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TENTATIVE SYLLABUS - The reading and homework assignments are SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Math 315 Elementary Analysis Winter 2015
Syllabus Version 3 as of 17 May 2015
MATH 315 CRN 14660. Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 09:00-10:00 or by appointment.
Text: Ross, Elementary Analysis: the theory of calculus any edition.
Organization. Homework is probably the most important activity in
the course in terms of helping you internalize the material. Homework will
be due each Tuesday on the material of the previous week. The Monday class
period will be a discussion section for the homework to be due the subsequent
day. The last 20 minutes will be devoted to a quiz.
100 points Homework and Quiz Average (The 2 lowest scores from the combined
list of homework and quiz scores will be dropped)
100 points Exam #1 28 January 2015 (Week 4)
100 points Exam Exam #2 Wednesday 25 February 2015 (Week 8)
Exam 10:15 Wednesday 18 March 2015
An incomplete can be assigned when the quality of work is satisfactory but a minor yet
essential requirement of the course has not been completed for reasons acceptable to the
instructor (NOTE: this grade requires a contract to be completed).
According to faculty legislation, final exams may not be given early
under any circumstances. Your final grade will be assigned on the basis of the total point score
of 500 points. Any student getting at least a B on the final will receive
at least a C- in the course; no student can pass the course unless they
receive a grade of D or better on the final exam.
You must bring your photo ID to all exams.
You may bring a 3x5 inch index card with any formulas on it to any exam
or quiz if you wish. Similarly, you may bring with you a hand held graphing
calculator to any exam or quiz if you wish.
Teaching Associate: Ekaterina
Assignments (Tentive and subject to change. Page numbers are from first edition.
The problems are uniquely identified by their number (e.g. 1.12))
Week 1 (5 January to 9 January 2015): Read Sections
Do page 5: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.12;
Do Page 12: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4;
Do Page 18: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.6, 3.7
\Week 2 (12 January - 16 January 2015) Read Sections 4-5.
Do Page 25: 4.1(a-e,k-n,s-w), 4.2 (a-e,k-n,s-w), 4.3 (a-e,k-n,s-w), 4.7,
Do Page 28: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.6.
Week 3 (20 January - 23 January 2015): Read Sections 7-9. (19 January 2015 is MLK day)
Do Page 36: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 (a,b,c,m,n,o,s,t), 7.5;
Do Page 42: 8.1, 8.2, 8.7, 8.8;
Do Page 52: 9.1, 9.2, 9.6, 9.8
Week 4 (26 January - 30 January 2015) : Review, Exam #1 28 January 2015,
Read Section 10.
Do Page 62: 10.1, 10.3, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10
Week 5 (2 February - 6 February 2015): Sections 11, 12.
Do Page 73 11.1, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5.
Do Page 77: 12.1, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 12.12, 12.14
Week 6 (9 February - 13 February 2015). Sections 14, 15.
Do Page 99: 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.6, 14.14.
Do Page 104: 15.1, 15.2, 15.3,15.4
Week 7 (16 January - 20 January 2015). Sections 16, 17.
Do Page 113: 16.1, 16.4, 16.6, 16.7.
Do Page 123: 17.1, 17.2, 17.3, 17.5, 17.6, 17.10, 17.14.
Week 8 (23 February - 27 February 2015). Review, Exam #2 Wednesday 25 February 2015,
Read Section 18.
Do Page 131: 18.1, 18.2, 18.3, 18.6, 18.7, 18.12.
Week 9 (2 March - 6 March 2015). Read Sections 23, 24.
Do Page 176: 23.1, 23.2, 23.3, 23.5, 23.9;
Do Page 182: 24.1, 24.2, 24.3, 24.4, 24.5, 24.6, 24.7, 24.8
Week 10 (9 March - 13 March 2015): Read Section 25, Review.
Do Page 190 but don't hand in: 25.2, 25.3, 25.4, 25.8, 25.12
Week 11 Final Exam 10:15 Wednesday 18 March 2015
The course serves as a transition between the computationally oriented calculus sequences
(Math 251/2/3 and Math 281/2) and some of the more theoretically oriented 400 level courses
(the analysis sequence Math 413/4/5 and the complex variables sequence Math 412/3 come to mind as exemplars).
More importantly, it serves as an entry into proof based mathematics supplementing the course on
proof theory (Math 307). The course will begin with an introduction to the basics - natural numbers,
rational numbers, real numbers. A rigorous treatment of limits (sequential limits, monotone sequences,
cauchy sequences, subsequences, limit points, lim sup, lim inf etc)
will be given. A brief introduction to metric spaces will be given (compactness, connectedness, etc).
Alternating series and integral tests will be discussed.
Continuity, compactness, uniform continuity, and limits of functions will be discussed. If time permits, power series
and L'Hospital's rule will be treated. At this stage in their mathematical education, students should be familiar
with the mechanics of calculus. What this course will stress are the rigorous foundations of the subject - there will
be lots of epsilon-delta proofs.
