IMPORTANT:
The MSC's last day of Fall 2020 operations was Wednesday, December 16th!
Thank you, everyone, for this semester! And congratulations on enduring it all!
We'll be back in the Spring semester, so hopefully we'll see you then! (and if you don't need to show up anymore after Fall 2020, feel free to dropby and say "Hi!" if you'd like! You're more than welcome to do that )
Good luck with your finals, and happy holidays! \(^v^)/
Math Support Center
Want to give us feedback? What worked, this semester? What didn't?
(anonymous!) Fall 2020 Feedback Form: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mTewsc2YNnazCR
If you'd like to keep updated on changes to the MSC hours during Spring 2021, enter your preferred email here: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9N7OYSjJceA5bVz
You may want to: Log in with Cornell Zoom at https://cornell.zoom.us/signin
Favorite Mathematicians
Contribute to our list of Favorite Mathematicians! Famous or obscure, some are largely unknown because they were women, engineers, surveyors or some combination of less recognized groups. Check out the list. You can add to the list if you have a Cornell login. In most cases, the name in the list corresponds to the primary Wikipedia page for that person so you can readily learn more. We draw from this list to name Breakout Rooms in the MSC Zoom Meeting.
Zoom Configuration Tips:
Use internet audio if you can. To avoid audio feedback issues, when you enter the meeting your settings default to audio only, with your audio muted.
You can elect to turn on your audio as desired.
Recommended: Bookmark this page to enter the meeting
or use the short link msc2.ref2.net (which redirects to this page).
The Zoom Meeting ID may change.
For tips, tricks, and Gotchas about Zoom, check out ZoomSkilz.ref2.net . We are supporting people in time zones around the planet and are trying to keep the General Math Support Center Zoom Meeting alive 24/7. You can join the General Math Support Center Zoom Meeting at any time, with tutors available according to the published schedule. Someone may be in the Meeting at other times. Our schedule will adapt as we learn what you need.
Want to give us feedback and/or voice concerns?
We very much appreciate any feedback you may have, so we can be more supportive and helpful in these weird times! To do that, you can:
 talk to any of the tutors in the Zoom meeting
 email Henrique (hcz5) or Cissy (yh383) or Dick (ref2)
 use this anonymous form: https://forms.gle/jAchmvfzrhEHB1Lp8
If you have any concerns, especially on circumstances that may prevent you from getting the help you need, please make sure to email Henrique or Cissy or Dick about it (else, it'll be harder for us to get back to you and figure something out!)
Closed for Winter Break. Will reopen Monday, 8 February 2021
Covid 19 References
Some COVID19 references:
 COVID19 Status in Ithaca:
 Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resources
 COVID19 Data, Visualizations, web coding strategies for private personalized results and more:
 For further reading: Fine journalism with most COVID19 articles no longer behind a paywall:
What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus  The Atlantic
 Empowering Talk: COVID19  Dr. David Price  Pulmonary & Critical Care at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
 Still further Reading: From Wired Magazine, also no longer behind their paywall:
 Face Masks: Further links and commentary
 Data for you: Ongoing contributions in data collection, curation, analysis and visualization surrounding COVID19
 Models and visualizations:
Disclaimer: My daughterin Law, Sarah Laskow, is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Science section.
Consider this: Don't Take Notes, Pay Attention! leave comments at ElectricBoogaloo
Worried about math? Whether you are studying for a prelim or brushing up on forgotten algebra, we can relieve your math anxiety. For best results seek help early and often!
Other worries? Here are:
Tutoring daily (except Saturdays) when classes are in session during the school year, through Finals until the last Math Final Exam. Experienced tutors are available at no charge for individual and smallgroup tutoring. We work on a WalkIn basis.
