The Math Resource Center

Fall 2014



Description: The Math Resource Center (MRC) is a walk-in help center designed for students taking calculus courses at Brown University. The MRC is staffed by 2-3 graduate students and 1-2 undergraduates per night who help students on an individual or small group basis.

Location: The MRC is held in Foxboro Auditorium, Kassar House, the building which houses the math department. Note that this is a change from previous years. Kassar House is located on the southeast corner of Thayer and George Streets. Foxboro is directly accessible from Thayer; just walk into the building from the Thayer entrance, and Foxboro will be on your right, while stairs up to the math department proper are on your left.

Hours of operation: MRC is open from 8-10 PM, Monday-Thursday during the academic year except during academic vacations. It is open during reading period, but closes once final exams start. A complete schedule is at the bottom of this webpage. If the university has an unscheduled closure, the MRC may also be closed, especially if the university closure was due to safety concerns; please contact the MRC Coordinator if you're not sure whether the MRC is still open.

Eligibility: Any student taking MATH 50, 60, 70, 90, 100, 170, 180, 190, 200, 520, or 540 or APMA 330, or 340 may come in for help with concepts and homework related to their class.

The MRC as a study center: Many students come to the MRC to work with friends and other people who are taking the same course. It's perfectly all right to use the MRC as a meeting place for small study groups, even if you don't ask the staff any questions.

Why come to the MRC?: First of all, it's free! Most students typically do their homework during the evenings, so the MRC provides a convenient option for those who encounter difficulties and would benefit from immediate help. It isn't designed to be a substitute for an instructor's office hours, but may serve as an alternative for those students who cannot attend office hours.

An Important Distinction: The MRC staff are there to help students understand the material covered in their calculus courses; this includes helping students with their homework. However, this does not include helping students with take-home exams or any other assignments on which students are not allowed to consult others for help. Please do not expect or request help of the latter sort, as it is a breach of academic honesty and a contravention of the policy of the MRC. Also, the staff is not there to do your homework for you, but rather to help you do it yourself. Expect to be guided towards the answer, rather than getting it explicitly stated for you.

Other Comments: The MRC is not for dummies. In the past, both strong and weak students have attended and benefited from the MRC. Keep in mind, though, that MRC staff workers are not there to do your homework for you: they are there to provide help and guidance in order to assist you with any difficulties you may be having. Also, you are more likely to have your questions answered if you come towards the beginning of each MRC session (i.e. at or soon after 8 PM) rather than later in the evening, when more students arrive. Since we have no idea as to how many students will use the MRC on any particular evening, it is sometimes the case that many students will show up and MRC staff workers may not be able to answer everyone's questions as thoroughly as desired: please be sensitive to this issue; we will try as hard as possible to help everyone who attends.

For Further Help: If you need further assistance beyond that provided by the MRC and the staff of the course you are taking, there are several options I could recommend. There is a tutoring program offered by Brown University that offers support for many math and applied math courses (including Math 350). Drop-in tutoring (not unlike the MRC) is offered for courses up to Math 0200 in the Science Center on Sundays from 5-9 and you can also register for group or even individual tutoring on this webpage as well.

You could also request a private tutor by inquiring at the Math Department Office during business hours, Monday through Friday (X2708). The secretaries typically keep a list of graduate students who are willing to tutor.

Questions: If you have further questions, please contact Edward Newkirk, the MRC Coordinator.

Thanks to Diana Davis for the photos.

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MRC Schedule

Fall 2014

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

9/8
8-10 PM

9/9
8-10 PM
9/10
8-10 PM
9/11
8-10 PM
9/15
8-10 PM
9/16
8-10 PM
9/17
8-10 PM
9/18
8-10 PM
9/22
8-10 PM
9/23
8-10 PM
9/24
8-10 PM
9/25
8-10 PM
9/29
8-10 PM
9/30
8-10 PM
10/1
8-10 PM
10/2
8-10 PM
10/6
8-10 PM
10/7
8-10 PM
10/8
8-10 PM
10/9
8-10 PM
10/13
CLOSED
10/14
8-10 PM
10/15
8-10 PM
10/16
8-10 PM
10/20
8-10 PM
10/21
8-10 PM
10/22
8-10 PM
10/23
8-10 PM
10/27
8-10 PM
10/28
8-10 PM
10/29
8-10 PM
10/30
8-10 PM
11/3
8-10 PM
11/4
8-10 PM
11/5
8-10 PM
11/6
8-10 PM
11/10
8-10 PM
11/11
8-10 PM
11/12
8-10 PM
11/3
8-10 PM
11/17
8-10 PM
11/18
8-10 PM
11/19
8-10 PM
11/20
8-10 PM
11/24
8-10 PM
11/25
8-10 PM
11/26
CLOSED
11/27
CLOSED
12/1
8-10 PM
12/2
8-10 PM
12/3
8-10 PM
12/4
8-10 PM
12/8
8-10 PM
12/9
8-10 PM
12/10
8-10 PM
12/11
8-10 PM
12/15
CLOSED
12/16
CLOSED
12/17
CLOSED
12/18
CLOSED

MRC will be closed October 13 (Fall weekend holiday), Nov 26-30 (Thanksgiving break), and during finals, December 12th through 20th.

Comments and questions to edward_newkirk@brown.edu.