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For My Students

My Courses

In Fall 2017 I am teaching:
           MATH 208 Mathematical Explorations which meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00-2:52pm;
           MATH 303 02 Probability which meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-1:52am.
If you are taking one of my courses, you can find information about the courses at Moodle. If you are not in one of these courses, and you would like to see me, send an email to make an appointment, or come by my office (Olin Science 477) and try your luck.

Office Hours

My office hours for Fall 2017 are: Monday 11am-noon, Thursday 10am-11am and 7pm-8:30pm (in Coleman 023 for MATH 303 students only), Friday 3pm-4pm. I enjoy helping students during office hours, so please come along. My office, Olin Science 477, is one floor above the math department office. You will get the most out of the experience if you bring your attempts at some relevant problems. If my office hours clash with your other commitments, I will see you by appointment (email me at adam.piggott@bucknell.edu or phone me at 570 577 1902) or you can try your luck by knocking (I am usually happy to help, but I might have to ask you to come back later if I am busy).

An A-Z of Trigonometry

Trigonometry is beautiful, particularly if you let yourself explore why things are true. To do this you will need precise definitions because these are the raw input to explanations. How can you explain something about the cosine function if you do not know exactly what the cosine function is? This document is an invitation to dicover/rediscover trigonometry from the basic ideas. * As with all "solutions", you should read each solution with a critical eye. Does the solution address the problem? Does it actually explain? Is it as good as your explanation? I am sure I can improve some of these explanations. Perhaps you can too. As a student of mathematics it is your responsibility to be an enthusiastic skeptic.

Applications of Linear Algebra

In the Fall of 2009 each student in Math 345 Linear Algebra was asked to create "a webpage which describes an application of Linear Algebra." Their brief was to write at a level such that the page can be read by a student who has completed Math 245 (our first course in Linear Algbera), but is yet to enjoy Math 345 (our second course in Linear Algebra). You can view the fruits of their labors by following the links below: