Office hours are Tuesdays 1:00–2:30, and Fridays 11:30–1:00. My office is Chase Building 252; it's on a funny half-floor, and can only be reached via the little stairs at the south end of the building (map).
There will be one in-class midterm exam, on (provisionally) Friday 18 February (just before spring break). This will be worth 20% of the overall grade. The final exam will be scheduled by the Registrar’s office, and will be worth 50% of the overall grade.
Homework will be due bi-weekly, on Wednesdays in class, and will consist of a mixture of reading assignments, essays, and mathematical problems. The assignments will be posted here at least two weeks in advance.
Essay: describe your previous experience(s) with mathematics—in school, at university, in the workplace, online, in social life, anywhere! What does mathematics mean (or, what has it meant) in your life? In society as a whole? What do you hope or expect to gain from this course? (Recommended length: 250–1000 words, i.e. roughly 1–4 pages if handwritten.)
Reading/problems: write up a solution to one of the problems of Section 1.1. (Reading other parts of Chapter 1 may be helpful.)
Problems from textbook, Section 1.4: 4, 7, 12, 13, (14), (15), 16, 17, (19); section 2.3: (1), 2, 3, (4), (6), 9, 11, (26), 28, 35, (36). PDF version.
Problems in brackets are optional: I recommend that you at least look at them, but they won't be graded for credit.
Problems from textbook, Section 2.2: (1), (7), 8, (10), 14, (26), (28), 30; section 4.3: (1), 3, (8), 9, 12, (18). PDF version.
Essay: choose one of three options—see PDF.
Midterm review notes:
Notes on generalised Fibonacci sequences and Binet’s formula.
Midterm exam: pdf
Statistics etc. practice questions:
Problems from textbook, Section 7.1: 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12. Section 8.1: 2, 5, 8, 9, 14, 16, 20. Section 8.2: 2, 4, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29.
Notes of lectures on history of proof: part I
Each assignment has the same total weight towards your overall final grade, except that I'll drop your lowest homework score in calculating the total. Overall, the written assignments will count for 20% of your final grade.Model solutions.
In the second half of the semester, there will be group projects; more details will be announced in late January.