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)


Spring 2018 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting January 16)

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY 1:00 -- 3:00 PM 

TUESDAY and THURSDAY 1:00 -- 3:00 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 2 Investigation 2
Investigation 3 Investigation 3
Investigation 4 Investigation 4
Investigation 5 Investigation 5
Investigation 6 Investigation 6
Investigation 7 Review for Exam I
Investigation 8 Investigation 7
Investigation 9 Investigation 8
Investigation 10 Investigation 9
Investigation 11 Investigation 10
Investigation 12 Investigation 11
Investigation 13 Investigation 12
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
Investigation 22 Investigation 21
Investigation 23 Investigation 22
Investigation 24 Investigation 23
Investigation 25 Investigation 24
Investigation 26 Investigation 25
Calculus I Applet I

OAL Talk 02-07-2016 MINDSET VIDEO
Foundations Slides Ways to Develop Growth Mindset

Spring 2018 Teaching Schedule

Abstract Algebra I (Math 4510-001 and 5510-001)
This course provides an introduction to the theory of groups.  Topics covered include operations on sets, fundamental group concepts, examples of groups, homomorphisms, subgroups, products of groups, and quotient groups.  Students are expected to construct formal proofs in this course.  This class meets Tuesday and Thursday in KOM 302 between 9:40 AM and 11:05 AM.

Abstract Algebra II (Math 4530-001 and 5530-001)
This course is a continuation of Abstract Algebra I.  Topics covered include quotient groups,  fundamental ring concepts, examples of rings, ring homomorphisms, subrings, products of rings, quotient rings, and ring ideals.  Students are expected to construct formal proofs in this course.  This class meets Tuesday and Thursday in KOM 302 between 4:20 PM and 5:45 PM.

Calculus I (Math 1910-H01 ) 
This is the first course in the Calculus sequence.  Topics covered in include limits, derivatives, related rates, definite and indefinite integrals, and applications.  Section H01 meets in KOM 222 Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:20 AM and 11:05  AM  and Tuesday 11:20 AM -- 12:15  PM

Help Sessions for Calculus I --- KOM 204  Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM  Thursdays 2:00 - 3:00 PM  Fridays 12:30 - 1:30 PM



UNIT 1     UNIT 2    UNIT 3    UNIT 4    UNIT 5    UNIT 6    UNIT 7    UNIT 8



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.  Tutoring for MATH 1720, 1730, 1810, 1910, 1920 and 3110 will be in KOM 252.  Tutoring will begin on August 29. The hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday 9:00 to 5:00 and Friday 10:00 to 12:00.  Students will need to sign in using their MTSU ID. 


Specialized tutoring for MATH 1730 will also be available in KOM 204  on Monday 10-12 and 3-4, Tuesday 12 – 4, Wednesday 10-11 and 3-4, and Thursday 12 – 3.


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



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)