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Study group for working through Spivak/Wilson

  1. Dec 8, 2013 #1
    Hello everyone! This is my first post here, though I've been a silent observer in PF for a long time.

    I'm planning on working through Spivak's "Calculus" or Wilson's "Introduction to Graph Theory" and was wondering if anyone here might be interested in joining a study group for it. There's no "instructor" as such, so everyone will be working and contributing on their own. After giving it some thought, here's what I have in mind (I'm open to any suggestions/criticisms):

    Goal: The goal of the study group is to either cover a significant portion of Spivak's Calculus thereby gaining a much better understanding of Single variable Calculus and hence preparing oneself for Real Analysis, or to cover Wilson's graph theory book, thereby gaining a beginner level knowledge of graph theory, equipping oneself for a more rigorous treatment of the subject. We could decide on the text, depending on the overall interest of the members.

    Work Plan: There will be 2-3 sessions every week lasting 1.5 - 2 hours each (the exact dates and times may be decided amongst us). The focus is primarily on solving problems, as I think the theory is well-expressed in an easy-to-understand manner in both the texts. So prior to each session, every member reads an assigned portion of the text (which is decided in the previous session) and tries to work out the problems. At the beginning of each session, members discuss concepts they found hard to grasp (if any), after which the problems will be discussed in detail, and in depth where required.

    Access: I'm not yet confirmed on the site we'll be using for meeting, but a quick search tells me ThinkBinder is a decent choice. It has a whiteboard, a math equation editor, has chat support and allows file sharing. Of course, if there are better sites out there, we'll consider those.

    Members: I prefer to keep the study group small, possibly a maximum of 4 members.

    Participation: I would like to emphasize that the study group exists for the purpose of learning, sharing and collaboration, and contributions by every member in this respect is expected. In other words, slackers aren't welcome.

    Please feel free to come up with your thoughts on this, and any suggestions for improvement.

    So, is anyone interested in joining this study group for working through Spivak's "Calculus" or Wilson's "Introduction to Graph theory"?
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  3. Dec 9, 2013 #2
    Hi, I'd be interested in a study group for Spivak, it's the only book out of the two I have.
    I've currently read the "Prologue" section (and slightly beyond) of the book and done about 50~60% of the problems there.

    I live in the UK, and I'll be available from 7pm~10pm GMT.

    Also I'm wondering whether ThinkBinder has features akin to that of a forum? It'd be great if we were able to talk outside of the main sessions and for the conversations/questions to be saved.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2013
  4. Dec 20, 2013 #3

    I'd be interested in going through Spivak in a systematic manner. Available 2pm-11pm GMT.
  5. Dec 20, 2013 #4
    I will be interested also with this, though I have to say and make it clear from the beginning that I'm beginner with proof and might need more guidance. I have the hard copy of Spivak Calculus with me, the third edition. So far I've done several exercises but I've not advanced further than the limit chapter.

    I should be available from 2PM-7PM (GMT).
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2013
  6. Dec 27, 2013 #5
    If anyone here is interested, people are forming a new study group for Spivak over at reddit on /r/calculusstudygroup.
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