Intro to Modern Math

Course Details

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Fall 2014
Bolin Hall
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Dr. Mark Farris (view Profile)


Bridge to Abstract Mathematics

Course Objectives

This course is an introduction to the modern notion of mathematical proof.  The text is Bridge to Abstract Mathematics by Oberste-Vorth, Mouzakitis, and Lawrence.  Your primary objectives are to

  • Understand the need for mathematical proof
  • Learn basic proof strategies
  • Learn to read and evaluate mathematical proofs
  • Learn to create and edit mathematical proofs

This course is required of all mathematics majors and minors.  It is a prerequisite for a substantial number of upper level math courses.

Grading Standards

Like all math textbooks our textbook has exercises.  Exercises appear in two different ways.

  • First are the Exercises interspersed with the text.  These are unusual in that they are numbered in logical development with the text itself.  So, for example, the 1st exercise in the book is Exercise 22 which appears on page 18.  There aren’t a whole lot of these, but they are crucial to the logical development of the course.  Students will write correct proofs of these exercises on the board. Each student should write out solutions to each of these exercises; you will be called on to present solutions to the class.  This will be the basis for your Class Participation grade. 
  • Second are the Supplemental Exercises which appear at the end of each chapter.  I will give homework assignments from these exercises.  These exercises are also good practice for exams.

Your grade will be based on 5 items:

Class Participation                                                                                                            20%

Homework                                                                                                                        20%          

Two midterm exams                                                                                                         20% each

Final exam

Final Exam

12/09/2014 8:00AM

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.

Late Paper Policy

No late work will be accepted.

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

By enrolling in this class you have made 30 Doctor’s appointments with Dr. Farris. Please come to class.  If you should need to miss a class, arrive late, or leave early, then you should inform me in writing of your need to do so.  You may either hand me a note in class or send me an e-mail, an oral statement is not sufficient.  Students absent more than 4 times may be dropped, but you will not be dropped for excessive absences as long as you maintain a passing average.  

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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