MTH 191: Language of Mathematics

Tuesdays 2:30-3:45pm in Martin 206
Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:45 in Student Union 104

Dr. Norah Esty
Duffy 272;; x1272

My office hours are: Tuesdays 4-5; Wednesdays 8-10:30; Fridays 9:30-10:30
If you want to come at another time, email me for an appointment.
If I am not in my office during office hours, try the Math Lounge (Duffy 209).
Email is the best way to get in touch with me.  I check my email twice a day. 

Ryan's help sessions are xx in xx.

Course assignments are posted on the course twitter page, here:

   Click here for course policies.  Please read these.
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TA: The TA for this course is Ryan Sullivan (  Ryan will be holding two help sessions each week, in addition to assisting in class.  The sessions are TBA. 

Goals of the course:
  Mathematics is a primarily written language.  Therefore the emphasis in this course is on reading and writing mathematics.  You will learn to read, write, and think like an advanced mathematician. You will learn to read symbolic mathematics with comprehension, express mathematical thoughts clearly, reason logically, recognize and employ common patterns of mathematical thought, and read and write proofs.  In addition, you will learn to use the mathematical typesetting language LaTeX.  

Text: Introduction to Higher Mathematics, 5th ed., Warren W. Esty and Norah C. Esty.  You will be expected to read the text. Bring it to class each day. This course is not about calculation. Calculators will not be needed at all.

Expectations and Grading: This course requires a lot of work. Homework will be assigned twice a week. You will read the text, participate in class, take weekly quizzes, write small papers and take three unit exams as well as a comprehensive final exam.  Please ask questions in class.  On homework, quizzes, and exams, show your work. Correct answers with little or no supporting work will receive little or no credit.

Unlike other math courses you may have taken, I will actually expect you to read the text
. This course is concerned not only with writing, but with learning to read mathematics on your own. Therefore, you will be responsible for all the material in the chosen sections of the text, whether or not we cover it in lecture.   I will also assign problems from sections we have not yet covered; this is intentional, and the intent is for you to learn by reading.

I will do my best to explain things clearly in class.  I will also try to go over one or two homework questions at the start of each class. However, due to time limitations, I usually can't go over them all in class. If you donít understand a homework question, please come to my office hours, or to Ryan's help sessions.  It is up to you to make sure you are keeping on top of the material.  Read the book, and if you have questions about a section, please ask! Either of us will be happy to help you. 

Credit for the homework is based on effort.  Homework displaying serious effort will receive full credit.  I do not accept late homework.

The grading scheme is as follows:
There may be a curve on individual exams, in which case the letter grade on the exam expresses the curve.  Keep track of your grade

In addition, make sure you have read my course policies.

Exam Dates:
If you anticipate conflicts, please let me know as soon as possible.

Paper Due Dates: Papers are due at midnight, emailed to me, as a .tex file.

If you have any questions about the course, please ask me!