EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: 294-8143
OFFICE HOURS: Mon, Fri 1-2, Wed, Thurs 10-11, or by appointment.
CLASS WEB PAGE: www.public.iastate.edu/~psacks/classes/m201/math201.html
TEXTBOOKS: Book of Proof, 2nd ed. by Richard Hammack; Basic Analysis, by Jiri Lebl
COURSE PREREQUISITES: MATH 166
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: We will learn
how to read and write mathematical proofs
using logical reasoning.
We also learn various proof techniques including the mathematical induction
method, while learning selected basic facts
in set theory, elementary number theory, combinatorial mathematics and
We will learn and apply the methods of thought that mathematicians use
theorems, explore mathematical truth and create new mathematical
This will prepare us for advanced mathematics courses, for we will be
better able to understand proofs, write our own proofs and think
and inquisitively about mathematics.
COURSE CONTENT: We will cover (i) most of Book of Proof except for Chapter 3, and (ii) parts of Chapters 1-3 in Basic Analysis. Specific topics are
|Three in-class exams||15% of grade each|
|Homework||25% of grade|
|Class participation||10% of grade|
|Final exam||20% of grade|
Assignments will be
for each class, which are not
all meant to be handed in. Nevertheless,
problems in a careful and timely manner is the most important way
have to learn the material. Click
an up-to-date list of homework assignments. Selected
problems from will be
collected for grading, usually on Friday of each week, including dead
here for homework assignments to hand in and their due dates. Your
work on all assignments should be carefully presented in good
English. You are encouraged to discuss the
homework assignments with classmates -- things not clear to you may become
obvious when you try to explain
them to others or when you hear other points of view. However
the work you hand in should be entirely
EXAMS: These will take place during the regular class period on February 10, March 9 and April 20 (all Wednesdays). Exam problems will be similar to homework problems. I will clarify a week or so ahead of time exactly what topics will be covered on each exam. Policies concerning make-up exams will follow the general Mathematics department guidelines. The final exam time will be posted here as soon as it is available.
CLASS ATTENDANCE: Although
attendance will not be taken, regular attendance and participation in
class activities are prerequisites for success, and the class
participation portion of your grade may be adversely affected by
repeated absences.Office hours are for those of you who need additional help beyond that
given in the class; they are not substitutes for class.
Cell phones and other communications devices should be turned off
during class time. In the event that a student needs to keep his/her
phone on for an emergency, please notify the instructor before class.
During class time, laptop computers or tablets should only be used for