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Unformatted text preview: MA 315 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics Spring 2011 Instructor: Peter Turbek Office: CLO 329 Telephone: 989-2277 Class Webpage: http://ems.calumet.purdue.edu/mcss/psturbek/index.html e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: MW: 2:00-3:30, 5:00-6:30, and by appointment. Text: There is no text for this course. Prerequisite: MA 261 with a C or better, or equivalent. Grading: 50% homework, 30% total for two exams, 20% final exam. Homework: Format. All assignments must be typed . I suggest you use L A T E X, a powerful and easy to use mathematical typesetting program. There are links to help you use Latex on the class website. If you use Microsoft Word, you will need to use Microsoft Equation editor to import mathematical symbols. To use it on a PC, go to the insert menu and select Object. You will see a list, and the equation editor is one of the options. Usng L A T E Xor Word allows me to make comments on drafts of your homeworks. I will also accept homework submissions by email attachment; I can handle Word (.doc and .docx) files, and L A T E X(.tex) files. I can also accept .ps, .dvi and .pdf files, but cant make comments on them electronically. Homework: Content. Your homework for this course will be much more writing- intensive than in previous math courses. At first, you will probably also find it more difficult, because of the unfamiliarity of what I will expect of you. Instead of recording calculations, your writing will be recording arguments : the formal reasoning processes that guide us on the path to mathematical certainty. This is not an easy task, and I will approach it gradually, so you can become familiar with the basic material and tools used to build arguments. A key part of the process will be your work on your writing skills. The most basic expectation I will have for all your work is that you write in complete sentences using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Beyond this, I want you to become clear and concise in your writing, so that your meaning is not merely possible to decipher with hard work on the part of your reader, but absolutely transparent at first glance. The best writers (mathematical or not) make this looktransparent at first glance....
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