First Year Experience I: Science and Mathematics, Fall 2016 (SCI 110.1010)

Lectures: 5:30pm-6:20pm, Monday in CFA 153 (map) unless otherwise noted on the schedule below.
Syllabus: Click here to download (PDF). (Updated 29 Aug 2016)

Office Hours: 220 DMSC, by appointment only.

Website: This course uses WebCampus ( in addition to the instructor's website for the course at

LaTeX Editor: Use TeXStudio if you don't have a preferred editor.
Getting Started with LaTeX: You might find my LaTeX Resources page useful.
Writing Equations in LaTeX: The AMS Short Math Guide for LaTeX (PDF) is excellent!
Homework Template: Want to turn in homework that looks like this PDF? Download this zip file and open the TeX document in TeXStudio.

Tentative Schedule

Week Topic/Speaker Notes
1: 8/29 Syllabus, Nevada Teach, Math Club
2: 9/5 Labor Day (No Class, Campus Closed)
3: 9/12 Society of Physics Students; Office of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement (Kevin Lynch) CFA 153
4: 9/19 Math Center; Writing Center
5: 9/26 DeLaMare Library Tour Meet at Mackay Mines Bldg, north end of the quad, ground level in the library atrium
6: 10/3 Career Studio (Mary Calhoon)
7: 10/10 Office of Student Conduct, Kimberly Thomas Meet with other sections in SLH 3.
8: 10/17 LaTeX Overview (by Hurtado) See
9: 10/24 Introduction to Programming in R (by Hurtado) See
10: 10/31 Panel Discussion with Recent Graduates
11: 11/7 Office of Undergraduate Research (Scott Mensing) Meet in SEM 101
12: 11/14 Center for Student Cultural Diversity, Blane Harding
13: 11/21 Discuss Projects
14: 11/28 COS Poster Competition (JCSU Ballrooms)
15: 12/5 Work on Projects Project Guidelines & Due Dates: project.pdf
- Topic Description due 11am Friday 12/9
- Draft Poster due 9am Wednesday 12/14
- Poster & Slides due 11am Friday 12/16
16: 12/12 Project Topic Presentations
See project.pdf for details.
Final: 12/16
6-8pm: COS Video Competition Judging (DMSC 110)