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Foundations of Mathematics
Course Credit: 3 semester hours
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to the ideas needed for advanced mathematics courses. Topics include set theory, logic, axiom systems, proof techniques, relations, functions, and cardinality. Emphasis will be given to applying proof techniques to material on number systems and other areas of higher mathematics.
RATIONALE: As students advance to upper level mathematics courses, they constantly need to apply various proofing techniques. This course is designed to prepare them for these techniques, as well as other topics needed in the advanced courses. This course is required of the mathematics majors and minors and serves as an elective for others.
COURSE CONTENT: Topics include set theory, logic, axiom systems, proof techniques, relations, functions, and cardinality. Emphasis will be given to applying proof techniques to material on number systems and other areas of higher mathematics.
PREREQUISITES: Mat 122
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to define, state, discuss, and/or apply the topics listed above in the course description.
MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Text: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics (6th Edition) Smith, Eggen, St. Andre
INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES/TECHNIQUES: Various instructional procedures are used including lecture, exams, questions and answers, class discussions, etc.
ATTENDANCE: Class attendance is extremely important in this course. (Note in the attendance policy of the university, students may receive a lowered grade because of excessive absences.) The responsibility for missed work rests entirely with the student.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Students are expected to be honest. Dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism, will not be tolerated. Tests and other materials handed in by the student are assumed to be the students own work. Refer to the following web site: http://www.mc.edu/publications/policies/academic/219.wpd .
SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS: If a student needs special accommodations due to learning, physical, psychological, or other disabilities, please contact Dr. Amy Christian in the Counseling and Career Development Center.
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE ACADEMIC POLICIES:
Students should consult the Mississippi College policy manual located at http://www.mc.edu/resources/publications/policies/ for official information regarding:
Class attendance - Policy 2.10
Grading - Policy 2.15
Cheating - Policy 2.19
Counseling and Career Services - Policy 2.25
Research - Policy 2.27
Counseling and Testing Center - Policy 2.34
Students who may require accomodation due to a documented handicap should follow the procedures located at http://www.mc.edu/about/offices/counseling/disabilities/
The Generic Grading Scale for this course is A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69. Individual instructors are free to choose a different grading scheme so students should consult their section's particular syllabus for the official grading scale to be utilized.
Tutoring Hours:
Hours and location for the departmental tutoring center are posted at http://www.mc.edu/academics/academic-tutoring/ .
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