| MTH307: Introduction to Mathematical Rigor |
Instructor: Tom Sharland
Course description: This is an introductory course on the concept of rigour in mathematics. We will move away from the viewpoint of mathematics as a computational subject and begin seeing it as a subject requiring airtight logic and, surprisingly, a fair amount of creativity. Particular topics we will investigate include set theory, methods of proof and applications of these to relations and functions. This is a 3 credit course.
This course is very different to the previous mathematics courses you have taken. You should expect to work hard both inside and out of class to keep up with the course material and make you sure you understand the concepts being covered.
Textbook: Tools of Mathematical Reasoning by Tamara J. Lakins. This is a new choice of textbook for the course (see the following paragraph). It very quickly gets into proving mathematical statements, which is the aim of the course; hopefully we will start proving statements within the first two weeks of classes.
Prerequisites: MTH 142 (purely to ensure a level of mathematical maturity).
Homework and Quizzes:
Grade breakdown: The grading scheme will be as follows: