James B. Hart

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


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Spring 2015 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting January 20)

MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 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

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

Class Handouts

Exam I key (Version 1)  Review for Exam I 
Exam I key (Version 2)   
Function Notation Handout   
Function Composition Handout 
Review for Exam II   
Key to Review for Exam II   
Exam II key (Version 1)   
Exam II key (Version 2) 
Compound Interest Handout 
Continuous Growth Handout 
Exam II key (Retake)
Review for Exam III  
Key to Review for Exam III
Trigonometry Unit  
Exam III key (Version 1) 
Exam III key (Version 2)   
Handout for Sine and Cosine
Trigonometry Drill  


Spring 2015 Teaching Schedule

Abstract Algebra (Math 4510/5510 - 001) 
This is a proof-based course which will explore basic group theory.  This course assumes completion of Math 3460.  Topics covered include fundamental definitions, examples of groups, subgroups,  product and quotient groups, group homomorphisms, and group isomorphisms.  This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in KOM 205 between 9:40  AM and 11:05 AM.

Chapter 1 of Group Theory Notes                 Chapter 2 of Group Theory Notes 

Precalculus (Math 1730-001) 
This introductory course serves as the prerequisite for the Calculus sequence. Topics covered include basic algebra skills; definition of, and arithmetic for, functions; classes of functions; and applications.  This course meets in KOM 200 Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10:20 AM and 11:15 AM as well as Tuesday between 11:20 AM and 12:15 PM.  

IMPORTANT:  These sections of precalculus use the Pathways to Calculus workbook.  (The textbook is online only.)  The workbook includes an access code for the textbook and may be purchased in the bookstore or online at www.rationalreasoning.net.

Click here for Math 1730 Algebra Review.         Click here for PCA Scheduling Instructions

Link to Webwork Site


ALGEBRA PRETEST Monday January 26

Monday February 2 Turn in all homework for Unit 1

Friday February 6 Quiz 1  

Monday February 9 Turn in problems 1 15 for Unit 2

Monday February 16 Turn in problems 16 22 for Unit 2

Friday February 20 Quiz 2

Monday February 23 Turn in problems 1 14 for Unit 3

Monday March 2 Turn in problems 15 28 for Unit 3

Friday March 6 Quiz 3

Monday March 16 Turn in problems 1 10 for Unit 4

Monday March 23 Turn in problems 11 19 for Unit 4

Friday March 27 Quiz 4

Monday March 30 Turn in problems 1 12 for Unit 5

Monday April 6 Turn in problems 13 20 for Unit 5

Friday April 10 Quiz 5

Monday April 13 Turn in problems 1 12 for Unit 6

Monday April 20 Turn in problems 13 25 for Unit 6





Lab times to be announced.

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)