Math 214. Foundations of Higher Mathematics,
Instructor: Chi-Kwong Li
Meeting time and place: TT 2:00 - 3:20 pm. Morton 40
Office: Jones 128, Tel: 221-2042
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://cklixx.people.wm.edu
Office hours: TWR 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. or by
The goal of the course is to provide training for the mathematical background to study
advanced courses, which require abstract thinking and to understand
and write proofs for mathematical statements.
The course will cover the first 12 chapters (Chapter 0 - 11, yes, starting from 0!) of
the following required textbook.
G. Chartrand, A.D. Polimeni, P. Zhang, Mathematical Proofs, A transition to advanced mathematics,
Newest Edition. Addison Wesley, New York, 2008.
There is a weekly homework set due on every Friday noon starting Jan. 25, 2019.
Homework help sessions will be conducted. (Wednesday 4:00-5:00 Jones 131.)
Of course, help is also available at office hours.
You have to use LaTex to typset mathematical document,
an excellent skill to acquire.
- For window users,
(a) download the MikTex program from http://miktex.org/download;
(b) then download the Texmaker program from http://www.xm1math.net/texmaker/download.html;
(c) then open the program "texmaker";
(d) copy (or download and then open) the "homework01.tex" file to the texmaker window;
(e) select "LaTex" from the "Quick Build" menu;
(f) click the "=>" arrow on the left of "Quick Buil" to get the pdf output.
For Mac users,
(a) download MacTex from http://tug.org/mactex/;
(b) open the "texshop" program,
(c) copy (or download and then open) the "homework01.tex" file to the texshop window;
(d) change "PlainTex" to "LaTex" at "Typeset" menu;
(e) click "Typeset" icon to get the pdf output.
- You may also use the online editor
Write LaTeX .
- Here is
a list of TeX commands for mathematics symbols.
Challenging problems will be assigned from time to time;
extra-credits will be given to successful (or partially successful)
Quizzes (20 min. each) on Jan. 31. Feb. 14, March 21, April 4, 18.
Exams: Mid-term Feb. 28 1:20 hrs (14:00-15:20)
Final Apr. 30 3 hrs (14:00-17:00)
Grades (for homework, quizzes, exams, final grade, etc.):
%: 0 - 60 - 65 - 70 - 75 - 80 - 83 - 87 - 90 - 93 - 100
F D C- C C+ B- B B+ A- A
Assessment: Homework Quizzes Mid-term Final
20% 20% 25% 35%
(Extra credit problems may add up to another 5%)
Sample examination papers