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S2012: MHF3202 8768 Sets.&.Logic MWF7 LIT207 (ME)

# Sets and Logic

(Nostalgic?, see the Autumn 2011 and Autumn 2009 & Spring 2008 versions.)

Our Teaching Page has useful information for students in all of my classes. It has my schedule, LOR guidelines, and Usually Useful Pamphlets. One of them is the Checklist (pdf) which gives pointers on what I consider to be good mathematical writing. Further information is at our class-archive URL (I email this private URL directly to students).

The various Math czars who help out:

Time Computer Chalk Blackboard ES-Probs Phone-list
Annie Sofia Stewart Ian Christopher M. Alejandra

#### Tips on writing proofs

• "How To Write Proofs" (html), by Prof. Larry W. Cusick, [INTERMEDIATE]. Excellent. Examples mostly from Elem. Number Theory; some from Calculus.
• Prof. Christopher Heil's page (pdf) [4 pages, INTRO]. A well written survey of the structure of proofs. Has one example of induction (recursion).
• “How to write proofs: a quick guide” by Prof. Eugenia Cheng (pdf) [17 pages, INTRO]. Good, friendly. She is stricter than I in the ordering of steps in a proof. Conversely, her write-up is lax in places where I am strict:
• Always use a word/phrase, and never a comma, for then; e.g then or necessarily or we discover to our delight that .
• She has proof snippets in her examples, but remember that your proofs must be written as a sequence of complete, grammatical sentences, correctly punctuated, structured into coherent paragraphs.

#### Optional End-of-semester Individual SeLo Project-Z (pdf)

...will be due, slid u n d e r my office door (Little Hall 402, Northeast corner) , no later than noon, Friday, 27Apr2012.

The final project must be carefully typed, but diagrams may be hand-drawn.

For the typesetting, one possibility is the (free) mathematics-typesetting language . It can be learned in a week. (It is the archive language of the American Mathematical Society.)

At all times have a paper copy you can hand-in; I do NOT accept electronic versions. Print out a copy each day, so that you always have the latest version to hand-in; this, in case your printer or computer fails. (You are too old for My dog ate my homework.)

Please follow the guidelines on the Checklist  (pdf, 3pages) to earn full credit.

### General Info

Please take a gander at Past courses with notes, exams and links.

In all of my courses, attendance is absolutely required (excepting illness and religious holidays). In the unfortunate event that you miss a class, you are responsible to get all Notes / Announcements / TheWholeNineYards from a classmate, or several. All my classes have a substantial class-participation grade.
Our textbook is How to prove it, (Second Edition).
 Author: Daniel J. Velleman ISBN-13: 978-0521675994 Year: 2006 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Here are links to this book at The Publisher's site and at Amazon.com.