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Course AdoptionThis page is designed to provide some information for the instructor considering using the book as a required text for a course. First is detailed information about some of the logistics of using the book in your own course, followed by a list of courses that use the book.
FAQ: Versions and Costs
If you plan to use the book for your course, here are some answers to some common questions.
The online version is very easy to navigate, free, and available anywhere with an internet connection. Downloaded PDF versions of the text are, of course, also always free. You might be advised to save a copy locally, but the open license and available source code provides a guarantee of long-term availability.
A 524-page hardcover physical copy of the book may be purchased from many online retailers for as little as $33 (current as of 2013/08/17). When I have taught this course, I have emailed my students a few weeks before the semester begins with instructions on ordering, since manufacturing and delivery takes a few days.
I sometimes prefer to teach out of the very latest edition so I can track typos and changes, so I arrange a group purchase for my students at a copy shop. In a quantity of about 30 copies, the price for a double-sided loose-leaf version is about comparable to the hardcover price. It would appear that without a quantity discount, a purchase of a single copy is about double that. You can use a tool like pdftk to take a subset of one of the PDFs made available here, if you just want to use a portion of the book (include the title pages and the license, you are obligated by the license to do this).
I try to release a fairly stable and error-free version right before the start of the fall and spring semesters. These have version numbers that end in a "0" (.10, .20, etc).
No, you do not need my permission to make a "coursepack" copy for your students at your campus bookstore. As the copyright holder, I have granted you a license, which explicitly gives you the necessary permssions to do this. You can send your bookstore manager here if there are doubts.
Courses Using FCLA
If you are using the book, I would like to include your course in the list below. Please, please let me know, as it is incredibly helpful to have this information. Your name, your school, your course (plus term), with links as appropriate, is all I need.
|Fall 2013||Cardinal Stritch University||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Carl Mueller||MT 325|
|Fall 2013||Mount Saint Mary College||Newburgh, New York||Mike Daven||Course Page|
|Summer 2013||Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Justin Hausauer||.|
|Fall 2012||Mount Saint Mary College||Newburgh, New York||Mike Daven||Course Page|
|Spring 2012||Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences||Mumbai, India||Ajit Kumar||Computational Math Lab|
|Spring 2012||Westmont College||Santa Barbara, California||David Hunter||Course PDF|
|Winter 2012||University of Ottawa||Ottawa, Canada||Alistair Savage||Course Page|
|Spring 2012||Plymouth State University||Plymouth, New Hampshire||Dana Ernst||Course Page|
|Spring 2012||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Robert Beezer||Course Page|
|Fall 2011||Mount Saint Mary College||Newburgh, New York||Mike Daven||Course Page|
|Fall 2011||University of Notre Dame||South Bend, Indiana||David Nickerson||Course PDF|
|Carleton University||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||Paul Mezo||Course Page|
|Fall 2011||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Bryan Smith||Course Page|
|Spring 2011||Amherst College||Amherst, Massachusetts||David Cox||Course Page|
|Spring 2011||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Cynthia Gibson||.|
|Fall 2010||Felician College||Rutherford, New Jersey||David Molnar||Course Page|
|Fall 2010||Southern Connecticut State University||New Haven, Connecticut||Joe Fields|
|Fall 2010||Michigan Technological University||Houghton, Michigan||Don Kreher||Course Page|
|Fall 2010||Mount Saint Mary College||Newburgh, New York||Mike Daven||Course Page|
|Fall 2010||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Bryan Smith||Course Page|
|Fall 2010||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Cynthia Gibson|
|Semester 2, 2010||University of Western Australia||Perth, Western Australia||Gordon Royle||Course Page|
|Spring 2010||Amherst College||Amherst, Massachusetts||Tanya Leise||Course Page|
|Spring 2010||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Bryan Smith||Course Page|
|Spring 2010||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Robert Beezer||Course Page|
|Fall 2009||Moorpark College||Moorpark, California||Curtis Paul|
|Fall 2009||Mount Saint Mary College||Newburgh, New York||Mike Daven||Course Page|
|Fall 2009||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Bryan Smith||Course Page|
|Semester 2, 2009||University of Western Australia||Perth, Western Australia||Gordon Royle||Course Page|
|Spring 2009||Amherst College||Amherst, Massachusetts||Tanya Leise||Course Page|
|Spring 2009||Pacific University||Forest Grove, Oregon||Nancy Neudauer|
|Spring 2009||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Manley Perkel|
|Fall 2008||Colorado State University||Fort Collins, Colorado||Multiple Sections||1 2 3|
|Fall 2008||Smith College||Northampton, Massachusetts||Ruth Hass|
|Fall 2008||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Bryan Smith||Course Page|
|Fall 2008||Mount Saint Mary College||Newburgh, New York||Mike Daven||Course Page|
|Fall 2008||Wilbur Wright College||Chicago, Illinois||Hellen Colman||Course Page|
|Summer 2008||Central Washington U (Lynwood Center)||Lynwood, Washington||Chris Black|
|Spring 2008||St. Cloud State University||St. Cloud, Minnesota||William Branson||Course Page|
|Spring 2008||Miramar College||San Diego, California||Sean Raleigh||Course Page|
|Spring 2008||University of Puget Sound||Tacoma, Washington||Robert Beezer||Course Page|
|Fall 2007||Loyola Marymount University||Los Angeles, California||Herbert Medina|