Math 403/603 Foundations of Math
At the end of the course you should know the main definitions
theorems we have covered, but more importantly, you should understand
definitions and theorems are formulated in the way that they are, and
what they mean. You should also know the proofs for the main theorems,
as well as the kinds of reasoning that go into these proofs. A part of
the second objective is developing
the ability to understand and construct proofs. At the end of the
you should be able to analyze an unfamiliar proof, and either verify
the proof is valid, or find errors in it. You should also be able to
your own proofs of new or unfamiliar results. In addition, you should
how to communicate your findings orally and verbally using accepted
and methods of the discipline of mathematics.
Attendance. Attendance in this course is expected, but not required or monitored; I will not keep track of days you miss class. However, you are responsible for anything presented in class, including announced schedule changes, modifications to assignments, and material that supplements what is in the text. Note also that the subjective component of your grade will take into account regular participation in class activities. Electing to skip these activities may lower your subjective grade.
Missed Exam Policy. If you are forced to miss an in-class exam for reasons beyond your control (such as an illness, family emergency, etc.), a makeup may be arranged, but ONLY if I am informed in advance. I will NOT approve requests to reschedule an exam for reasons of convenience. For example, if you plan to travel during a school break and leave early or return late, that is not a valid reason to reschedule an exam. Similarly, avoidable conflicts for recreational, entertainment, social, or work activities are generally not valid reasons to miss an exam. The exam dates are listed on the overview webpage. Be sure to plan other activities around them.