Math 290, section 001:  Fundamentals of Mathematics

Homework Assignments

Reading Assignments

Instructor:  Paul Jenkins
Office:  279 TMCB, 801-422-5868
Lecture:  9:00-9:50 AM MWF, 112 TMCB
Office hours:  2:00-2:50 PM MWF or by appointment
Textbook:  A Transition to Advanced Mathematics, Darrin Doud and Pace P. Nielsen, version 1.03. The textbook is available as a pdf file here, or as an e-readable version here, or can be downloaded chapter by chapter here. You can purchase a paper copy in black and white here, or a color copy here.

TA Office Hours: Alex Lee: MWF 4-4:50 PM in 135 TMCB and TTh 2-2:50 PM in 203 TMCB. Help is also available in the Math Lab on the first floor of the TMCB (north wing).

Grading:  Homework 25%, reading assignments 10%, three midterms 15% each, final exam 20%. Grades will be available on BYU Learning Suite.

Exams:  In the testing center on February 8-11, March 8-11, and April 5-10. The final exam will be in the testing center during finals week.  The final exam will cover all material studied this semester. Here is a study guide for Exam 1 and a practice exam 1 and its solutions from a past semester. Here is a study guide for Exam 2 and a practice exam 2 and its solutions from a past semester. Here is a study guide for Exam 3 and a practice exam 3 and its solutions from a past semester. Here is a practice final exam and its solutions.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned each day throughout the semester, and will be due at 11:59 PM on the class day after it is assigned, submitted through Gradescope.  Homework assignments will be posted on the course webpage.  You will be expected to type at least twelve assignments (an average of one per week beginning the third week) using LaTeX. Your homework should be neat and should include enough detail that another student from the class could follow your arguments.  Homework that is excessively sloppy may receive less than full credit.  Late homework will not be accepted. Working in groups on homework is encouraged, but each student should write up each problem, without looking at other students' written solutions or .tex or .pdf files. The lowest three homework assignments will be dropped; this accommodates for minor illnesses or other disruptions that may prevent you from turning in an assignment on time.

Electronic devices:  Calculators may be used on homework, but will probably not be very helpful on many problems.

Prerequisites:  Math 112 or concurrent enrollment. This is a first course in mathematical thinking. It is intended as an introduction to mathematical proof, and students who finish the course should achieve maturity in mathematical communication.

This is a 3 credit class.  The BYU Registration Policy states that “the expectation for undergraduate courses is three hours of work per week per credit hour for the average student who is appropriately prepared; much more time may be required to achieve excellence.”  Thus, an average student should expect to spend at least 6 hours per week outside of lecture on working problems, reading the textbook, reviewing concepts, and completing assignments.

Learning Outcomes: See the Math 290 page on the BYU math website.

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