James B. Hart

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Office: KOM 226E    Phone: (615) 898-2402
Email: Jhart@mtsu.edu


Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.
                                        Dean Schlicter

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ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA. --- Palindromic sentence (see link below)


Fall 2019 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting August 26) 

TUESDAY and THURSDAY 9:30 AM -- 11:00 AM and 1:00 - 2:30 PM

MONDAY and WEDNESDAY 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Other times by appointment

In the event of severe weather or other emergency, class will meet unless the University is closed.  If Murfreesboro CITY SCHOOLS are closed, then graded activities will be postponed until the first day CITY SCHOOLS reopen.  New material covered during the postponement period will not be added to the postponed activities.  If needed, additional information will be sent to the class via the email addresses on my class roll.  

Class Links

Are You Ready for Calculus?
 Try Calculus I Practice Final.
 Try Calculus II Practice Final.
Try Calculus III Practice Final
 Try Trigonometry Practice Final.

Class Handouts

Investigation 1 Investigation 1 Investigation 1
Investigation 2 Investigation 2 Investigation 2
Investigation 3 Investigation 3 Investigation 3
Investigation 4 Investigation 4 Investigation 4
Investigation 5 Investigation 5 Investigation 5
Investigation 6 Investigation 6 Investigation 6
Investigation 7 Investigation 7 Review for Exam I
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Investigation 14 Investigation 14 Investigation 13  
Investigation 15 Investigation 14
Investigation 16 Investigation 15
Investigation 17 Investigation 16
Investigation 18 Investigation 17
Investigation 19 Investigation 18
Investigation 20 Investigation 19
Investigation 21 Investigation 20
EXAM I Practice Investigation 21
Investigation 22
Investigation 23
Investigation 24
Investigation 25
Investigation 26
Investigation 27
Investigation 28
Calculus I Applet I Investigation 29

OAL Talk 02-07-2016 MINDSET VIDEO
Foundations Slides Ways to Develop Growth Mindset
Quotient Groups Overview
PIPS Quick Summary
MTE-P Talk (2019)
AA Investigation

Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule

Calculus I (Math 1910-004) 
This is the first in a three-course sequence covering the calculus of the real numbers.  Topics covered include definitions, applications, and procedures for computing derivatives and antiderivatives along with an introduction to definite integrals.  This course meets in KOM 222 on Monday and Wednesday 1:50 - 2:45 PM and Tuesday and Thursday 2:40 - 3:35 PM.

Abstract Algebra I (Math 4510/5510-001) 
This course provides an introduction to the theory of groups.  Topics covered include basic definitions and examples, products and quotients of groups, and group homomorphisms.  Students are expected to construct formal proofs in this course.  This class meets Tuesday and Thursday in KOM 300 between 11:20 AM and 12:45 PM.

Senior Seminar (Math 4990 01)  
This capstone course for senior math majors provides an overview of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum.  Emphasis is on connections, relationships, and history.  Students are expected to research topics on their own, make frequent presentations in class, work in teams, and construct formal proofs, examples, or counterexamples as needed.  This class meets Tuesday and Thursday in KOM 225 between 8:00 and 9:25 AM.

Link to Senior Seminar Problems  (Math 4990)

Instructions for using KNEWTON          KNEWTON Class Link     (MATH 1910)






Math tutoring is available as a free service to MTSU students.  Tutoring is conducted by Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA’s), work study aids, and a faculty moderator.  

Dates and times to be announced


Tutoring for MATH 1010, 1410, 1420, 1630, and 1710 is offered in the Walker Library.  See http://www.mtsu.edu/studentsuccess for more information.


Tutors are not allowed to help with graded assignments.

Instructive Math Videos for All Occasions


MATHOLOGER (Informative Math Videos)


Lectures in Advanced Mathematics

Calc I     Abstact I     Abstract II    Fundamental Homomorphism Theorem  




Links to Professional Organizations

Stuff to Read

Edward Bulwer-Lytton Competition

Palindromic Sentences

Process Philosophy and Premonition (1986 Honors  Thesis)      Red Tide (A Short Story)
Solving Cubic and Quartic Equations      Residuated Lattices and Posets (Seminar Notes)





Personal Information

I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 18, 1963.  My earliest recollection is the assassination of M.L. King, Jr.  I thought someone had shot Burger King.  I attended J.L. McClellan High School (some years later), where I played bass clarinet in the marching band and learned how to type.  I also learned that if you mix every chemical in the chemistry lab together and pour it all down the sink, you can make a really great geyser (and get the building evacuated).

I fell in love with mathematics at Hendrix College, where I graduated with High Honors in 1986. (I stayed away from the chemistry lab.)  I got my doctorate in mathematics at Vanderbilt University in 1991, and I have been at MTSU since then.


Miss Kitty (1988-1999)

Buggs the Magnificat (1988-2005)