Professor Jerrold W. Grossman Department of Mathematics and Statistics College of Arts and Sciences Oakland University Rochester, MI 48309-4485 [thats Michigan] PHONE: (248) 370-3443 CELL: (248) 935-1029 FAX: (248) 370-4184 OFFICE: Room 346 MSC E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org (click on picture for bigger image; photo by Jack Nachman)
Here are the website for my courses, dating back to 1999. The links for earlier semesters are in most cases links to my most recent offering of the same course. More general information about programs in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics can be found on the department web site.
In addition, I am fond of mathematical puzzles and games, and I like to propose and solve mathematical problems, such as appear in the American Mathematical Monthly and Mathematics Magazine, or occur on the Putnam competition. Im particularly proud of a problem in The Mathematical Intelligencer, about a new fundamental constant of mathematics. Here is a link to something else named after me.
Here are slides for a general-interest talk that contains lots of interesting examples of real-life applications of mathematics, and other fun stuff.
My textbook, Discrete Mathematics: An Introduction to Concepts, Methods, and Applications (Macmillan/Prentice-Hall/Pearson, 1990), is suitable for a sophomore level course covering logic, set theory, graph theory, combinatorics, and algorithms for mathematics and computer science majors. Here is the errata list for the book.
The third part of a faculty members job is service on committees and similar duties. On this front I have served as an academic adviser, associate chair of the department, adviser for the student math club, member of the University Senate and the College of Arts and Sciences Assembly (and their Steering Committees), bargainer for our AAUP chapter, director of the state High School Visiting Lecture Program, editor of the state MAA Newsletter, member of the state high school mathematics prize competition examination committee, Governor of the Michigan Section of the MAA, member of the committee overseeing MAAs national high school competitions (chair 20142020), member of the Educational Materials Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and recorder of mathematical materials for the blind and dyslexic (through RFB&D, sadly now no longer possible in Michigan), to name a few highlights. I also review research articles for Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet), and have consulted for Ford Motor Company, Mathematical Reviews, and numerous textbook publishers. I also consult for various mathematics education projects. Recognition has included the Michigan Section MAA Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and the national MAA Certificate for Meritorious Service in 2007.
*My academic genealogy proceeds backwards from Kan through Samuel Eilenberg, Karol Borsuk, and Stefan Mazurkiewicz to Waclaw Sierpinski. Sierpinski seems to have had two academic advisors: Georgy Voronoy in fact, and Stanislaw Zaremba officially. From Voronoy the chain goes through several Russians: Andrei Markov, Pafnuty Chebyshev, and Nikolai Brashman, before ending, I am told, at the Viennese astronomer and mathematician Joseph Johann von Littrow (17811840). From Zaremba the chain goes through lots of other famous names, including Simeon Denis Poisson, Joseph Lagrange, Leonhard Euler, Johann Bernoulli, Jacob Bernoulli, and Gottfried Leibniz. A great web site tracks such genealogy.
My curriculum vitae (also available in TeX) contains a complete list of publications and more details on all of the above topics if youre really interested. And if youre hell-bent on personal stuff, here are some pictures of me at six months being held by my godfather Phil, my family (1984: me, my wife Suzanne, my sister-in-law Kathy, my brother Richard, my mother Florence holding my daughter Pamela, and my father Isadore holding my nephew Conrad), my maternal grandparents, Julius and Rebecca, taken around their wedding date (August 26, 1900), and my paternal grandparents, Samuel and Tillie (Lichtigman) Grossman, taken when they were about 23 and 20 years old, respectively (circa 1907).
I retired from Oakland University after the 20172018 academic year. My last semester of teaching was Fall 2017. A cute feature on me appeared in MAA Focus.
I live in Rochester Hills, Oakland County, Michigan (about 30 miles north of Detroit), within bicycling distance of the university, with my wife, Suzanne Zeitman, and our cats, Nigel and Lena. Sadly, Suzannes horse Abby died in 2010. She still has Elroy. See them jump here (at time 1:14 to 1:34). Im allergic to horses and cats. The University of Michigan is not far from here, and it has lots of resources. In my spare time I like to travel, visit zoos, play tournament bridge (6800 master points), try to get better at backgammon, shoot photographs, sail Siegfried (my Laser), cross-country ski, collect turtle art, attend conferences, eat, cook, drink wine, eat in nice restaurants, and go to good movies (or watch them at home, courtesy of netflix). Also, I was trying to learn to play the piano but gave up. Here are some more pictures of me, Suzanne, and us on a cruise.
This is our daughter, Pamela Jane Grossman (19841990). There is a sculpture of a Galapagos tortoise by William (Bill) Allen (works also available here, here, here, and here) at the Detroit Zoo (sign up for their newsletter) in her memory. There is also a fund in her memory at Oakland University.