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Announcement 21jan16

2016 Course Syllabus

**Professor:** George Francis

** Teaching Assistant **: TBA

** Online Text Developers:** Mike Sommers, Brian Fisher

**Required Text:** Access to D'Angelo-West *Mathematical Thinking*
Prentice Hall, 1997, 2000, any edition

**Prerequisites:** Calculus II (Math 231 or the equivalent)
and completion of the campus Composition I General Education requirement.

**Class Time 347 E1:** MWF 1:00pm 343 Altgeld Hall

**Class Time 347 G1:** MWF 3:00pm 241 Altgeld Hall

**Lab for MA348:** TR 1:00pm by appointment, 104 ATLAS
House at 608 S Mathews (white frame house corner with Oregon).

**Description: **This course prepares freshmen, sophomore, and transfer
students for work in upper division mathematics courses by teaching
selected fundamental topics from discrete
and continuous mathematics, techniques of proof and computer simulation,
and good mathematical exposition. The MA348 course satisfies also the
**Composition II General Education Credit.** Both sections for the
3CR MA347 component are the same and students may attend either lecture.
The lab time for the 4CR MA348 version will be arranged.

**Content: ** Central to the course is the ability of its
students to read, construct and write mathematical proofs and to
understand the structure and conventions of written mathematical arguments.
In this edition of the course students learn to program simple
mathematical algorithms in *Python*. Students are encouraged to learn
*LaTeX* to prepare homework assignments. They use geometrical
construction packages to compose, label and caption figures.
For MA348, a 15 page expository paper, or a substantial, carefully documented program
in Python or HTML5/Javascript, constitutes the required semester project.
The project proposal, progress report and final draft are extensively
edited and rewritten. Students keep a handwritten Journal of their work.

**Policies**: Additional information will be added to this website
periodically, and linked at the top of this page. Set your bookmarks here and
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**Essential Information:**
Graduate students can take MA348 for a 1U letter or S/U grade.
Term paper is due: M13. Final is on 8-11am Tuesday, 10may16. Conflict
final 8-11am Friday, 6may16. Conflicts must be declared and approved
no later that the last class. Office hours at ATLAS House.
All quizzes, homework and assignments are scheduled on the syllabus.

The final grade will be based on this distribution: 30% final, 30% midterms,
40% class participation based on all other assigned and optional work.
The 4CR MA348 version is redistributed so that the term project is 25% of
the course grade.