Math in the City

Fall 2010, Math 496 Section 004

Instructors   Grad Teaching Asst

Petronela Radu Stephen Hartke Michael Uhrig
Office: Avery Hall 239 Avery Hall 339 Avery Hall 313
Phone: 472-9130 472-7001 472-8242
Office Hours: 2:30-3:20pm MWF, or by appointment 12:30-1:20pm MWF, or by appointment 3:30-5:00pm M, 11:30am-12:30pm T, 9:30-10:20am W, 1:30-2:30 Th

Course Meeting Times: 11:30-12:20pm MWF in Burnett Hall Room 232.

General Information about the Course:

This is a modeling course offered to math and non-math majors and it is run in collaboration with local businesses, research or administrative centers in town. The mathematical content of the course is diverse. The difficulty of the topics will be perceived differently by students; each of you will discover that it depends a lot on your background, the way you think and communicate in mathematics. The discussions will be more beneficial if you keep up with the project on a regular basis. Do not hesitate to ask questions in or outside the class whenever in doubt about an argument, notation, etc. At the end of this course a successful student will not only have performed very well on the tasks during the semester, but s/he will be able to approach other real life problems that involve mathematics with more confidence.

This semester we will collaborate with Gene Hanlon, Recycling Coordinator from the city of Lincoln. You can find more information about recycling operations in Lincoln here. Data and additional support will also be provided by Von Busch and Sons and Recycling Enterprises.


Your final grade will be computed based on the following scheme.
20% Homeworks
30% Project participation (documented through student journals, communication with team and instructors, participation in the poster session)
35% Project (memos, intermediate drafts, final report)
15% Performance during oral presentation (understanding of the work, communication skills, quality of the slides)

Homework. The homework will be announced in class and posted on Blackboard. You are encouraged to discuss the problems with your colleagues, but you have to write your own solutions.

Memos. Students will be required to write periodical memos or updates to summarize the work they have done on the project, to present the issues they have encountered, and sketch the direction for future work.

Journals. After each lecture the students will record in their journals (electronic files that they will continuously update) comments and reflections about the material they have encountered, questions they may have, and different ideas related to the project.

Guidelines for grading the report.

All participants in a group project will receive the same grade, so it is important that each person in the group participates fully and equally.


At the end of the semester, the students will present their work on the project during the miniconference scheduled for December 3-4, 2010.

Students are expected to attend and make a poster at the Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference at Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Lincoln, on October 5, 2010.

ACE Certification

We are applying for ACE certification for Outcome 10, and we anticipate approval for this semester's offering.

ACE Outcome 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 472-3787 voice or TTY.