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 2014 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting January 16)



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

Review for Exam II
Key to Homework Quiz 12/13  
Algebra Review Introduction  
Algebra Review Unit 1
Algebra Review Unit 2  
Algebra Review Unit 3  
Trigonometry Investigation 1  
Trigonometry Investigation 2
Trigonometry Investigation 3
Trigonometry Investigation 4
Review for Exam IV
Review Key for Exam IV  


Spring 2014 Teaching Schedule

Ring Theory (Math 4530/5530-001) 
This is an advanced theory-based course which will explore ring theory and assumes completion of Math 4510.  Topics covered include fundamental definitions, classes of rings, subrings, ideals,  ring products and quotients, and ring homomorphisms.  This course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in KOM 123 between 4:20 PM and 5:35 PM.

Precalculus (Math 1730-005,010) 
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.  Both sections meet Monday through Thursday in COE 142.  Section 010 meets between 8:00 AM and 8:55 AM.  Section 005 meets between 9:10 AM and 10:05 AM Monday and Wednesday, and between 9:40 AM and 10:35 AM Tuesday and Thursday.  


Click here for Ring Theory Notes              Click here for Chapter II of Abstract Algebra





Help labs are provided for Math 1710, 1720, 1730, 1810, 1910, 1920, and 3110 in KOM 252 Monday through Friday.  The Help Lab will be open 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Friday.  Labs will be available from January 21 to May 1.

Instructive Math Videos for All Occasions



Lectures in Advanced Mathematics

Completions of Partial Information Systems  




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)