Topics. This course is an introduction to the techniques used in rigorous mathematical reasoning. Topics to be discussed include:
Prerequisites. Math 233.
Time. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, in Cupples I, Room 218.
Text. The lectures will follow J. P. D'Angelo and D. B. West, Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs, Prentice Hall, 2000. ISBN:0-13-014412-6.
Homework. Collaboration is allowed, but each student must turn in an individually-written set of homework solutions. Students are encouraged to work additional exercises from the indicated problem sections, although the homework grade will be based only on the exercises listed below. Please return your solutions to the instructor by the end of class. Problem sets will be assigned as follows:
Tests. There will be midterm examinations in class on Thursday, October 10, 2002 (Solutions), and Thursday, November 14, 2002 (Solutions). There will be one cumulative final examination emphasizing the remaining material, held Monday, December 16, 2002, from 1-3pm in the classroom.
Grading. One letter grade will be assigned for homework, one for the two midterm examinations, and one for the final examination. These three will contribute equally to the course grade. Students taking the Cr/NCr or P/F options will need a grade of D or better to pass.
Office Hours. Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm, or by appointment.