Introduction to Modern Mathematics

Course Details

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Spring 2017
Bolin Hall
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MWF 11:00-11:50am

Dr. Michelle Knox (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Description: Introduction to logic and methods of proof, set operations, equivalence relations, functions, mathematical induction, and cardinality.  Other topics related to the study of the structure of mathematical proof may be included.

Course Expectations

Prerequisites: MATH 1634 with a C or better


Textbook: Bridge to Abstract Mathematics by Oberste-Vorth, Mouzakitis, and Lawrence

Grading Standards

Grading: The student’s final grade will be calculated as follows:

            classwork                   8%

            4 exams                       17% each        

            final exam                    24%                                                      

The following percentages will be used to calculate the student’s final grade:

            A         90%-100%                 

            B         80%-90%

            C         70%-80%                   

            D         60%-70%

            F          less than 60%


Classwork: Classwork includes attendance, class participation, homework, presentation of homework problems and other board work, and completion of in-class work (worksheets, quizzes, etc.)

Homework: Homework will be collected randomly.  Any score assigned to homework will be included in the classwork portion of your final grade.  Unless told otherwise, you are allowed (and even encouraged) to work with your classmates on homework exercises.  However, you must write your own final proofs.   Do not:

            (1) write up your final proof with anyone else.

            (2) allow another person to read your final proof before it is graded.


Please note that you are not allowed to consult other textbooks or the internet for any of your homework exercises. You may consult other MSU faculty members.


There may be instances where a student is asked to solve a problem on his/her own without the help of others.  In this case, the student is not allowed to talk to any other person about the problem, nor is the student allowed to consult any other resource besides the course text and class notes.


See the MSU student handbook for university policies on academic honesty.  This can be found online at:




Exams: There will be four exams. The dates of the three exams are:

             Monday, February 13, 2017

            Friday, March 10, 2107

            Friday, April 7, 2017

            Monday, May 1, 2017

The date of the final exam is Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm.

            If a student knows that he/she will miss an exam, every effort must be made by     the student to notify the instructor as soon as possible.  Make-up exams are given      at the discretion of the instructor. It is best to call your professor rather than email            when you miss an exam.


Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Attendance: Attendance will be taken at every class.  Any student who is late to class or who leaves early may be counted absent.  Any student who misses 4 or more classes may be dropped from the course.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to

            (1) get notes from another student for the day(s) you missed, and

            (2) see Dr. Knox before the next class for any handouts from the day you missed.

Other Policies

Additional Assistance: You are welcome to stop by Dr. Knox’s office at any time during office hours if you have questions or need extra help with this course.   


See the MSU student handbook for university policies on academic honesty.  This can be found online at               


Please note that a student with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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