401-0000-00L  Communication in Mathematics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersW. Merry
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


401-0000-00 VCommunication in Mathematics1 hrs
Tue12-13HG G 3 »
W. Merry

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AbstractDon't hide your Next Great Theorem behind bad writing.

This course teaches fundamental communication skills in mathematics: how to write clearly and how to structure mathematical content for different audiences, from theses, to preprints, to personal statements in applications. In addition, the course will help you establish a working knowledge of LaTeX.
ObjectiveKnowing how to present written mathematics in a structured and clear manner.
ContentTopics covered include:

- Language conventions and common errors.
- How to write a thesis (more generally, a mathematics paper).
- How to use LaTeX.
- How to write a personal statement for Masters and PhD applications.
Lecture notesFull lecture notes will be made available on my website:

Prerequisites / NoticeThere are no formal mathematical prerequisites.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersW. Merry
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered at the end after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe compulsory continuous performance assessment consists of 4 written assignments (each of which have two parts, consisting of a writing and an editing phase).
1. At least 3 out of the 4 assignments must be submitted and passed (i.e. grade ≥ 4) in order for the student to be eligible to take the final exam.
2. A not submitted assignment counts with grade 1.
3. Each written assignment counts 12.5% of the final grade (thus combined they account for 50% of the final grade).

Be aware that no exam repetition is offered.

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