Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, blanchaj (at) math.grinnell.edu
Text: Understanding Analysis by Abbott. It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.
Foundations of Analysis is the first course in the analysis sequence. The learning goals for this course are:
- develop a deep conceptual understanding of the foundational aspects of the analysis of real numbers including limits of sequences and series of real numbers, the topology of the real line, properties of functions of one real variable, limits of sequences and series of functions of one real variable, and the theoretical development of differential and integral calculus of functions of one real variable;
- improve proof writing skills;
- improve ability to reason abstractly;
- improve mathematical reading comprehension;
- improve mathematical oral and written communication.
This class will meet approximately three hours per week. To accomplish the course learning goals students should expect to spend at least nine additional hours per week completing assignments and studying course material.
There will be weekly, written homework posted on Pioneerweb. A subset of problems will be graded. Late homework will be penalized on a graduated scale.
In addition to the graded homework, students should read the textbook associated with the class schedule. The reading should be completed prior to the associated class period.
There will be three in-class, midterm exams tentatively scheduled for:
These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.
- Monday, September 25;
- Friday, October 27;
- Monday, November 20.
The final exam is scheduled for
The final exam will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. (Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam.)
- Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 - 5:00 pm.
All students must be aware of and comply with the Grinnell College Academic Honesty policy.
In this course students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. It is acceptable to collaborate with any student currently enrolled in MAT 316. Students are encouraged to generate discussions on our course discussion board. Any resource (other textbooks or online) must be cited.
It is expressly forbidden to look for solutions online, in textbooks, or from other students.
It is also an academic honesty violation to solicit assistance from any online other forum.
All midterm exams and the final exam are closed notes, closed book, and the student may not consult any resource not provided with the exam or explicity permitted in the written instructions on the exam.
Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence. Missing more than four classes may result in a reduction of the final grade.
If you are in need of specific learning accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you have not already done so, you will need to provide documentation to and discuss your needs with the Coordinator for Student Disability Resources, John Hirschman (hirschma), located on the 3rd floor of the Rosenfield Center (x3089).
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