Course Syllabus - Fall 2012

From the College Catalog : Students learn to prove and critique proofs of theorems by studying elementary topics in abstract mathematics, including such necessary basics as logic, sets, functions, equivalence relations, and elementary combinatorics.

Prerequisites: Math 1401 (Calculus I)

Text: Chartrand, Polimeni, Zhang Mathematical Proofs: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics, 2nd Ed., Pearson, Addison-Wesley 2008

Exams: There will be two (2) hourly in-class exams (see schedule below) and a comprehensive final.

Homework: There will be several types of homework assignments. The first type consists of exercises from the text. These will not be collected, but will be discussed in class. This homework will be assigned weekly. These assignments are considered the minimum that should be done. On a few occasions I will collect and grade some of the assigned problems (the specific problems will be announced in class about a week prior to collection).

The second type of homework will consist of proofs assigned in class. These will be collected, corrected and graded in the following way. After handing this in, it will be corrected, with comments and returned to you. You are to redo the assignment and resubmit it. If it is still not correct it will again be returned with more comments. You may make up to 4 submissions of the same assignment within a 3 week period. The grade on the assignment depends solely on the number of times that it is submitted before being accepted as correct.

Each student will be asked to present at least one proof (which they may select from the homework assignments) in class for class discussion and criticism.

Quizzes: Every week a short quiz will be given on the homework material in class. These quizzes will cover definitions, short answers, computations and simple proof techniques.

If for some reason you are unable to take a quiz in class, you may take the quiz on the web (up until the next class period, for a cost of 1 point). From time to time I may require that everyone take the quiz on the web (at no cost).

Grades: The final grade will be determined as follows:

The 2 hourly exams- 40%
Graded Homework- 20%
Quizzes- 10%
Final Exam- 30%

There's no curving of exam grades : A(100-90) B(89-80) C(79-70) D(69-60) F(<60)

Plusses and minuses may be used in final grades at my discretion.

Syllabus: We shall cover the first ten chapters plus some topics from analysis. That is a rate of about 2-3 sections of the text per class period. Be prepared for class, read ahead of material presented in class.

Time Table:
8/21 Classes Start
9/25 Exam I - Covers Chapters 1-5
10/30 Exam II- Covers Chapters 6-9
11/20 - 11/22 No Classes : Fall Break
12/11 or 12/13 Final Exam - Comprehensive

Note: Any and all of the above is open to negotiation.

CLAS Academic Dishonesty Policy: Students are required to know, understand, and comply with the CU Denver Academic Dishonesty Policy as detailed in the Catalog and on the CLAS website. Academic dishonesty consists of plagiarism, cheating, fabrication and falsification, multiple submission of the same work, misuse of academic materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty. If you are not familiar with the definitions of these offenses, go to

This course assumes your knowledge of these policies and definitions. Failure to adhere to them can result in penalties ranging from failure of the assignment or the course to dismissal from the University; so, be informed and be careful. If this is unclear to you, ask me. If you are unsure as to how these definitions are interpreted in the context of a mathematics class, ask me.
And the obligatory CLAS message


Fall 2012 CLAS Academic Policies

The following policies pertain to all degree students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

  • Schedule verification: It is each studentís responsibility to verify online that his/her official registration is correct: verify before classes begin and prior to the drop/add deadline. Failure to verify schedule accuracy is not sufficient reason to justify a late add or drop.
  • E-mail: Students must activate and regularly check their official student e-mail account for CU Denver business: Those who forward email must check CU Denver e-mail regularly for messages not automatically forwarded.
  • Waitlists:

        Students are not automatically notified if they are added to a class from a waitlist.

        Students are not automatically dropped from a class if they never attended, stopped attending, or do not make tuition payments.

        Waitlists are purged after the 1st week of classes, after which a paper Schedule Adjustment Form (SAF or drop/add form) is required. It is the student's responsibility to get the form (online or at the Advising Office, NC 4002), have it signed, deliver it to the Registrar (Annex 100) or the Student Services Center (NC 1003), and verify her/his schedule online.

