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 2015 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting August 24)

MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM - 3:30 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 the Tangent Line Unit 1 Activity 1
Computing with Limits  Unit 1 Activity 2
Introducing the Derivative  Unit 1 Activity 3          HW Assignment 1
Key to Quiz Number 1 Unit 1 Activity 4           HW Assignment 2
What the Derivative Can Tell Us  Unit 1 Activity 5          HW Assignment 3
Key to Exam Number 1  Unit 1 Activity 6          HW Assignment 4
Key to Quiz Number 2
Key to Exam Number 2 
Unit 1 Activity 7           HW Assignment 5  Key
                                  HW Assignment 6
                                  HW Assignment 7
Derivative Worksheet Unit 1 Activity 8            HW Assignment 8  Key  
The Chain Rule Unit 2 Activity 1          HW Assignment 9   
Tangent Line Approximations Unit 2 Activity 2          HW Assignment 10
                                 HW Assignment 11
Key to Quiz Number 3 Unit 2 Activity 3          HW Assignment 12
                                HW Assignment 13  Key
Absolute and Relative Extrema Unit 3 Activity 1          HW Assignment 14 
LHopital's Rule Unit 3 Activity 2          HW Assignment 15
Derivative Tests Unit 3 Activity 3          HW Assignment 16  Table       
Optimization Unit 3 Activity 4 
Antidifferentiation Take Home Exam II 
Key to Quiz Number 4
Practice for Exam III  
Key to Practice for Exam III  
Key to Exam Number 3
Key to Practice Problems
Practice for Exam IV

Professional Development Workshop 08-13-15

Fall 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 158 between 11:20  AM and 12:45 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 12:40 PM and 1:35  PM as well as Tuesday between 1:00 PM and 1:55 PM.  




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





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)