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 2016 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting August 22)

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

TUESDAY and THURSDAY 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM and 2:00 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

Introduction to Limits
Computing with Limits
Limits at Infinity
Practice for Exam I
Key to Quiz 1
Key to Practice Exam I
Key to Exam I
What the Derivative Tells Us
Introduction to Differentiation
The Product and Quotient Rules
The Trigonometric Functions
The Chain Rule
Implicit Differentiation
Key to Quiz 2    
Extra Problems for Exam II
Derivatives of Inverse Functions
Key to Exam II
Absolute Extrema
The Derivative Tests
Reversing Differentiation
Practice for Exam III
Key to Practice Exam III
Key to Exam III
Practice for Exam IV
Key to Practice for Exam IV

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

Fall 2016 Teaching Schedule

Introduction to Topology (Math 4270-001 and 5270-001) 
This course provides an introduction to the branch of geometry known as topology.  Topics covered include open and closed sets, product spaces, metric spaces, continuity, separability axioms, and first and second countability.  This is a proof-based course in which you will be expected to write, present, and critique formal mathematical arguments.  This class meets Tuesday and Thursday in KOM 202 between 11:20 AM and 12:25 PM.



Calculus I (Math 1910-016 and 017) 
This is the first course in the Calculus sequence.  Topics covered in include limits, derivatives, related rates, definite and indefinite integrals, and applications.  Section 016 meets in KOM 104 Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 12:40 PM and 1:35  PM  as well as Tuesday between 1:00 PM and 1:55 PM.  Section 017 meets in KOM 104 Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 1:50 PM and 2:45  PM  as well as Thursday between 1:00 PM and 1:55 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





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)