 Our Main Office 256 Malott
 Weekdays 10:00am  4:30pm
 Sunday Evenings 7:30pm  10:00pm Use upper entrance opposite Bailey Hall
 North Campus Room 3331 at the Tatkon Center
 Tuesday 7:309:30pm
 Wednesday 7:309:30pm
 Tutor Schedule
While tutors in the Math Support Center have varying areas of expertise, we have found that:
any tutor may be helpful in any subject
either because your tutor:
 directly knows the material.
 can help you to think about it.
 can get you started and refer you to another tutor who may be more facile with the kind of help you need.
Free Tutoring
Closed for Winter Break. Will reopen Monday, 8 February 2021
The MSC operates on the premise that you will learn mathematical concepts best by doing problems and practicing regularly. Study capsules and tutoring assist in refreshing your memory, filling gaps in your math background, reinforcing class work, helping on difficult topics, or reviewing for exams. MSC services are available weekdays and Sundays throughout the semester.
Free Tutoring: Experienced tutors are available for FREE individual and smallgroup tutoring. We work primarily on a walkin basis. A schedule of our hours and who is on duty is shown below and is also posted outside 256 Malott Hall.
Review sessions are held at the start of the semester for students wanting to review some precalculus topics.
Independent Study Capsules address topics from precalculus to calculus and allow students to work at their own pace. Most are now available on line.
A small library of math texts helps students to broaden their understanding of mathematical concepts.
Our Survival Kit is filled with suggestions for succeeding in a Cornell math class.
 We work on a walkin basis, so stop on by!
Prelim/Finals Schedule:
Due dates for Final Projects, Final Papers, and TakeHome Exams are set by the university based on class meeting times.
Private Tutoring
Want a private tutor? Please start by using our free tutoring service. You may be able to get your questions answered right in the MSC. If you decide you really want private tutoring, you can ask among the tutors you have found helpful in the MSC. If none are available for private tutoring, leave your contact information with:
 For Mathematics courses: Betsy Collins in the Math Department office. Betsy maintains a list of graduate students who might be available to tutor you. This is a paid service (not free) and the rate for tutoring usually starts at around $30 an hour. You can then make arrangements privately.
 For Statistics courses: Barbara Oh in the LSC.
Capsules:

 Math Support Center Capsules: Free Independent Study Capsules for assorted topics students often find to be troublesome. Capsules range from a page or two in length to small booklets. Most are now available as
.pdf files.


Library:
 A small library of math texts helps students to broaden their understanding of mathematical concepts.
 Our Survival Kit is filled with suggestions for succeeding in a Cornell math class.
Contact:
Director:
Kelly Delp, 227 Malott Hall.
Cornell University Department of Mathematics web links in:
Math Department > MSC
Learning Strategies Center:
The Learning Strategies Center is the central academic support unit at Cornell University that provides undergraduate students with tutoring, supplemental courses, and facilitated study groups for Biology, Chemistry, Economics,
Mathematics and Physics. Assistance in improving general study skills is available through semester long courses, workshops, individual consultations, and web site resources.
 http://lsc.cornell.edu/
 Notes and Worksheets from the Learning Strategies Center Mathematics Branch support courses:
 MATH 1005, 1006, 1011, and 1012 which meet weekly to supplement lecture material, answer questions, and provide tips for effectively learning the material in MATH 1105, 1106, 1110, and 1120. Students who enroll in a support course receive one transcript credit (depending on college) and tutoring services. There are no exams or homework assignments. Students receive S/U grades determined by attendance only. Students who do not wish to enroll are invited to attend the classes but cannot utilize the tutoring services.
Other Resources
Anti Stress Kit
As featured on the central pillar in the MSC!
* Check out this free PDF book about Math Tutoring with ideas for both tutors and tutees.
Math Related
OnLine Videos on various math topics
OnLine graphing Calculator
Applications for Smart Phones and Computers:
 Wolfram Alpha Mobile App https://products.wolframalpha.com/mobile/  provides a delightful front end to www.WolframAlpha.com (see below for more about Wolfram Alpha). Modest cost, but provides access to many of the features of Wolfram Alpha Pro.
 GeoGebra https://www.geogebra.org/ has an assortment of software available at no charge with versions for nearly every computational device imaginable.
