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The TA for this course is
Ryan Sullivan (email@example.com).
Ryan will be holding two help sessions each week, in
addition to assisting in class. The sessions are
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:
- Homework (graded on effort): 100 points
- Quizzes (lowest score dropped): 100 points
- Writing assignments: 100 points
- Three unit exams: 100 points each
- Comprehensive final exam: 200 points
- Total: 800 points
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
- Exam 1: Thursday, Sept. 19
- Exam 2: Friday, Oct. 18
- Exam 3: Friday, Nov. 15
- Final Exam: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1:30pm
Paper Due Dates: Papers are due at midnight, emailed
to me, as a .tex file.
- Paper 1: Sunday, Sept. 8
- Paper 2: Sunday, Oct. 6
- Paper 3: Sunday, Nov. 3
- Paper 4: Sunday, Dec. 8
If you have any questions about the course, please ask me!