MATH 311-01, Fall 2013

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Instructor: Jake Wildstrom
Office: Natural Sciences Building 113
Primary office hours: Tuesday 11:00–12:30, Wednesday 15:30–16:30
Secondary office hours: Monday 12:15–13:45, Thursday 14:00–15:00, or by appointment
Phone number: (502)852-5845 (x5845)
Lecture: MWF 10:00–10:50 in Speed Hall 002
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 Advanced Mathematics by Chartrand, Polimeni, and Zhang, third edition (ISBN 9780321797094).
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 posted online after class. You shall complete all assigned problems promptly, and attend examinations on October 4 during class, November 15 during class, and Wednesday, December 11 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: Daily problems will account for 30% of your grade, the midterm examinations will each be worth 20%, 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. In praparation for future mathematical studies, you may find the LaTeX mathematical typesetting tool to be well worth learning; to assist in that process if you elect to do so, a template will be provided for you to write your solutions. For help using LaTeX, please visit Dr. Wildstrom during office hours.

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