Other generally useful math resources:
 A search on a math topic will usually return links to material on Wikipedia and Mathworld, both of which are generally excellent.
 Excellent Blog written by Timothy Gowers, Editor of The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
 Another amazing blog by Terence Tao, prolific mathematician, and Fields Medalist
 Yet another blog by a guy who has done a lot of illustrations for Wikipedia
 Great collection of sites with special emphasis on teaching. As you become a more independent learner, the distinction between teacher and student becomes less useful.
 Wolfram Alpha actually performs various mathematical operations and volunteers a bunch of related information. Used wisely, you can learn an incredible amount exploring the further information it provides.
We're Hiring! MSC Jobs Information and application below.
Recent Changes:
Math Support Center Tutor Dick Furnas The old fart with really white hair. Likes to let you think he`s helping you, but really you have to figure it out...
Math Survival Kit A Math Support Center Capsule October 29, 2008 Introduction This capsule is intended as a guide to the ins and outs of introductory courses...
Math Study Strategies: Or, How I Learned to Stop Taking Notes and Love Calculus This document is evolving from original drafts by Philip Sink ...with enthusiastic...
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Math Support Center Tutor Dick Furnas The old fart with really white hair. Likes to let you think he`s helping you, but really you have to figure it out...
Math Survival Kit A Math Support Center Capsule October 29, 2008 Introduction This capsule is intended as a guide to the ins and outs of introductory courses...
Math Study Strategies: Or, How I Learned to Stop Taking Notes and Love Calculus This document is evolving from original drafts by Philip Sink ...with enthusiastic...
Algebra and Trig Reviews Reviews of Algebra and Trigonometry are held at the start of each semester to help you brush up on the essentials of these topics. The reviews...
MSC is Closed until Monday, 8 February! Quick link to the MSC page: math.cornell.edu/msc IMPORTANT: The MSC`s last day of Fall 2020 operations was Wednesday...
MSC Tutor Schedule Closed for Winter Break. Will reopen Monday, 8 February 2021
Favorite Mathematicians Contribute to our list of Favorite Mathematicians ! Famous or obscure, some are largely unknown because they were women, engineers, surveyors...
COVID 19 References Section to INCLUDE Some COVID 19 references: COVID 19 Status in Ithaca: https://ithacavoice.com/covid 19 dashboard/ Johns...
Want Math Help? Have we got Math Help! Hi, all! I hope you...
Math Support Center Sign In Sign Out Form An ancient (designed for Windows 98!) laptop is installed in the MSC as a dedicated station for students to sign in/out and...
Math Support Center Capsules Compact study capsules address topics from pre calculus to calculus, provide another view of topics students often find troublesome and...
Math Support Center Hours Open Tutoring Schedule: Tutoring daily (except Saturdays) when classes are in session during the school year, through Finals until the...
Don`t Take Notes, Pay Attention!
Convergence Tests Divergence Test P Series $ Statement: 1 \frac{1}{2^p} \frac{1}{3^p} \frac{1}{4^p} \frac{1}{5^p} ... \left \{ \begin{array} {l} \mbox...
Famous Series Geometric Series 1 x x^2 x^3 ... \left \{ \begin{array}{l} \mbox{ \small $ \frac{1}{1 x}$ if $ x 1$ } \end{array} \right. \mbox{ \small...
Tutor Expertise While tutors in the Math Support Center have varying areas of expertise, we have found that: any tutor may be helpful in any subject : ) either because...
The Ant Stress Kit ...as featured in the Math Support Center! https://twiki.math.cornell.edu/pub/MSC/AntiStressKit/Anti Stress Kit.pdf :pdf: Anti Stress...
Becoming a Better Math Tutor A local copy of the PDF is also available: Local copy of the licensed book: https://twiki.math.cornell.edu/pub/MSC/BecomingABetterMathTutor...
Prelim Schedule Data from http://registrar.sas.cornell.edu/Sched/prelims.html Also useful: http://registrar.sas.cornell.edu/Sched/exams.html Hint: The...
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