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 2016 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting January 18)


THURSDAY 12:30 PM - 2:30 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

Precalculus Competency Test
 Try Calculus I Practice Final.
 Try Calculus II Practice Final.
Try Calculus III Practice Final
 Try Trigonometry Practice Final.

Class Handouts

Introduction to Tangent Lines Derivatives Review
Working with Limits Antidifferentiation
Introducing the Derivative Overview of the Definite Integral
Key to Quiz Number 1 Practice for Exam I
What the Derivative Tells Us Applications of the Definite Integral
Derivative Formulas Part I Key to Practice Exam I
Derivative Formulas Part II Key to Exam I
The Trigonometric Functions Integration by Parts
The Chain Rule Integration and Trigonometry
Review for Exam II Integration and Rational Functions
Key to Quiz Number 2 Practice for Exam II
Absolute Extrema Key to Practice Exam II 
Relative Extrema Key to Exam II
Key to Exam II Improper Integrals     
Optimization Practice for Exam III
Key to Quiz Number 3 Taylor Polynomials and Series
Antidifferentiation Key to Exam III
Key to Quiz Number 4 Practice for Exam IV
Review for Exam III Key to Exam IV
Key to Review for Exam III Final Exam Review 
Key to Exam III

OAL Talk 02-07-2016

Spring 2016 Teaching Schedule

Calculus II (Math 1910-007) 
This iis the second course in the calculus sequence.  Topics covered include techniques of integration, modeling with definite integrals, basic differential equations, and sequences and series.  This course meets in KOM 105 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11:30 AM and 12:25 PM, and on Thursday between 11:20 AM and 12:15 PM..


Calculus I (Math 1910-003) 
This is the first course in the Calculus sequence.  Topics covered in include limits, derivatives, related rates, definite and indefinite integrals, and applications.  This course meets in KOM 222 Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:10 AM and 10:05 AM as well as Thursday between 9:40 AM and 10:35 AM.  



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



Math tutoring for MATH 1720, 1730, 1810, 1910, 1920 and 3110 will be in KOM 252.   Tutoring is conducted by Graduate Teaching Assistants and work study aids.  Tutoring will be available starting January 25 and will end April 28.  The lab is closed on weekends and scheduled MTSU holidays.  Students will sign in with the MTSU ID using the card reader at the door.  Forms for comments on the tutoring experience can be found at the sign-in table and turned in to the secretary in KOM 223D.  See http://www.mtsu.edu/math/students.php#tutoring for days and times. 

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





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)