Transition to Advanced Mathematics

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Grades | Homework | Tuesday classwork | Exams |

Help | Academic Integrity | Accessibility Issues | Religious Observances |

Lectures |
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- Lecture: TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m.
- Room: MSB 219

Instructor |
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Johanna Franklin will be teaching this course.

**Office:**MSB 218**E-mail:**see the UConn directory**Office phone:**+1 (860) 486-3595**Office hours:**Mondays, 10:30-11:30 (both classes), Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 (Math 2710) and 11:00-12:30 (Math 3160)

Textbook |
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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 |
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The course grade will be determined as follows:

- Homework: 25%
- Tuesday classwork: 10%
- Two midterms: 20% each
- Final exam: 25%

Homework |
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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 |
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Each Tuesday at the beginning of class (when there's no test, anyway), we'll have a 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.

Exams |
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There will be two midterms and a comprehensive final exam in this class. The midterms will be given in class on February 25 and March 25, and the date for the final exam will be determined later in the term.

Please avoid making travel arrangements that would not allow you to take the final at the scheduled time. UConn policy is not to allow rescheduling for this sort of reason. 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 by the deadline.

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

- I have office hours so you can come and ask me questions. If they don't fit your schedule, we can make an appointment to meet at another time.
- You can visit the Q Center. While this course is not supported by the Q Center, the topic of "math proof writing" is. They have free drop-in tutoring as well as a list of private tutors.

Academic Integrity |
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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 |
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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 |
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