James B. Hart

Graduate Program Coordinator
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 2023 

OFFICE HOURS (Starting January 17) 

Monday - Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

I can meet via Zoom upon request during these office hours 

Evening and weekend Zoom meetings available by appointment only

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

Are You Ready for Calculus?
 Try Calculus I Practice Final.
 Try Calculus II Practice Final.
Try Calculus III Practice Final
 Try Trigonometry Practice Final.

COVID-19 University Policy

Attendance: Students should not attend an on-ground, in-person class if they are ill, have any symptoms listed in the PreClass COVID-19 Self-Assessment, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with others who have tested positive. If they have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has, they should self-quarantine. Students are expected to keep their instructors informed regarding their status when they are absent from class and act with good faith and honesty when determining whether or not they attend class. For more information, visit MTSU Policies

Masking: Masking and social distancing are currently optional; however, this can change per CDC guidelines and administrative mandate.  Ventilation in Kirksey Old Main is not the best; I will be wearing a mask during class and recommend you do the same regardless of vaccination status. 

Zoom behavior: University Policy 540 Student Conduct stipulates that appropriate behavior is required both in person and online. Appropriate language and attire are required on Zoom, both in lecture and break-out rooms. For additional guidance on MTSU rules, facilities, and schedules, visit MTSU Coronavirus Response.

OAL Talk 02-07-2016 MINDSET VIDEO
Foundations Slides Ways to Develop Growth Mindset
Quotient Groups Overview
PIPS Quick Summary
MTE-P Talk (2019)
AA Investigation

Spring 2023 Teaching Schedule

Senior Seminar (Math 4990- 001)    
This course allows senior mathematics majors the opportunity to review and make connections between the various courses they have taken while also preparing for the Major Field Test in Mathematics. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 9:25 AM in KOM 300.

Abstract Algebra I (Math 4510 001) 
This course provides an introduction to group theory while providing additional exposure to proof-writing. Topics covered include functions and relations, properties of groups, group homomorphisms and isomorphisms, subgroups, and product groups. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:40 AM to 11:05 AM in KOM 202.

Linear Algebra I (Math 2010 003) 
This course provides an introduction to the mathematics of matrices and vectors. Topics covered include systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, abstract vector spaces, inner product spaces, and linear transformations. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:20 AM to 12:45 PM in KOM 324.


Precalculus ALEKS Information Page    Calculus I ALEKS Information Page






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.  

Dates and times to be announced


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


MATHOLOGER (Informative Math Videos)


Lectures in Advanced Mathematics

Calc I     Abstact I     Abstract II    Fundamental Homomorphism Theorem  




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)