Introduction to Modern Math

Course Details

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Spring 2011
Bolin Hall
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Days & Times

MWF 1:00-1:50pm

Dr. Michelle Knox (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Mathematical Proofs a Transition to Advanced Mathe
Mathematical Proofs a Transition to Advanced Mathematics by G. Chartrand, A. Polimeni, and P. Zhang

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: Mathematical Proofs a Transition to Advances Mathematics  by G. Chartrand, A. Polimeni, and P. Zhang

Grading Standards


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

            classwork                        16%

            4 exams                        16% each           

            final exam                        20%                                                               


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

            A            90%-100%                       

            B            80%-90%

            C            70%-80%                       

            D            60%-70%

            F            less than 60%

Final Exam

05/09/2011 3:30-5:30pm

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

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


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 more than 9 classes may be dropped from the course. 

Other Policies


Homework will not be collected on a regular basis.  However, quiz and exam problems are based on homework problems, so you are strongly encouraged to complete every homework assignment.  I will answer questions concerning homework at the beginning of each class.  I reserve the right to collect homework at any time and for any reason.


Unless told otherwise, you are allowed (and even encouraged) to work with your classmates on homework exercises.  Please note that you are not allowed to consult other textbooks or the internet for any of your homework exercises.


There may be instances where a student is asked to solve a homework or test 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.

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

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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