  • Late adds (after 5 September) will be approved only when circumstances surrounding the late add are beyond the studentís control. This will require a written petition and verifiable documentation. Petition forms are available in NC 4002. The signature of a faculty member on a SAF does not guarantee that a late add petition will be approved.
  • Late drops (after 5 September) will be approved only when circumstances surrounding the late drop have arisen after the published drop deadline and are beyond the studentís control. This will require a written petition and verifiable documentation. The signature of a faculty member does not guarantee that a late drop petition will be approved.
  • Tuition: Students are responsible for completing arrangements with financial aid, family, scholarships, etc. to pay their tuition prior to Census Date (5 September). Students who drop after that date are (1) financially responsible for tuition and fees, (2) academically responsible and will receive a "W" grade, and (3) are ineligible for a refund of COF hours or tuition.
  • Graduation:

        Undergraduate students wishing to graduate in fall 2012 must complete the online Intent to Graduate Form and meet with their academic advisor to obtain a graduation application. This application must be submitted by Census Date (5 September). You can obtain an application only after meeting with your advisor. There are no exceptions to this policy.

        Graduate students wishing to graduate in fall semester 2012 must complete the online Intent to Graduate form and have a Request for Admissions to Candidacy on file with the CU Denver Graduate School (LSC 1251) no later than 5 PM, September 5, 2012.


Important Dates and Deadlines

  • August 19, 2012: Last day to withdraw from all classes via UCDAccess and receive a refund of the $200 advance payment and all tuition.
  • August 20, 2012: First day of classes.
  • August 26, 2012: Last day to add or waitlist classes using UCDAccess. After this date, a Schedule Adjustment Form (SAF) is required to change, add, or drop.
  • August 27, 2012: Last day to drop without a $100 drop charge. No adds permitted on this day.
  • August 28 - September 5, 2012:

        UCDAccess registration is closed; registration now requires a SAF with faculty signature.

        Verify your registration via UCDAccess. You are not registered for a course unless your name appears on the official roster; conversely, your name may have been added automatically from the waitlist without notification, which means that you will be held responsible.

  • September 3, 2012: Labor Day (no classes).
  • September 5, 2012: Census date.

        9/5/12, 5 PM: Last day to add structured courses without a written petition for a late add.This is an absolute deadline and is treated as such. This does not apply to independent studies, internships, project hours, thesis hours, dissertation hours, and modular courses.

        9/5/12, 5 PM: Last day to drop a course or completely withdraw from fall 2012 using a SAF and still receive a tuition refund, minus the drop fee. After this date, tuition is forfeited and a "W" will appear on the transcript. This includes section changes. This is an absolute deadline.

        9/5/12, 5 PM: Last day to request pass/fail or no-credit option for a course.

        9/5/12, 5 PM: Last day for a graduate student to register for a Candidate for Degree.

        9/5/12, 5 PM: Last day for a Ph.D. student to petition for a reduction in hours.

        9/5/12, 5 PM: Last day to apply for fall 2012 graduation. If an undergraduate, you must make an appointment and see your academic advisor to apply. If a graduate student, you must complete the Intent to Graduate and Candidate for Degree forms.

  • September 17-26, 2012: Faculty can use the Early Alert system.
  • October 29, 2012, 5 PM: Last day for non-CLAS students to drop or withdraw without a petition and special approval from the academic dean. After this date, a deanís signature is required.
  • November 12, 2012, 5 PM: Last day for CLAS students to drop or withdraw with signatures from the faculty and dean but without a full petition. After this date, all schedule changes require a full petition. Petitions are available in NC 4002 for undergraduates and in the CU Denver Graduate School offices for graduate students.
  • November 19-25, 2012: Fall break (no classes; campus closed). Be thankful.
  • December 10-15, 2012: Finals Week. No schedule changes will be granted once finals week has started--there are no exceptions to this policy. Commencement is December 15.
  • December 20, 2012: Due date for faculty submission of grades.
  • December 24, 2012: Fall final grades available on UCD Access (tentative).
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