**The Math Resource Center**

**Spring 2018**

**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 1-2
graduate students and 2-3 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, 350, 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 staff
will help you with problem-solving techniques and explain to you any
concepts which you identify as being difficult to comprehend. Students
should not expect the staff to provide answers to homework questions. We
do our best to help students at all levels of ability, and many of them
reported that working with MRC staff was beneficial.
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 Alexander McDonough, the MRC
Coordinator.

Thanks to Diana Davis for the photos.

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MRC will be closed February 19-20 (Long weekend), March 26-29 (Spring Break), and during finals, beginning May 9

Comments and questions to amed@math.brown.edu.