Math 347 - Fundamental Mathematics

Sections B1 and C2

Fall 2019

General information

Time and place:

Instructor: Patrick Allen
Email:Email address
Office: 340 Illini Hall

Deconfusion Session: Monday 2:00pm – 2:50pm in 2 Illini Hall
Office hours: Thursday 9:00am – 9:50am and Friday 1:00pm – 1:50pm in 340 Illini Hall
Tutoring room: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00 – 6:00pm in 347 Altgeld Hall, starting August 29
Online forum: Piazza group for Math 347, Sections B1 and C2.

Text: An introduction to Abstract Mathematics by Donaldson and Pantano. Available for purchase at the bookstore and online.

Extra resources: Professor Hildebrandt has some handouts here on various topics that may be helpful.

Course log: Daily topics, reading, homework assignments, etc.

Course content

This is an introduction to mathematical language, rigorous mathematical thinking, fundamental mathematical structures, and methods of proof. Topics include logic, set theory, induction, equivalence relations, functions, number theory, cardinality, and convergence.

Grading, homework, exams, etc.

Grading scheme: Homework: 20%, Midterms: 15% each, Final exam: 35%.

Final grade cutoffs will not be stricter than 90% for an A- grade, 80% for a B-, and so on. The grade cutoffs may be set more generously depending on the difficulty of the exams. Your homework and exam grades will be recored in ATLAS Gradebook.

Midterms: There will be three midterm exams in class.

There will be no make-up exams for missed midterms. Rather, in the event of a valid illness, accident, or family crisis you can be excused from an exam so that it does not count toward your overall average. Such situations must be documented and I reserve final judgment as to whether an exam will be excused.

Final Exam: Wednesday, December 18, 1:30pm–4:30pm in 1310 Digital Computing Laboratory. More information here.

Homework: Homework will be posted on the course log and is due at the beginning of class every Wednesday, except for weeks when there is a midterm. Your lowest two homework scores will be dropped. One homework assignment will be accepted up to 48 hours after it is due. Otherwise late HW will not be accepted. You are allowed and encouraged to work in groups! However, you must prepare the write-up on your own. Homework must be stapled and written or printed on paper and turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. Please write your name, homework number, and section number on each homework. Homework will be graded on mathematical content, quality of exposition, and completeness.

Attendance: You will be working actively in many of the class periods, so attendance and participation in lectures is important for understanding material. To encourage this, I will add up to 2% bonus in your final score based on attendance and participation.

Other information

Academic integrity: Violations of academic integrity will be taken seriously, and will be handled under the procedures of Article I, Part 4 of the student code.

Resources for students with disabilities: To obtain disability-related academic adjustments or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities should contact the course instructor and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). For more information, go to the DRES website .

Emergency information: Some emergency information courtesy of the University of Illinois Police.

Support resources and supporting fellow students in distress: As members of the Illinois community, we each have a responsibility to express care and concern for one another. If you come across a classmate whose behavior concerns you, whether in regards to their well-being or yours, we encourage you to refer this behavior to the Student Assistance Center (217-333-0050) or online here. Based upon your report, staff in the Student Assistance Center reach out to students to make sure they have the support they need to be healthy and safe.

Further, we understand the impact that struggles with mental health can have on your experience at Illinois; significant stress, strained relationships, anxiety, excessive worry, alcohol/drug problems, a loss of motivation, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can all interfere with optimal academic performance. We encourage all students to reach out to talk with someone, and want to make sure you are aware that you can access mental health support at the Counseling Center or McKinley Health Center. For mental health emergencies, you can call 911 or walk-in to the Counseling Center, no appointment needed.

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Much of this webpage was shamelessly copied from Nathan Dunfield's teaching pages, and some of it from Scott Ahlgren's teaching pages.