The readings for each session are designed to be read after attending that session. For a listing of the topics discussed in each session, see here: (PDF)

### Published Textbook

Mahajan, Sanjoy. *Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving*. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780262514293.

The book is available as a free download (PDF) from MIT Press.

### Textbook (Earlier Edition)

An earlier version of the textbook as one file may be found here: (PDF - 1.3 MB)

Title page and table of contents (PDF)

References (PDF)

SES # | TOPICS | READINGS |
---|---|---|

1 | Dimensions |
Chapter 1 - Dimensions, pp. 3-12 (PDF) Questions from lecture 1 (PDF) |

2 | Extreme cases |
Chapter 2 - Extreme cases, pp. 13-26 (PDF) Questions and answers from lecture 2 (PDF) |

3 | Application: drag |
Chapter 2 - Extreme cases, pp. 26-30 (PDF) Questions from lecture 3 (PDF) |

4 | More on drag | |

5 | Discretization | Chapter 3 - Discretization, pp. 31-40 (PDF) |

6 | Application: pendulum period | Chapter 3 - Discretization, pp. 41-44 (PDF) |

7 | Picture proofs | Chapter 4 - Picture proofs, pp. 45-56 (PDF) |

8 | Taking out the big part | Chapter 5 - Taking out the big part, pp. 57-79 (PDF) |

9 | Analogy | Chapter 6 - Analogy, pp. 80-85 (PDF) |

10 | Application: operators | Chapter 7 - Operators, pp. 86-90 (PDF) |

11 | Application: singing logarithms | Handout - approximating logarithms using musical intervals (PDF) |