Syllabus for Math 301, Fall 2020

Course Description

Set theory, logic, development of number systems and axiomatic systems. Attention is also given to the history of mathematics and famous mathematicians.

Important Dates

First day of classes is on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Last day to add/drop a class online without a fee is on Friday, September 4th.

Labor Day Holiday is on Monday, September 7th.

Last day to add a class with faculty signature is on Friday, September 11th.

Last day to drop a class (with fee) is on Monday, October 5th.

Withdrawls begin with W or WF is on Tuesday, October 6th.

Last day to withdraw from a class (with fee) is on Thursday, October 22nd.

Thanksgiving Holiday is on Thursday, November 26th.

Thanksgiving Holiday is on Friday, November 27th.

Reading Day is on Saturday, December 5th.

Last day of classes (including finals) is on Thursday, December 10th.

Calculators and Computers

A calculator is not required for the course.

Mathematics Learning Center

The MLC is a good place for math students to study. The Math Learning Center has hired tutors to help with tutor help for classes. They are contactable remotely and can help you at various times of the day! Sign up on Tutoring Queue website to sign into the queue to receive help. The link to the Microsoft Teams page is here.

Additional Help

Seek help if and when you need it! Email is a good place to ask me questions. The best time to ask me questions is ANYTIME! Because of the coronavirus, I will maintain electronic contact with you much higher than a face-to-face class. If you cannot meet during the scheduled Office Hours on Zoom, then just email me and we will find a time that will work for both of us! It's not hard! Please do it!


During a face-to-face class, attendance is mandatory! Come every day! However, during the pandemic, you are encouraged to WORK daily! Keep up! Your attendance and full participation in this class are required for a satisfactory grade. You are responsible for any material covered during your absence! You must ask other classmates for any hints or help learned in class during your absence! Prolonged absence from class or often arriving to class late will lower a student's grade.

Classroom Decorum.

As we are not in a classroom this semester, please maintain kind and courteous behavior online. Anything that would be consider disruptive in a classroom is still disruptive right now. Treat others with respect and you will be blessed! If you find that you are distracted during classroom presentations by disruptive behavior of any sort, please talk with me.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide math majors a transition to upper level mathematics. Emphasis will be on logic, sets, proof writing, cardinality, algebra, and analysis, including definitions, proofs, theorems.

Instructional Methods

The primary instructional method will be lecture and discussion, where the initial portion of the class is available for questions. Secondary methods include homework, problem sets, quizzes, and written exams, as well as solutions to selected assignments. Tertiary methods may include class handouts, student board work, graphing calculators, and computer software. Students are encouraged to ask questions of the instructor at his office if time is not available in class.

Homework and Quizzes

Homework will be assigned but not completely collected. Exercises that are boldfaced are to be turned in and will be graded. In order to succeed, you need to come to class, prepared to work having previewed the material to be covered that day. You should have the homework completed the class period after we cover the section in class. Keep up with homework assignments and exams, work more problems than those assigned for homework if necessary. Note that the back of your book gives answers to some problems. Make sure you keep up! Homework is your opportunity to prepare for the quizzes and exams. Refer to other transitional math books online or in the library, form study groups, and get help promptly when problems arise. You will find that quizzes will be modeled after the homework, and may include exact problems from the homework. Quizzes will be given approximately once weekly. Quizzes cannot be made up for ANY reason, since I will drop one out of every five quizzes. Working with partners or in groups on homework is encouraged!

Do not copy solutions to problems more or less directly from the internet or from another source (including other students). While I highly encourage you to work in groups and learn from the internet, I would like to see the solutions written in your own words, which demonstrates that you understand the material. If I find two or more solutions, which are essentially the same (notation, structure, words, errors), I will split the points for that question equally among all students submitting that solution. Note that if you cannot do the homework questions without assistance, it may indicate you will not perform well on an exam.


The tests will be given in Canvas over a few day period to make it flexible for you. Students who fail to take an exam during the schedule may only take a make-up exam for full credit if previous arrangements were made with the instructor or under extenuating circumstances. Make-up exams are rarely given. I do not drop your lowest exam score; rather, if you perform well on the final exam, I will use the final exam score to REPLACE your lowest chapter exam. A schedule of the exams is on the calendar. A schedule of the exams is on the calendar for section 1.

Exam Material covered
1 Chapter 1
2 Chapter 2
3 Chapter 3-4
4 Chapter 5
Final comprehensive

Final Exam Policy

School policy dictates: "Final exams are to be offered on the specific day and time as determined by the official university exam schedule. Students must plan travel, family visits, etc., in a way that will not interfere with their final exams. Less expensive air fares, more convenient travel arrangements, family events or activities, and any other non-emergency reasons are not considered justification for early or late final exams.'' Exceptions to this policy are as follows and should be submitted in writing to the Dean of the college or school as soon as possible. See the final exam schedule page for more information.

Grading and Evaluation

Your course grade will be based on exams, a final, homework and quizzes. Exams will be worth 65% of the course grade, with 20% in homework and the remaining 15% in quizzes. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

A 93-
A- 90-93
B+ 87-90
B 83-87
B- 80-83
C+ 75-80
C 70-75
C- 65-70
D 55-65
D- 50-55
F Below 50

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