Math 2710, Fall 2017

course home page: 2710W Transition to Advanced Mathematics

Course description: This course is designed to prepare students for the more theoretical upper division mathematics courses. It includes basic concepts, principles and techniques of mathematical proof. It will also cover concepts commonly assumed in some of the higher mathematics courses; these concepts include sets, set operations, indexed family of sets, equivalence relations and partitions, functions, one-to-one functions, onto functions etc.

This is a writing-intensive (W) version of Math 2710, as such writing is integral to the learning goals of the course. Students cannot pass this course unless they receive a passing grade for its writing components.

Lecture times:  Tuesday, Thursday   11:00-12:15 am.

Lecture place:  MONT 112.  

Instructor:  Masha Gordina,   MONT 340.

Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:00 AM, MONT 340.

Textbook: Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Algebra and Number Systems, by Gilbert and Vanstone.

Grading: quizzes and homeworks 25%, two midterm exams 25% each, and final exam 25%.

Course rules: No late assignments will be accepted. No make-up exams will be given.

Homework: there will be homework assigned and posted on the Piazza course page.

This term we will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from your classmates and myself. Rather than emailing questions to me, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email

If you have any questions about the homework please post them on Piazza or ask during office hours. If you use Piazza, then the whole class can benefit from the discussion. There is an option of posting your questions anonymously. The quizzes will always be on the material covered in the previous week.

Find our Piazza's class page at: Piazza course page

Masha Gordina (maria.gordina at