry Systems, Wikipedia.

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    Udacity fee-based and free courses

    WIMS20, Pegs, The Game of Set, The Ultimate Tic Tac Toe, Entanglement, Nim 1, Northcott, Towers of Hanoi, Scratch-based games,
    Use IE or update Flash first for these:Catlan, Nim 2,
    Visual Programming:
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    Putnam Competition
    Internet Olympiad
    International Collegiate Programming Contest
    AMC - American Mathematics Competitions
    Wikipedia List of Math Competitions
    Wikipedia List of Programming Competitions

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    WORD or Matlab Publisher are two common choices.
    Students who are in MS program or contemplating entering one, and more so those who wish to get a PhD, should learn TeX.
    Expect to spend as much time as a course for learning TeX. So you want to start early and gradually improve your skill.
    Here are some resources among many:
    TeX Tutorial
    TeX commands
    MiKTeX Distribution

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    1. Piecewise-defined and Step functions
      Example: In Desmos type y(x)= { -2< x< 0 : x+2, 0< x < 2 : 2-x}
      Syntax: y={ simple inequality 1 : formula 1 , simple inequality 2 : formula 2 , simple inequality 3 : formula 3 }
      Note the usage of braces, colon, comma.
      To define the unit step function use
      u(t)= { t < 0 : 0 , t > 0 :1}
      Then instead of u_c(t) use u(t-c)
      here is an extended example for lengthy functions
      u(t)= { t < 0 : 0 , t > 0 :1}
      f(t)= t/(1+t^2)
      g(t)= 7sin(3t)
      h(t)= 5cos(2t)

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      3. Use the wrench icon to modify the x window. For example if in step (a) the root of interest was 2.1 now make sure the window includes 210=2.1*100.
        There is an inequality like -10 < x < 10 when you click on the wrench, change it to 205 < x < 215, play with window or the zoom to clearly see the intersection.
        Now Desmos shows the root to 5 digits. Record this root and divide it by 100.

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      3. In the lower limit you enter the starting value of n, probably 1.
      4. In the upper limit you can enter N, to indicate that you want to addd up N terms.
      5. Then you enter your formula , in terms of x and n, e.g. sin (n pi x) / n^2
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    Java-based applets error messages:
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    The Cost of Math/Engineering Errors:
    (Or what can happen to you if your teacher gives partial credit to the person sitting next to you!
    Or if we hesitate to withhold credit from a "master".)
    A nutjob
    Pounds vs kilograms
    Another pounds vs kilograms story
    1/2 or 2/1? That is the question!
    How many decimal places you said!?
    What not to learn from a "master"
    One-Time Excusable Errors:
    How not to make waves
    Why not to square the circle

    University and Faculty Schedule: Fall 2018, Classes: August 27 - December 4, Exams December 5-11 .

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    Teaching and exam Schedule:
    Ordinary Differential Equations, MATH 3301-04, Maes 212B, TR 2:20-3:40.
    Approximate days for Exams: Thursday September 20, Tuesday October 16, Thursday November 8, Final Tuesday December 11, 2-4:30.

    Partial Differential Equations, MATH 4302-01, MATH 5325-01, Maes 212B, TR 11:10-12:30.
    Approximate days for Exams: Thursday September 20, Tuesday October 16, Thursday November 8, Final Thursday December 6, 11-1:30.

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    Give the paper to me at the end of final.
    If you are taking multiple classes from me print one sheet per each class.
    1) Do not print your private answers!
    2) Do not give the paper to me earlier or later than final
    3) Do not forget to write and circle your name and class name clearly on the paper
    If you have technical problems with doing the survey contact Mr. Rossi at X-7143.
    Remember: you cannot take the survey after classes end
    you need to do it before the finals start!
    Sorry, no exception to this rule!!
    Neither Mr Rossi nor I can help in that case.

    The following categories get a frown instead of the bonus points
    "I left it in the car"
    "I did not have toner for my printer"
    "I could not find a printer on campus that works"
    "Here is a screen shot"

    Honor Code:
    The Golden Rule : You should be able to repoduce, all by yourself, and without any additional help, whatever you write on an assignment or exam or project.
    That means I am within my rights to ask you to go to board and redo whatever you wrote.
    I am also within my rights to ask you to take a test again.

