Spring 2023 - MATH 381W D100

Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar (3)

Class Number: 5274

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Six units of mathematics at the 200-division or higher.



A writing and presentation-intensive study of an area of mathematics. Students will read and prepare written and oral comments on material in the mathematics literature. Writing/Quantitative.


*Students are strongly advised to have both MATH 251 and MATH 242 or equivalent complete prior to taking MATH 381W.*

In MATH 381W we will study a selection of topics in analysis, aiming at extending and consolidating your earlier studies in this area. Each student will give an individual presentation according to a schedule to be determined, between February 28 and April 5 in a lecture session. A write-up on this topic is also required. In addition there will be assignments involving problems and reading; a mid-term, and a final examination.

Lectures will cover some of the following topics: Analytic definition of the elementary functions;  series and products for elementary functions, including the Wallis product; special functions (Bessel, Gamma, Hypergeometric); inequalities; orthogonal polynomials; summability; elliptic and theta functions; some "modern'' analysis.

Students must give a presentation and submt the major writing assignment in order to receive a passing grade in the course no matter what the other grades are.

Note that attendance at the classes in which presentations are given is mandatory.

The grading scheme below is subject to change.


  • Assignments 20%
  • Seminar participation 10%
  • Presentation and major writing assignment 40%
  • In-class test 10%
  • Final exam 20%



Readings will be posted or be available online.


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Registrar Notes:


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