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MATH 300 C: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

Meeting Time: 
MWF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
SIG 230
Jennifer Taggart

Syllabus Description:

 Instructor:  Dr. Jennifer L. Taggart

Office:  Padelford C-334


Office Hours:  MWF 11:30-12:15, W 2:30-3:30, or by appointment

Homework Help:  Thursdays 4:00-5:20, SAV 131

Text: An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning,  by Conroy & Taggart

Course Objectives:  In this course, you will learn and practice the fundamental techniques of writing mathematical proofs.

Grade Breakdown:

Homework 20%
Exam I 25%
Exam II 25%
Final Exam 30%





Homework: Homework is an essential component of this course.  You will practice writing proofs and receive feedback on your efforts.  Homework assignments will be posted on-line and will be due via Gradescope on Thursdays at 11:00 pm.  While students are encouraged to work together on homework, the work you turn in should be your own.  In particular, if two students work together to create a logical argument (the skeleton) of a proof, each student should write up the details of the proof independently.  Do not copy work from another student (or any other source) and do not allow your work to be copied.

Make-Ups: Homework is due on Thursdays at 11:00 pm via Gradescope.  Late homework assignments will not be accepted for any reason. I do not grant extensions to anyone.  If you miss the deadline, Gradescope will not allow you to upload your homework.  Do not e-mail it to me.  I will drop one homework so that you may miss one homework without penalty to your grade.

In the case of observance of religious holidays or participation in university sponsored activities, such as debate or athletics, arrangements must be made at least two weeks in advance of an exam.   You will be required to provide documentation for your absence.

Make-up exams will not be given.  If you miss a midterm exam due to unavoidable, compelling, and well-documented circumstances, your final exam will be weighted more heavily.

Access and Accommodations: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

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Catalog Description: 
Mathematical arguments and the writing of proofs in an elementary setting. Elementary set theory, elementary examples of functions and operations on functions, the principle of induction, counting, elementary number theory, elementary combinatorics, recurrence relations. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either MATH 126 or MATH 136. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
Last updated: 
December 7, 2019 - 2:00am