Math 109 (Mathematical
Reasoning) - Fall 2013
Professor: CRISTIAN D.
Lectures: MWF 9:00-9:50am, in CSB002 (Note the room change!)
Office Hours: MW 10:00
- 11:00am and F 12:00-1:00pm in AP&M 6256.
Phone: 858-534-6297. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistant: COREY STONE
Discussion Sections: M 6-6:50pm (A02) and M 7-7:50pm (A01), in AP&M 5402.
Office Hours: M 12-1, T 1-3, W 3-4 in AP&M 5768.
Office: AP&M 5768. E-mail: email@example.com
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 - Wednesday, October 16, 9:00am, in CSB 002. Topics: Chapters 1-4 (textbook). Exam I solutions.
- Midterm II
- Wednesday, November 20, 9:00am, in CSB 002.
Topics: Chapters 5-9 (textbook). Exam II solutions.
- Final Exam - Wednesday, December 11,
8:00-11:00am. Location: CSB 002. Topics: Comprehensive (Chapters 1-9, 15-18.)
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