Robert Tubbs' current research is focused on mathematics and the humanities (especially literature and mathematics), transcendental number theory, and mathematics education.
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MATH 1300  Calculus 1
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Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Topics include limits, derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of the derivative, integration and applications of the definite integral. Students who have already earned college credit for calculus 1 are eligible to enroll in this course if they want to solidify their knowledge base in calculus 1. For more information about the math placement referred to in the "Enrollment Requirements", contact your academic advisor. Degree credit not granted for this course and APPM 1345 or APPM 1350 or ECON 1088 MATH 1081 or MATH 1310 or MATH 1330.
MATH 2001  Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
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Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
Introduces the ideas of rigor and proof through an examination of basic set theory, existential and universal quantifiers, elementary counting, discrete probability, and additional topics. Credit not granted for this course and MATH 2002.
MATH 3001  Analysis 1
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Fall 2021
Provides a rigorous treatment of the basic results from elementary Calculus. Topics include the topology of the real line, sequences of numbers, continuous functions, differentiable functions and the Riemann integral.
MATH 3110  Introduction to Theory of Numbers
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Spring 2021
Studies the set of integers, focusing on divisibility, congruences, arithmetic functions, sums of squares, quadratic residues and reciprocity, and elementary results on distributions of primes.
MATH 3850  Seminar in Guided Mathematics Instruction
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Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Provides learning assistants with an opportunity to analyze assessment data for formative purposes and develop instructional plans as a result of these analyses. These formative assessment analyses will build on the literature in the learning sciences. Students gain direct experiences interacting with the tools of the trade, especially with actual assessment data and models of instruction. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours. Restricted to learning assistants in Math.
MATH 4820  History of Mathematical Ideas
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Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
Examines the evolution of a few mathematical concepts (e.g., number, geometric continuum, or proof), with an emphasis on the controversies surrounding these concepts. Begins with Ancient Greek mathematics and traces the development of mathematical concepts through the middle ages into the present. Recommended restriction: completion of upper division Written Communication requirement. Same as MATH 5820.
MATH 5820  History of Mathematical Ideas
Primary Instructor

Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
Examines the evolution of a few mathematical concepts (e.g., number, geometric continuum, or proof), with an emphasis on the controversies surrounding these concepts. Begins with Ancient Greek mathematics and traces the development of mathematical concepts through the middle ages into the present. Recommended requisite: completion of upper division Written Communication requirement. Same as MATH 4820.