http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/220fa03/

The required core of topics include logic, set theory, number theory, induction, functions, relations, operations, and combinatorics. Other topics will be covered as time permits. However, the main goal of the course is to learn how to write proofs, and a considerable amount of time will be spent working through the fundamentals of creating and formulating good proofs. 

Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Papanikolas 


Office Hours:  Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:3011:30; also by appointment. 




Office:  321 Milner 

Office Phone:  8451615 

Email:  map@math.tamu.edu 




Textbook:  The required textbook is An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics by Robert J. Bond and William J. Keane, Brooks/Cole, 1999, ISBN 0534950507. Occasionally required handouts will be available for purchase at Kinko's (509 University Drive). 




Course Syllabus:  The course covers chapters 15, and additional topics will be covered as time permits. 




Prerequisite:  Math 172 (second semester calculus) or equivalent. 




Course Webpage:  http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/220fa03/ 

There will be 3 inclass exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below. 

Exam 1 
Exam 2 
Exam 3 
Final Exam 

Date/Time 
Sept. 25 (Th) 
Oct. 23 (Th) 
Nov. 20 (Th) 
Dec. 17 (Wed) 
Location 
BLOC 164 
BLOC 164 
BLOC 164 
TBA 

Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points obtained on exams, homework, and quizzes. Out of 500 total points, each component contributes to your grade as follows: 
Component 
Points 

Homework/Quizzes 
75 
Exam 1 
100 
Exam 2 
100 
Exam 3 
100 
Final Exam 
125 

The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades: 
Grade 
Percentage of Total Points 

A 
90.0%100.0% 
B 
80.0%89.9% 
C 
70.0%79.9% 
D 
60.0%69.9% 
F 
0.0%59.9% 

Homework will be collected once or twice per week for a grade. Homework assignments will be posted on this web page, so check back frequently! 



Quizzes will be in class, 515 minutes. Usually they will be announced beforehand in class (and on this web page). 

Missed Work:  Making up missed work will be arranged according to Univesrity policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work. 




Academic Dishonesty:  It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your writeups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. 




Disability Assistance:  Assistance is available from the office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Koldus 126, 8451637, ssdinfo@tamu.edu, http://studentlife.tamu.edu/ssd/. Students seeking special considerations for an exam must contact this office several weeks in advance. 