Math 109 (Mathematical
Reasoning) - Spring 2015
Professor: CRISTIAN D.
Lectures: TTh 9:30-10:50, in PETER 103.
Office Hours: TTh 11-12 in AP&M 6256.
Phone: 858-534-6297. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistant: COREY D. STONE
Discussion Sections: A01 - Tu 5-5:50 in AP&M B412; A02 - Tu 6-6:50 in AP&M B412.
Office Hours: W 1-2, F 2-3 in AP&M 6331.
WHAT IS MATH 109? This course is an
introduction to mathematical reasoning. Perhaps the most useful
consequence of studying mathematics is an enhanced ability to analyze
problems, mathematical or otherwise, logically. In advanced mathematics
courses and in mathematics research, this ability is deployed primarily
to prove that specific statements are true. The goal of this course is
to give the students an understanding of what it
means to do mathematics beyond simply doing calculations. This
what kinds of statements need proof, what constitutes a proof, and how
read and write proofs.
TEXT: PETER J. ECCLES, An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1997. You
are expected to read the text BEFORE each lecture.
- Midterm I - Tuesday, April 21, 9:30-10:50am, in PETER 103. Topics: Chapters 1-4. Sample (50 minute) exam. Warning: your exam will be an 80 minute exam and therefore it will consist of 5 questions.
- Midterm II
- Tuesday, May 19, 9:30-10:50am, in PETER 103. Topics: Chapters 5-7. Sample (50 minute) exam. (Please ignore problem 1.)
- Final Exam - June 9, 2015, 8-11am, in TBA. Topics: Comprehensive.
No notes, textbooks, calculators
are allowed during exams. No make-up exams will be given.
Cheating on an exam results in 0 points for that exam, as well as
further disciplinary action.
- Midterms 1+2: 20% each; Final Exam: 40%;
Homework: 20%. The grading will be done on a curve, the median
corresponding to a B-/C+.
Help with mathematical problems:
Help with personal problems which
affect your class work:
- Section: Ask
questions in section --- this is one of the main reasons why sections
- Office Hours: You
are strongly advised to take full advantage of your professor's and
- Classmates: Sometimes
a classmate can help. Sometimes you can learn by working out problems
together with your classmates.
- Talk to the professor or, if appropriate, your