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MA233A: Problem Solving in Mathematics (Winter 2018)

Calendar Description

A comprehensive study of techniques in mathematical problem solving, including topics from classical and contemporary mathematics. Examples will be taken from such areas as calculus, algebra, logic, geometry, elementary number theory, combinatorics and graph theory. Problems from various mathematical contests and competitions will be discussed.


MA103 (or MA110*), MA121.


Professor Shengda Hu (PhD)
Office location: LH3036 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., or email for an appointment.
Email: shu@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2223


Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. in BA209 (Bricker Academic Building)


M.J. Erickson and J. Flowers, Principles of Mathematical Problem Solving, Prentice-Hall, 1999.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA233 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments (Four sets, submitted on Thursday of weeks 3, 6, 9, 12): 20%
  • Midterm Test (Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in class): 30%
  • Final Exam (Cumulative, 2 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA233 and is provided for the convenience of students.