## MA211: Foundations

Course website
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### Professor:

Scott R. Fulton (367 Science Center, 268-2379,
sfulton@clarkson.edu,
office hours)
### Registration for Spring 2016:

MA211-Foundations is a required course for math, applied math, 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 (starting
Monday 16 November).
However, if all you're looking for is 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 (and proofs) find MA211 difficult.

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

- MA339--Applied Linear Algebra
- STAT383--Probability and Statistics
- MA331--Fourier Series and BVPs
- MA330--Advanced Engineering Mathematics
- STAT384--Applied Statistics II
- MA363--Mathematical Modeling

Fall 2016 courses (tentative) which might be better for a math minor:
- MA339--Applied Linear Algebra
- STAT383--Probability and Statistics
- MA/STAT381--Probability
- MA330--Advanced Engineering Mathematics
- MA377--Numerical Methods

### Textbook information for Spring 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*. 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.

### Other links:

Mon Oct 26 11:01:12 EDT 2015
Scott R. Fulton

sfulton@clarkson.edu