Math 4121 - Spring 2017

Introduction to Lebesgue Integration

Section Information

Section Time Location Instructor Office Hours (Cupples I, Room 17)
1 MWF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Duncker 101 Renato Feres Tu-Th 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Lebesgue Integration, 2nd Edition, by Soo Bong Chae
Springer 1995

Topics to be covered

This course is an introduction to the theory of Lebesgue integration. Topics to be covered are:

Grading Information

The plan is to have 10 weekly homework assignments, one midterm exam, and one final exam. The midterm exam will be in class, 50 minutes long, and its date is 3/03/2017 (during class time, in Duncker 101). It will be based on content covered in the homework sets. The final exam is on 5/09/2017 from 10:30AM to 12:30PM (place to be announced). The worst homework score will be dropped. Midterm and final exams will each have twice the weight of a homework assignment.

Therefore the final score will be determined as follows: (1) linearly scale each homework or exam score for a maximum of 100 points; (2) add the 9 best homework assignment scores plus twice the midterm exam score plus twice the final exam score and divide the total by 13.

The total score, out of 100, will be translated into a letter grade of A, B, C, D, F (with plus and minus shadings) in a way that is not harsher than indicated on the following table (if the grade distribution of the whole class is significantly lower than usual, then "curving" may be considered, but it is unlikely to be needed):

Numerical Range Letter Grade
[85, 100] A
[70, 85) B
[60, 70) C
[50, 60) D
[0, 50) F

Pluses and minuses are assigned so that each letter range is divided in three populations of roughly equal size. So, for example, the number of students getting A-, A, A+ will be approximately the same. Please note: this does not mean that A- corresponds to the interval [85, 90) or that A corresponds to [90, 95)! In particular, the exact grade cut-offs for the signs will not be known, to you as well as to me, until after the final exam.


The plan is to have a total of 10 HW assignments. Of these, the 9 best scores will count towards the total.

Weekly assignments deadline is Friday 5:00PM. You should submit them using Crowdmark. (I'll have more to say about it on the first day of class.)

Under exceptional circumstances, I may accept them at a different time on Friday, but I plan on posting solutions on Saturday. Late assignment will not be accepted after solutions are posted.

You are both allowed and encouraged to collaborate on your assignments.

Course plan

Please keep in mind that the plan given below is very tentative. We may fall behind (likely) or ahead (less likely) of the planned schedule on any given week.

Week Textbook section covered
Jan 18 - Jan 20

I.3, I.4
Jan 23 - Jan 27
Homework 1: 1/27
I.4, I.5, I.6
Jan 30 - Feb 03
Homework 2: 2/03
II.1, II.2, II.3
Feb 06 - Feb 10
Homework 3: 2/10
II.3, II.4, II.5
Feb 13 - Feb 17
Homework 4: 2/17
II.5, II.6
Feb 20 - Feb 24
Homework 5: 2/24
II.6, II.7
Feb 27 - Mar 03
Midterm: 3/03
III.1, III.2
Mar 06 - Mar 10
Homework 6: 3/10
III.3, III.4, III.5
Mar 20 - Mar 24

III.5, III.6, III.7
Mar 27 - Mar 31
Homework 7: 3/31
III.7, III.10
Apr 03 - Apr 07
Homework 8: 4/07
IV.1, IV.2
Apr 10 - Apr 14
Homework 9: 4/14
IV.3, IV.5
Apr 17 - Apr 21

Apr 24 - Apr 28
Homework 10: 4/28
IV.5, IV.6
May 09 - Final Exam
Final: 5/09
(10:30AM - 12:30PM, place to be announced)


Renato Feres
Cupples I, Room 17
(314) 935 - 6752 (office phone)

Department of Mathematics
Washington University
Campus Box 1146
Saint Louis
Missouri, 63130 USA.

Last Updated: January 11, 2017