Algebraic Structures, Math 2155F, Fall 2018

Class Times: MWF 10:30-11:30am, starting Sep 7 and ending Dec 7
Location: NS7
Prerequisites: 1.0 course from: Mathematics 1120A/B, 1600A/B, Applied Mathematics 1413, Calculus 1000A/B, 1500A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B, or the former Calculus 1100A/B, in each case with a minimum mark of 60%; or permission of the department.



Instructor: Chris Hall
Office: Middlesex 114
Office Hours: M 1:30-2:30pm, W 8:30-9:30am, F 11:30am-12:30pm

Text: How to Prove It, Second Edition, by D.J. Velleman


Course Outline:

We will follow the text and expect to cover the following topics:

-- Logic and Set Theory
-- Proof Strategies and Styles
-- Relations and Functions
-- Mathematical Induction



Homework: There will be weekly assignments posted to OWL.  An assignment is due at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  I do not accept late homework, but I will drop the lowest score at the end of the term.  You should complete each assignment entirely on your own (as if it were an exam).  You must then submit it electronically via Crowdmark by the designated deadline.  If you complete it by hand, then please submit proper scans of each page and not photos.

Midterm Exam: Wed. Nov 7 from 7pm to 9pm in 3M 3250.

Final Exam: Date To Be Announced


Homework 25%
Midterm Exam 35%
Final Exam 40%



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