SUNY at Stony Brook MAT 200: Logic, Language, and Proof
Summer 2011

General Information

Place and time: TuTh 1:30-4:55, Library N3063

Professor: Alexander Kirillov,, Office: Math 3-112; tel. 632--8289. Office hours: Tu, Th 12:30--1:30

Text: An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning: Numbers, Sets, and Functions, by Peter J. Eccles, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Some weeks, you will be assigned readings from the Mathematics Department's Geometry Notes rather than from the textbook. These notes are available from this website as a free download, in PDF format.

Course outline: This course offers an introduction to mathematical reasoning and proofs. It is intended as a bridge between the loose, heuristic approach often used to teach elementary calculus, and the precise, formal style needed for upper-division mathematics courses.

Homeworks: Homework sets will be typically assigned weekly and due on Monday in class. They will be posted on this web site. (NOT on blackboard site!) Late homework will not be accepted. However, grades for homework assignments may be dropped in cases of documented medical problems or similar difficulties.

Exams. There will be no midterms. However, starting with the second meeting, we will have a short (about 10 minutes) quiz every Thursday. The final exam will be in class, during the last meeting of the class.

Makeup examinations. No make-ups will be given for missed midterms. However, if you miss an exam because of convincingly documented circumstances beyond your control, then, at the professor's discretion, the relevant score may be `dropped' in computing your course grade.

Grades. Grades will be based on the following scheme: Homework -- 30%; QUizzes -- 30%; Final Exam 40%.

Disabilities. If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Note that we cannot make special arrangements for students with disabilities except for those determined by DSS.