283 Intro Concepts Math Fall17

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Course Information

Description: Intro Concepts of Mathematics.

Instructor: Casian Pantea. email me

Class schedule: MWF 8:30-9:20AM in Armstrong 315

Office hours: Mondays 9:30-11AM, Fridays 4:00-5:00PM, and by appointment, in Armstrong Hall 305B

Info sheet containing more or less the stuff on this webpage.

Textbooks and resources


Sundstrom, Mathematical Reasoning: Writing and Proof

Useful free resources:

Alternative textbook

Hammack, Book of Proof

Web goodies

Khan Academy


Grading scheme

  • 30% Final exam on Friday December 8 2017, 5-7PM in Armstrong Hall room 315
  • 40% Two midterm exams (2x20%)
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Homework assignments
  • Letter grades will be assigned according to the scheme
A 90-100% | B 80-90% | C 70-80% | D 60-70% | F 0-60%


  • There will be six 10-minute quizzes (one every two weeks); best five will count towards your grade.
  • Quizzes will test the material covered during the previous two weeks.
  • No make-up quizzes will be given.


  • Homework will be assigned once every two weeks, and due two weeks later (please see the course schedule below for exact dates).
  • Your best five homework papers will count towards the final grade.
  • Late turn-ins will not be accepted.


  • There will be two 50-minutes in-class midterm exams, on February 16 and March 18.
  • Midterm exams will test material covered after the previous midterm (they are not cumulative).
  • Calculators will not be allowed.

Final Exam

  • Friday December 8 2017, 5-7PM in Armstrong 315.
  • Final is cumulative.

Course Schedule (updated as we go along)

Date Topic Resources HW/Quiz
Aug 16 Introduction; Statements 1.1 Evaluation Test
Aug 18 Definitions; Statements 1.2
Aug 21 Logical operators; conditional statements 2.1-2.2
Aug 23 Equivalences 2.2
Aug 25 Predicates, quantifiers 2.3-2.4 HW1 due
Aug 28 Negation of quantifiers 2.4
Aug 30 Proofs 3.1-3.2
Sep 1 Proofs 3.3-3.4 Quiz1
Sep 6 Division 3.5
Sep 8 Induction 4.1 HW2 due
Sep 11 Induction 4.2
Sep 13 Induction 4.2
Sep 15 Induction 4.3 Quiz2
Sep 18 Induction - review
Sep 20 Midterm 1
Sep 22 HW3 due
Sep 25
Sep 27
Sep 29 Quiz3
Oct 2
Oct 4
Oct 6 HW4 due
Oct 9
Oct 11
Oct 13 Quiz4
Oct 16
Oct 18
Oct 20 Midterm 2 Midterm 2 solutions
HW5 due
Oct 23
Oct 25
Oct 27 Quiz5
Oct 30
Nov 1
Nov 3 HW6 due
Nov 6
Nov 8
Nov 10 Quiz6
Nov 13
Nov 15
Nov 17 HW7 due
Nov 27
Nov 29
Dec 1 Quiz7
Dec 4
Dec 8 Final exam 5-7PM in Armstrong Hall 315

Where does your score stand?

Inclusivity statement

The West Virginia University community is committed to creating and fostering a positive learning and working environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and inclusion. If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to participate in this class, please advise me and make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services (293-6700). For more information on West Virginia University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, please see http://diversity.wvu.edu.