2013 Course Syllabus
Professor: George Francis
Teaching Assistant: Brian Fisher
Term Duration: 10jun13 - 2aug13
Required Texts: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.
Goals: 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. This course satisfies both the Quantitative Reasoning II and the Composition II Gen Ed requirements.
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 learn to prepare all homework assignments in LaTeX. They use geometrical construction packages to compose, label and caption figures. A 15 page expository paper or a substantial, fully documented program in Python or other computer language constitutes the semester project. The project proposal, progress report and final draft are extensively edited and rewritten. Students keep a handwritten Journal of their work.
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Essential Information: The course can be taken for a plus/minus letter grade or an S/U grade for 4 credits. Term paper is due 26jul13. Proctored 2 hour midterm must be taken in the week of 8jul13. Proctored 3 hour final must be taken between 2aug13 and 6aug13. All other quizzes, homework and assignments are scheduled on the syllabus. The final grade will be based on this distribution: 30% final, 20% midterm, 20% termpaper, and 30% class participation fraction (based on all other assigned and optional work.).