MA211: Foundations

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Scott R. Fulton (367 Science Center, 268-2379,, office hours)

Registration for Fall 2016:

MA211-Foundations is a required course for math, applied math & stats, computer science, and software engineering majors (also computer science minors), so we need to reserve seats for them first. If at the end of the enrollment period there are seats left then you may register for the course.

However, if you're simply looking for a course to complete the math minor, there are other choices which may be better options. MA211 is basically a course in writing mathematical proofs, and as such requires you to do a lot of just that: writing proofs. LOTS of proofs. MA211 is a pre- or co-requisite for upper-division theoretical mathematics and computer science courses (such as MA311, MA313, MA314, MA321, MA322, and CS344, CS345, CS447, CS456) which require reading and writing mathematical proofs. Many students whose interest isn't in math for its own sake (and especially in proofs) find MA211 difficult.

Fall 2016 courses which might be better for a math minor (in rough order from "probably useful" to "maybe not such a good choice"):

Spring 2017 courses (tentative) which might be better for a math minor:

Textbook information for Fall 2016:

The textbook is Discrete Mathematics: An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (brief edition) by Susanna S. Epp (Brooks/Cole, 2011, ISBN-10: 0-495-82617-0, ISBN-13: 978-0-495-82617-0). This is the same textbook as used in recent semesters at Clarkson.

NOTE CAREFULLY: Be sure to get the Brief Edition--do NOT get the larger (and more expensive) text Discrete Mathematics with Applications. This will work in a pinch, but be confusing, since section numbers and homework problems do not always line up. Also, there is a free electronic version of the text circulating on the web which looks okay but IS NOT OK: it is apparently a preliminary edition which has different problems in some sections. It will NOT work for this course.

There is also available a Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide (Brooks/Cole, ISBN-10: 0-495-82618-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-495-82618-7). This contains additional complete solutions, explanations, and review questions. It is not required, but you may find it helpful.

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Mon Mar 21 15:26:10 EDT 2016
Scott R. Fulton