Math 403/603 Foundations of Math Spring 2017
This page will detail several
different types of homework that will be assigned during the semester.
Reading. The course will follow the
closely, and you are expected to read each section before it is
discussed in class. To see what will be discussed at each meeting,
consult the class
- Regular homework. This
is traditional homework from problems in the text, to be written up and
handed in. Most of these will be statements you are
asked to prove, though there may also be problems that ask you to work
out properties of a specific example, or to construct an example of
your own. But even for such exercises, you are expected to
"prove" your conclusions. I will check over regular homework for
completeness, but will not mark problems right or wrong.
Solutions will be made available after each assignment is due.
assignments are posted in this Assignment
required format for regular homework is illustrated here.
Please staple the pages of each problem set together.
- Quiz Problems. Most
assignments will include one or two quiz problems. These are to
be treated as you would an open book, open note, take-home exam: you
may use any information in your notes or text, but otherwise no consultation of other sources or
people is permitted. This is to be your own work, based on
your own knowledge and your own problem solving ability. If
you have any questions about a quiz problem, consult the instructor.
Not every student will successfully solve every quiz problem.
Feel free to hand in a partial solution even if you cannot completely
finish the problem.
Late quiz problems will not be accepted, because solutions will be
published after the due date. The lowest four quiz problem scores
will be dropped.
Quiz problems will be graded for both accuracy and mathematical
form. Generally you should figure out a solution on scratch
paper, and then polish your ideas into a final draft that meets the
same standards for form and neatness that you would expect for a term
these will be proofs, and will require written out explanations of your
reasoning. Quiz problems may be hand written or prepared using
mathematical writing software. Format
and writing style requirements for quiz problems, as well as
information on math writing software, are detailed here.
- Optional & Masters
Problems. Some problems on the assignment sheet are
designated with two
asterisks, like so: 37**. Undergraduates may consider these to be
optional; masters students should consider them to be required.
Typically these problems will either be more difficult than the normal
problems, or will emphasize extensions of the material covered in a
- Exam Solutions. After
each exam, students will work in groups to correct the errors of all
group members. The objective will be to compile, as a group, a
completely correct set of solutions to the exam questions. Each
group will submit one set of solutions for grading, and each member of
the group will receive the same grade for this assignment.
- Class worksheets. Class
time may sometimes involve working alone or in groups to complete
worksheets. If you do not finish a worksheet before the end of
class, you should plan on completing all or most of it before the next
class meeting. These worksheets will not be collected or graded,
but should be kept in the appropriate section of your portfolio.