MA211: Foundations


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

Registration for Fall 2014:

MA211-Foundations is a required course for math, applied math, computer science, and software engineering majors, 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 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. It is a pre- or co-requisite for upper-division mathematics and computer science courses (such as MA311, MA313, MA314, MA321, MA322, and CS344, CS345, CS447, CS456) which require reading and writing mathematical proofs.

Fall 2014 courses which might be better for a math minor:

Spring 2015 courses (tentative) which might be better for a math minor:

Textbook information for Fall 2014:

The textbook will be 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, including Spring 2014.

NOTE CAREFULLY: Be sure to get the Brief Edition--do NOT get the larger (and more expensive) text Discrete Mathematics with Applications.

ALSO NOTE: There seem to be some bogus copies of the textbook floating around which have some different exercises. I have not been able to pin the details down, but it appears they may be old electronic copies, perhaps of a preliminary edition. If you get one of these, it will not help you--there are too many differences in exercises. So be warned: if you get the book extra cheap (or free) you might not be getting the same thing.

In Spring 2014 the publisher provided a link for buying or renting the book directly from them at a reduced price. I'll check with them over the summer and see if they can do the same thing again (if so, I'll post it here).

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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Wed Apr 30 15:03:57 EDT 2014
Scott R. Fulton