MATH 311-01, Fall 2012

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 231
Primary office hours: Monday 11:00–12:00, Thursday 11:00–12:00
Secondary office hours: Tuesday 13:00–14:00, Wednesday 15:00–16:00, or by appointment
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Lecture: MWF 10:00–10:50 in Speed Hall 106
Prerequisites: MATH 205 or ENGR 101
Description: Introduction to abstract mathematics with particular attention to developing proof-reading and proof-writing skills. The basics of set theory, functions, relations, number systems, countability.
Textbook: Mathematical Proofs: A Transition to Higher Mathematics by Chartrand, Polimeni, and Zhang, second edition (ISBN 9780321390530).
Responsibilities: You are responsible for attending class daily and maintaining comprehension of the material presented in class. Short problems will be presented on a roughly daily basis, and longer problem sets presented infrequently and posted online after class. You shall complete problem sets promptly, and attend examinations on October 5 during class, November 16 during class, and Wednesday, December 12 from 8:00–10:30. Extracurricular interaction with your fellow students, and with the instructor, will be very useful in developing your comprehension.
Special needs: Any scheduled absence during a quiz or examination, or any other special needs, must be brought to my attention during the first week of class. During a scheduled absence, you are expected to complete the daily assignments by e-mail. Absence due to unforseen emergencies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and must be documented.
Honesty: There are many resources available to help you succeed in this class, including consultation during office hours, secondary texts, and cooperation with other students. It is important, however, that all papers handed in be the result of your individual comprehension of the course material. Duplication of others' work is both a disservice to your own education and a serious violation of the university's academic honesty policy.
Grades: Problem sets and daily problems will account for 40% of your grade, the midterm examinations will each be worth 15%, and the final examination will be worth 30%. A 90% overall guarantees a grade of A–, 80% guarantees a B–, and 70% guarantees a C–.
Changes: The syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be announced in class and updated online.

Daily problems:

Solutions to the daily problems should be written in full sentences; while symbolic expressions can be used, they should be connected by written exposition. Solutions should be legible and grammatical, and are due at the beginning of class. You may find it useful to type your solutions, although doing so is not necessary.

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