Math 109 (Mathematical
Reasoning) - Spring 2004
Professor: CRISTIAN D.
POPESCU -- Lectures: MWF 1:00-1:50 in WLH 2207
Office Hours: Mo. & We.
2:00-3:00pm, in AP&M 6256.
Office: AP&M 6256; Phone: 858-534-6297; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching Assistant: CALEB
EMMONS -- Discussion Sections: M 3-3:50 (B01) and M 4-4:50 (B02)
in HSS 2152
Office Hours: W 3-5 & Th
3:30-5, in AP&M 2202
Office: AP&M 2202; 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 includes learning
what kinds of statements need proof, what constitutes a proof, and how
to read and write proofs.
TEXT P. Fletcher and C. W.
Patty, Foundations of Higher Mathematics, 3rd ed., (Pacific
Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. 1996). You
are expected to read the text BEFORE each lecture.
- Midterm I - Monday, April 19, 1:00pm, in WLH 2207. Midterm I - solutions.
- Midterm II
- Monday, May 10, 1:00pm, in WLH 2207. Midterm II - solutions.
- Final Exam - Thursday, June 10, 11:30am-2:30pm.
Location: WLH 2207. Sample Final Exam.
Topics - up to (and including) 5.2. REVIEW
- MONDAY, JUNE 7, 5-6PM. AP&M 2402.
No notes, textbooks, calculators
are allowed during exams. No make-up exams will be given.
on an exam results in 0 points for that exam, as well as further
- Midterms 1+2: 20% each; Final Exam: 40%;
Homework: 20%. The grading will be done on a curve, the median
IMPORTANT LINKS Schedule and
Homework. Click on hw1, hw2, hw3, hw4, hw5,
hw6, hw7, hw8, hw9, hw10, hw11 for solutions to
selected homework problems (courtesy of Tai Melcher).
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
ta's office hours.
- 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