Students must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of mathematical
proof by proving various assertions concerning limits. They should be able to not only calculate
but prove their answer for various limits (sequential limits, monotone sequences,
cauchy sequences, subsequences, limit points, lim sup, lim inf etc). They should be able
to give proofs related to compactness, connectedness, etc. as well as to compute and prove
the correctness of the calculations using the alternating series test, the integral test, and
other tests. They should be able to give proofs that deal with continuity, compactness,
uniform continuity, and limits of functions. What is crucial is the ability to give rigorous
proofs of the epsilon-delta sort.
Undergraduate Grading Standards
There are two important issues that this grading policy recognizes.
Rubric for applied courses:
(1) Mathematics is hierarchical. A student who is given a grade of C or
higher in a course must have mastery of that material that allows
the possibility of succeeding in courses for which that course is a
- (2) Some mathematics courses are primarily concerned with techniques
and applications. In such courses student success is measured by the
student's ability to model , successfully apply the relevant technique,
and bring the calculation to a correct conclusion. The department's
100-level courses and most calculus courses are examples in this category
although these are not the only examples. Other courses are
primarily concerned with theoretical structures and proof. In such courses
student success is measured by the student's ability to apply the theorems
and definitions in the subject, and to create proofs on his or her own using
the models and ideas taught during the course.
Many courses are partly hybrids incorporating both techniques
and applications, and some element of theory. Some lean more toward applications, others more toward theory.
This course has both applications and theory.
Modeling, in mathematical education parlance, means the process of taking
a problem which is not expressed mathematically and expressing it mathematically
(typically as an equation or a set of equations). This is usually followed by
solving the relevant equation or equations and interpreting the answer in terms
of the original problem.
- A: Consistently chooses appropriate models, uses correct techniques,
and carries calculations through to a correct answer. Able to estimate error
when appropriate, and able to recognize conditions needed to apply models as
- B: Usually chooses appropriate models and uses correct
techniques, and makes few calculational errors. Able to estimate error when
prompted, and able to recognize conditions needed to apply models
- C: Makes calculations correctly or substantially correctly, but requires
guidance on choosing models and technique. Able to estimate error
when prompted and able to recognize conditions needed to apply
models when prompted.
- D: Makes calculations correctly or substantially correctly, but unable
to do modeling.
- F: Can neither choose appropriate models, or techniques, nor carry
Rubric for pure courses:
- A: Applies the important theorems from the course. Constructs
counterexamples when hypotheses are weakened. Constructs complete and coherent
proofs using the definitions, ideas and theorems from the course. Applies ideas
from the course to construct proofs that the student has not seen before.
- B: Applies the important theorems from the course. Constructs
counterexamples when hypotheses are weakened. Constructs complete and coherent
proofs using the definitions, ideas and theorems from the course.
- C: Applies the important theorems from the course when the application is direct. Constructs simple proofs using the de nitions when
there are very few steps between the de nitions and the conclusions.
Explains most important counterexamples.
- D: Can do some single step proofs and explain some counterexamples.
- F: Unable to do even single step proofs or correctly use de nitions.
Many courses combine pure and applied elements and the rubrics for those
courses will have some combination of elements from the two rubrics above.
Detailed interpretation of the rubrics depends on the content and level of
the course and will be at the discretion of instructors.
Whether to award grades of A+ is at the discretion
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question about whether an act constitutes academic misconduct, it is the studentsŐ obligation to clarify the question with the
instructor before committing or attempting to commit the act. Additional information about a common form of academic
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Statement on Final Exams
1. In the week preceding final examination during fall, winter, and spring terms:
No examination worth more than 20% of the final grade will be given, with
the exception of make-up examinations.
No final examinations will be given under any guise.
No work that will be evaluated for grades/credit will be due unless it
has been clearly specified on the class syllabus within the first two weeks of the term.
2. Take-home examinations will be due no earlier than the day of the formally assigned final examination for the class in question.
This action clarifies and extends earlier faculty legislation (1911 Faculty Assembly archives)
prohibiting the giving of final examinations earlier than officially scheduled.
In addition, you should be aware of the Faculty Advisory CouncilŐs statement on students with
Examination schedules are listed each term in the Time Schedule. Students who are scheduled to take more than three examinations within one calendar day may take the additional examination(s) as makeup examination(s) later in the examination week. The instructor(s) of record for the course(s) beyond the third examination, counting in the order the examination(s) are scheduled, will arrange for (a) makeup examination(s).
The following procedures were approved by the Undergraduate Council to address rare circumstances of competing exam times. Students with examination conflicts may contact the Office of Academic Advising for assistance.
In the case of two examinations scheduled at the same time, the course with the largest enrollment must provide an alternate examination. For conflicts between regular courses and combined examinations, the combined examination course must provide the alternate examination. For combined examinations with conflicts, the largest combined enrollment course must provide the alternative examination.
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