# Oliver Schirokauer

Professor of Mathematics

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## Courses

### Fall 2008

### Spring 2009

- MATH 132: Calculus Ib
- MATH 317: Number Theory

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## Quotes

"The ant, being somewhat limited in his ambulatory imagination, decides simply to walk in a circle around his ant-hole."

"There's this feeling that you need something *really big* to counteract the *nihilistic effect* of *zero*, and the only thing that could *possibly* do the job is infinity."

"So the derivative of tanX is sec2X."

anonymous student: "My god!"

"Now...I think...we're ready for the Chain Rule."

anonymous student: "Is this really the most powerful of all rules? I mean, this is such a red-letter day for all of us!"

"Up until now, I suspect that trigonometric functions have...not been a great source of joy for you. Well, sometimes they're kinda nice, I mean, they're curved... But you see, trigonometric functions really are at home in calculus. This is where they dwell peacefully, and have nice...ah..."

anonymous student: "Soirees."

"Yeah, you've got to remember that cosine and sine never hang out without a variable of some sort."

anonymous student: "They go to soirees."

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