Math 290, section 007:  Fundamentals of Mathematics (Early Mathematics Computational Cohort)

Math 495R EMC2 webpage

Homework Assignments

Reading Assignments


Instructor:  Paul Jenkins
Office:  282 TMCB, 801-422-5868
Lecture:  1:00-1:50 PM MWF, 112 TMCB
Office hours:  3:00-3:50 PM MWF or by appointment
Textbook:  A Transition to Advanced Mathematics, Darrin Doud and Pace P. Nielsen. The textbook is available as a pdf file here, or as an e-readable version here, or can be downloaded chapter by chapter here. You can purchase a paper copy in black and white here, or a color copy here.

TA Office Hours: 12:00-12:50 PM Tuesdays in room 149 TMCB; 11:00-12:50 Thursdays in room 149/150 TMCB, with Ryan Keck,, or by appointment in 163A TMCB
4-4:50 PM MWF in room 108 TMCB, 10:00-10:50 AM TTh in room 133 TMCB, with TA Dane Grundvig

Grading:  Homework 25%, reading assignments 10%, three midterms 15% each, final exam 20%. Grades will be available on BYU Learning Suite.

Exams:  In the testing center on October 3-4, November 2-5, and December 7-10. The final exam will be on Tuesday December 18 from 2:30-5:30 PM in the classroom.  The final exam will cover all material studied this semester. Sample exams from a previous semester (and another instructor) are available here: Midterm 1 (solutions) Midterm 2 (solutions) Another midterm 2 (solutions) Midterm 3 (solutions) Another midterm 3(solutions) Note that the practice Midterm 3 exams do not cover sections 33-36. A review sheet for the first midterm is available here; a review sheet for the second midterm is available here; a review sheet for the third midterm is available here.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned each day throughout the semester, and will be due at 5:00 PM in the box outside my office on the class day after it is assigned.  Homework assignments will be posted on the course webpage.  You will be expected to type at least twelve assignments (an average of one per week beginning the third week) using LaTeX; typed assignments may be turned in as a pdf document by email to any time before midnight the day they are due. Your homework should be neat and should include enough detail that another student from the class could follow your arguments.  Homework that is not stapled, is excessively sloppy, or is written on paper torn from a spiral notebook may receive less than full credit.  Late homework will not be accepted. Working in groups on homework is encouraged, but each student should write up each problem, without looking at other students' written solutions or .tex or .pdf files. The lowest three homework assignments will be dropped.

Electronic devices:  Do not use mobile phones or permit them to ring during class. Calculators may be used on homework, but will probably not be very helpful on many problems.

Prerequisites:  Math 112 or concurrent enrollment. This is a first course in mathematical thinking. It is intended as an introduction to mathematical proof, and students who finish the course should achieve maturity in mathematical communication.

This is a 3 credit class.  The BYU Catalog states that The expectation for undergraduate courses is three hours of work per week per credit hour for the average student who is appropriately prepared; much more time may be required to achieve excellence.  Thus, an average student should expect to spend at least 6 hours per week outside of lecture on working problems, reading the textbook, reviewing concepts, and completing assignments.

Learning Outcomes: See the Math 290 page on the BYU math website.

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