MAT 511 Fundamental concepts of mathematics.

The webpage for MAT 511 LEC 2 can be found here.

This is the webpage for MAT 511 LEC 1.

The Final Exam is scheduled for Thursday, Dec 18, 8:00- 10:00 pm.

We will have a review session in class on Monday, Dec 15. (Dec 15 follows the Thursday schedule on the University calendar, so we'll have a class)

  • Text: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics , by Smith, Eggen, and St. Andre, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 6th edition. This is a required text. Parts of the homework will be assigned from it.

  • Grading policy: your grade for the course will be based on:   homework 40%,   in-class work 30%,   final exam 30%

    There will be occasional quizzes in this class (sometimes they will be announced, sometimes not). The quizzes will contribute to your in-class score. No makeups for missed quizzes will be allowed.

    Make-ups for missed final will be allowed only in exceptional cases of unforeseen circumstances beyond student's control. Proper documentation will be required.

  • Homework: weekly assignments will be posted on this page, and will be due in class the following week. Late homework will not be accepted.

    Homework 1 (pdf), due Sept 11. Reading: sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 of the textbook.
    Homework 2 (pdf), due Sept 18. Reading: sections 1.3, 1.5, 1.6 of the textbook (pay special attention to p. 51) Read ahead for the next week: section 1.7
    Homework 3 (pdf), due Sept 25. I think this hw is harder than the first two.
    Homework 4 (pdf), due Oct 2. Reading: section 2.4 Read ahead for the next week: section 2.5
    Homework 5 (pdf), due Oct 16. Reading: sections 2.4, 2.5
    Homework 6 (pdf), due Oct 23. Reading: section 2.1, parts of 2.2 Read ahead for the next week: sections 2.2, 2.3
    Homework 7 (pdf), due Oct 30.
    Homework 8 (pdf), due Nov 6. Reading: sections 3.1, 3.2 Read ahead for the next week: sections 3.3, 3.4
    Homework 9 (pdf), due Nov 13. Reading: sections 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, part of 4.4 Read ahead for the next week: sections 4.4, 4.2, 4.3
    Homework 10 (pdf), due Nov 20. Reading: sections 4.4, 4.2, 4.3
    Homework 11 (pdf), due Dec 4. Reading: please read about functions again. Almost everybody did poorly on the quiz.
    Homework 12 (pdf), due Dec 11. Reading: sections 5.2, 5.3
    Practice questions Please look at these and all the past homeworks, focusing on topics that you find hardest. Bring your questions to the review on Monday, Dec 15. (The review will be a question-answer session. I won't actually teach anything.)

    1.3 5beh, 7afh

    1.4 5d, 7bdf

    1.5 6b, 12b

    1.6 1ac, 7c

    2.1 3i, 4acgk, 5ac

    2.2 10c, 11c, 14ace, 17dejk

    2.4 8ako, 9af, 15be

    2.5 5d

    3.1 3b, 20ab

    3.2 1aek, 3ad, 6a

    3.3 3b (check that this is an equiv relation), 6d (check that you get an equiv relation!)

    4.3 1ack, 3, 8ae,9c, 10a, 17ac

    4.4 2ac, 7ac, 14ad, 15b, 19a, 22a

    5.2 1, 4a

    5.3 12ab, 16a

  • Course description: This course aims to develop your appreciation of the logical basis of mathematics, and to lay the foundation for subsequent courses in the program. One of our goals will be to enhance your ability to understand and construct proofs. We will discuss fundamental ideas like number, set, and function; topics to be covered are A more detailed schedule, along with homeworks, will be posted below as the course progresses.

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