Fall 2004 courses in the Rutgers-New Brunswick Math Graduate Program

Fall 2004 courses in the Rutgers-New Brunswick Math Graduate Program

About the table below             (Please see "Beginning the Fall Semester" at the bottom of this page.)

Warning: All of the entries are intended to still be correct at the start of the semester. Updating will occur when the maintainer of this page is informed. Experience has shown that schedules, instructors, and topics will change.

Course number: 640 is the prefix for Mathematics courses and 642 is the prefix for Applied Mathematics courses. There is no distinction in degree requirements for Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; the numbering convention dates to the 1960's.
Index number: This five digit number is needed to register for a course in the Rutgers system.

Course name: This is the official course name which is in the Rutgers system for the course corresponding to the given course number. There may be little relationship between this name and the course contents.
Instructor: Probably the right name.

Place: Presently undetermined. HLL refers to Hill Center.
The Graduate Program and the Math Department control the use of only four real classrooms. There are other spaces available which have sometimes been used for class meetings.

Days, period; times These are tentative. Constraints on class times include: times which should be left free for faculty meetings; times left free for traditional seminar meetings; and 8 AM. Most faculty and almost all graduate students are quite unwilling to admit that 8 AM exists as a time for intellectual activity.
Note: Monday=M, Tuesday=T, Wednesday=W, Thursday=Th, Friday=F. The "period" refers to the Rutgers 80-minute period. Period 1 begins at 8:10. There are 20 minutes between periods.

Informal description
Faculty were asked to supply informal descriptions of their courses. These descriptions were edited mildly.

You may click on any course number and get a course description.

Course number
Course name Instructor Place
Days, period; times
640:501 02285 Theor Func Real Vari V. Retakh HLL 423
TTh 6; 4:30-5:50
640:503 02286 Theor Func Comp Vari S. Greenfield HLL 525
MW4; 1:10-2:30
640:508 13105 Functional Analysis II M. Vogelius CANCELLED
640:509 13106 Sel Topics in Analysis
(Problems in the Navier Stokes equations)
G. Gallavotti HLL 525
TTh 5; 2:50-4:10
First Class 9/28
640:517 11874 Partial Diff Equations Shadi
HLL 425
MW 4; 1:10-2:30
640:519 10048 Sel Topics in Diff Eqns YY. Li HLL 423
TF 2; 9:50-11:10
640:521 13107 Harmonic Analysis S. Chanillo CANCELLED
640:533 14249 Intro. to Differential Geometry X. Huang M5 in HLL 313 (2:50-4:10)
& W5 in HLL 525 (2:50-4:10)
640:535 13110 Algebraic Geometry C. Weibel HLL 425
TTh 2; 9:50-11:10
640:540 14804 Intro Alg Topology S. Ferry HLL 525
TTh 4; 1:10-2:30
640:547 11878 Topology of Manifolds
(Symplectic Geometry)
640:550 12190 Lie Algebras R. Goodman HLL 425
MTh 3; 11:30-12:50
640:551 02287 Abstract Algebra S. Sahi HLL 124
MW 5; 2:50-4:10
640:555 13220 Sel. Topics in Algebra
(Vertex Operator Algebras)
Haisheng Li HLL 525
M5 and M6; 2:50-4:10 and 4:30-5:50
640:559 14250 Commutative Algebra W. Vasoncelos CANCELLED
640:573 13113 Spec Top Number Theory H. Iwaniec HLL 124
TF 3; 11:30-12:50
640:574 13221 Topics in Number Theory J. Tunnell HLL 425
MW5; 2:50-4:10
642:527 02361 Methods of Appl Math Zheng-Chao Han HLL 124
TTh 6; 4:30-5:50
642:550 02362 Linear Alg & Applications B. Osofsky HLL 423
MW6; 4:30-5:50
642:582 02363 Combinatorics J. Kahn HLL 525
TF 2; 9:50-11:10
642:587 09023 Sel Topics Discrete Math M. Saks HLL 423
W4; 1:10-2:30 & F5; 2:50-4:10
642:591 13473 Topics Probability & Ergodic Theory
(Ergodic Theory)
R. Gundy HLL 423
MW 5; 2:50-4:10
642:593 11877 Math Foundations Ind Eng T. Butler HLL 423
MTh 2; 9:50-11:10
642:611 11879 Sel Topics Applied Math
(Experimental Mathematics)
D. Zeilberger ARC PC IML-116
MTh 3; 11:30-12:50
642:612 14251 Sel. Topics Applied Math J. Lebowitz time TBD
642:621 14805 Financial Mathematics T. Petrie HLL 423
TF3; 11:30-12:50
642:661 05538 Topics Math Physics
(Bohmian Mechanics)
S. Goldstein HLL 124
Tues 1&7 (8:10-9:30 AM & 6:10-7:30 PM)
642:662 14253 Topics Math Physics (Asymptotic techniques,
especially in Fluid Dynamics)
M. Kruskal HLL 632
MW6; 4:30-5:50

Beginning the fall semester

  • The first class day of the fall 2004 semester is Wednesday, September 1, 2004. (Labor Day is Mon September 6.)
  • Written qualifying exams will be given just before the semester begins, Monday and Tuesday morning (August 30 and 31, 2004).
  • There might be a reception for new graduate students on Tuesday afternoon (August 31, 2004), the day before the semester begins.
  • International Student Orientation will be Wednesday, August 25th.
  • TA Orientation will be Thursday, August 26, from 8:30AM until 5PM. It will be at the College Avenue Student Center.


"Tea" (coffee/tea/etc.) and "cookies" (variable in type and quantity) are available most afternoons (3:30-4:30 PM) during the semester, usually in the Wolfson Lounge on the 7th floor. On rare occasions even more food appears. There are many interesting seminars almost every week.

More complete descriptions of courses including information about texts are usually posted outside the 3rd floor mailroom. Almost all introductory graduate courses in mathematics are given as a series of lectures. Most such courses have written homework, and one or more oral or written examinations. Many basic courses have assigned texts. More advanced courses depart from these rules. Students are sometimes asked to lecture, and there are rarely assigned texts.

Last Modified 4/16/2004.

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