    To avoid misunderstanding during an exam pay attention to the following common sense rules:
    Do not look sideways, you are to look at your own papers or screen and protect them from others.
    Your face should be visible to the instructor.
    No obstruction of face by sunglasses, hair, hand, caps, etc.
    No obstruction of ears by musical devices, ear muffs, hoodies.
    Bring an official picture ID (Lamar or DL) to all tests.
    Use of printed sheets, cell phones, advanced calculators, shared calculators or loose paper is forbidden on tests.
    Use of unauthorized websites and communication with others is not acceptable during tests and may result in a grade of F for the course.
    All authorized sites will be listed on the exam, any other is unauthorized. Use of homework pages of WebAssign is NOT authorized.
    Do not give your WebAssign passwords to any other person for any reason.
    Unauthorized logins to WebAssign may result in a grade of F for the course for you.

    Fair Use Policy: (or how to get help and not be in trouble with plagiarism rules):
    Students are encouraged to try do the homework problems, take-home tests, and projects without seeking help.
    But it is OK to consult other students and resources to learn how to solve homework problems or take-home projects or papers.
    If you want to seek help on a problem the acceptable process is the following:
    (a) Throw away whatever you have written on that problem so far.
    (b) Consult with as many resources as you wish, make sure you understand what you read or hear or see.
    (c) Write the solution of the problem all by yourself without listening to or looking at any other source. Your new writing must be from scratch and from the beginning.
    (d) If you get stuck again go back to step (a).
    At the end you should be able to reproduce and justify the steps of the solution you submit. For example by coming to the board and explaining it.
    See the penalty schedule for cost of infractions. University Academic Honesty rules apply.

    Student Resume
    Students are to prepare a one-page resume specific to this course. Please convert it to PDF format.
    You will upload it to a WebAssign homework assignment labeled Resume, under "Show My Work".
    At the top please put an ID-type photo and add name, email, major, minor, then add details of relevant courses, then add the optinal items.
    Resume will detail (where, when) the math courses you have taken, related science courses, major, second/double major/minor, expected date of graduation, jobs, responsibilities, skills.
    Any issues I need to be aware of should go on this page at the beginning of semester. You are invited to come and talk to me if you do not feel comfortable writing it.
    If you attend two of my classes upload one for each.

    Votes, Time Extensions
    Occasionally we may have votes in class. In these cases we go by the vote of students who are present in class. As a courtesy to all students, and at instructor's discretion, the vote might be conducted via an email. Students will have 24 hours to respond. Failure to respond indicates the student will accept the vote already cast.
    Time Extensions: On some tests you may be given a time extension. The extensions will be given in increments of 5 minutes. So long as it does not conflict with the next class, and exiting students do not object.

    For absence from an exam you need a written verifiable proof. In case of early contact, and at instructor's discretion, a make up exam might be give. Please note that for a make up exam several issues cannot be guaranteed: date, time, a quiet room, level of difficulty, etc.
    In case of extensive justifiable absence an adjusted mix of your other exam grades may substitute the missing grade.
    To reduce the negative impact of absence from classes have a buddy system to provide you with missing notes, latest news, coverage report, etc. Students with excessive unjustified absence may not use office hours for homework help.

    Last date of attendance:
    For a failing students the instructor has to report the last date of attendance. I will enter the last date at which the student had a passing grade. Therefore it is important for students who are on "scholarship", or need to prove attendance, to regularly meet me and submit all homework and attend all classes. Sporadic presence in tests or classes will not be considered a proof of attendance.

    For a strong recommendation letter students need to choose a project, early in semester, in consultation with the instructor and write a report. The report need to be nearly finished, well in advance of the recommendation. Interested students need to come and see me with a resume, a transcript, sample of work, and a list of topics of interest.

    If you come across an assignment with a title/name of "ForOfficeUse" ignore it unless you have specific instructions. Any grades or anomalies with respect to such assignments will disappear within a week.

    More FAQs
    Registration issues:
    1- Students are strongly discouraged from late registration. Students are expected to be present on the first day of classes.
    2- No "Late Add" is allowed.
    3- If your registration is in limbo you are to continue attending classes as usual.
    DRC issues:
    1- Students who are considering to use DRC are to consult with me at the earliest possible time and have DRC send the notification at least one week in advance of any test.
    2- It is the students responsibility to arrange for their test well in advance.
    3- It is responsibility of the student to make sure, well in advance of any test, that the computer they will use has all the software we use in class.
    Exam issues:
    1- Students are to bring a Blue Book examination notebook to each test, otherwise there will be a deduction of 20%.
    2- If you fail to submit your work on WebAssign in allotted time there will be a deduction of 20% plus any irrocoverable points lost. You could end up with a zero grade.