# Math 109 (Mathematical Reasoning) - Winter 2013

Professor: CRISTIAN D. POPESCU.
Lectures: MWF 8:00-8:50am, in PETER 102.

Office Hours: MF 9:00 - 10:00am, W 3:00-4:00pm in  AP&M 6256.
Office: AP&M 6256. Phone: 858-534-6297. E-mail: cpopescu@math.ucsd.edu

Teaching Assistant: JACOB HUGHES.
Discussion Sections: Tu 8-8:50pm (A01) and Tu 9-9:50pm (A02), in AP&M 5402.

Office Hours: T 1-2, Th 2-4,  in AP&M 6436.
Office: AP&M 6436. E-mail: jthughes@ucsd.edu

## COURSE DESCRIPTION

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 includes learning what kinds of statements need proof, what constitutes a proof, and how to 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.

EXAMS

• Midterm I -  Monday, February 4, 8:00am, in PETER 102. Topics: Chapters 1-5 (textbook). Exam 1 solutions.
• Midterm II - Monday, March 4, 8:00am, in PETER 102.  Topics: Chapters 6-9 (textbook). Additional office hr: Popescu, Friday, March 1,  3-4.  Review: Hughes, Sunday, March 3,  12-2, in AP&M 6402. Exam 2 solutions.
• Final Exam - Monday, March 18, 8:00-11:00am. Location: PETER 102. Topics: Comprehensive (Chapters 1-12 in the textbook.)
• 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.