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- advertising page for the textbook, with a link to the ordering page, which in turn has a link to the table of contents, introduction, and chapter 1 in pdf form.
- Homework and reading assignments
- This syllabus in pdf

You may also ask any questions directly via phone or e-mail. If I'm not in when you call, please leave a message on the voice-mail or answering machine with your name, number, and a good time for me to call you back. I will try to respond to your phone or e-mail message as soon as possible.

Note that your previous math courses may not have included any proofs, or asked you to
prove anything. This course will **mostly** be about proofs, which may be a radical change
for you.

I will pick students (sometimes asking for volunteers on harder proofs) to present their work in class. Presentations will be evaluated on: the quality and correctness of the content; the clarity of the presentation; the difficulty of the problem; and the frequency of your contributions. Making substantial progress, or asking a good question, about a harder problem without solving it may be worth as much as solving an easier problem.

When you are in the audience, you are still expected to be actively engaged in the presentation. This means checking to see if every step of the presentation is clear and convincing to you, and speaking up when it is not. When there are gaps in the reasoning, the class will work together to fill the gaps.

You will work outside of class to prove results, solve problems, and write your work to turn in as homework, ideally before the material is presented to the whole class. Even after a particular problem or proof is presented to the class, you may turn it in up to one week later, but only for reduced credit. Please keep copies of your written work for your use while I am grading it.

**A**Clear, correct presentations to most problems; helpful audience participation including appropriate feedback and good questions; most problems written up in advance.**B**Correct presentations to routine problems; active audience participation including questions and discussions; routine problems written up in advance, harder problems written up eventually, but clearly.**C**Correct presentations to easier problems, and reasonable attempts at routine problems; responding in the audience when called on, posing questions when you are confused, and participating in discussions; most problems written up eventually, mostly correct.**D**Less than satisfactory work, but an apparent honest effort to understand material. At least some presentations with reasonable attempts; participating in the audience with questions or comments; most problems written up eventually.

- Wed., 24 Sep.
- Wed., 22 Oct.

Each exam will cover material from the beginning of the semester, though the second exam will focus more on material since the first exam. Makeup tests can be given only in extraordinary and unavoidable circumstances, and with advance notice.

I hope everyone will complete the course successfully, but if you are having doubts about your progress, I will be happy to discuss your standing in the course to help you decide whether or not to drop. You are only allowed three enrollments in this course, and students enrolled after Fall 2007 are only allowed six withdrawals in their entire academic career, so please exercise the drop option judiciously.