M490 | 3091 | Larsen

P: M301 or M303, M413 (M413 may be concurrent), and consent of the instructor. This course will discuss general methods for attacking problems in mathematics as well as a wide range of special tricks and methods which have proven useful. The problems will be drawn from the elementary parts of algebra, geometry and analysis, but of course, elementary does not always mean easy. There are no formal prerequisites, but some prior experience in writing down proofs will be very helpful.