Math 2710-001, Fall 2012
Transition to Advanced Mathematics

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Lectures Instructor Textbook
Grades Homework Tuesday classwork Exams
Help Academic Integrity Accessibility Issues Religious Observances


Lectures

Instructor

Johanna Franklin will be teaching this course.

Textbook

The textbook is An Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by William J. Gilbert and Scott A. Vanstone. Please let me know if you're having trouble finding it.

Grades

The course grade will be determined as follows:

Homework

Homework will be assigned weekly. In general, the problems will be due on Thursdays at the beginning of class and will cover the material discussed in the previous week. Since I may discuss the homework problems in class that Thursday, no late assignments will be accepted except under the most extreme circumstances. If you have an emergency that you think may be an extreme circumstance, please let me know as soon as possible. The lowest written homework score will be dropped regardless.

I really encourage you to start the homework early and take your time with it! This class will be very different from all the other math courses you've taken. Since you're learning to write proofs and working with lots of new concepts, it will help if you give yourself plenty of time to think about the problems. Think of it as learning a new language. You need time to learn the vocabulary and the grammar.

You're certainly allowed to talk about the problems with your classmates and ask me questions if you get stuck, though copying your classmates' solutions is not allowed and will be considered to be a violation of the UConn academic integrity policy. You must write down the names of any classmates you work with on your homework assignments. You are allowed to use any kind of calculator you like when you do the homework, but I urge you not to rely on it heavily since it will not be permitted on exams (rather like your classmates' help!).

Tuesday classwork

Each Tuesday at the beginning of class (when there's no test, anyway), we'll have a very short in-class exercise. I'll give you a problem and ask you to spend a few minutes thinking about it and writing down an answer. Depending on the day, it may be a group project or individual work.

Exams

There will be two midterms and a comprehensive final exam in this class. The midterms will be given in class on October 2 and October 23. Please avoid making travel arrangements that would not allow you to take the final at the scheduled time (I'll post the date here as soon as I know what it is). UConn policy is not to allow rescheduling for this sort of reason. OSSA requires students who have a conflict about which they have or should have had advance notice to seek permission to reschedule their exam no later than November 30th. Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the assessment schedule, and oversleeping are not viable excuses for missing a final exam. If you think that your situation warrants permission to reschedule, please contact OSSA to meet with a staff member.

I apply almost the same policy to midterm exams as the final exam: if your reason for missing the midterm would be acceptable as a reason for missing the final, I will arrange for a makeup exam, but not otherwise. The exception is the "Bunched Finals" clause on that page -- I won't reschedule your midterm in a situation like that.

Help

If you're having trouble understanding the course material, you have a few options...

Academic Integrity

I expect you to be familiar with and abide by UConn's academic integrity policy at all times. There should be no help given or received on quizzes, midterms, or the final exam, and you will not be allowed to use abaci, slide rules, calculators, computers, cell phones, or other electronic or computational aids. The most technologically advanced device you will be allowed to use is a mechanical pencil.

Accessibility Issues

If you have accessibility issues, I encourage you to discuss possible accommodations with me and consult the Center for Students with Disabilities in Room 204 of the Wilbur Cross Building. This office can help determine appropriate accommodations for you.

Religious observances

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with me before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.