Mathematics 300: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

Rutgers University, Spring 2013

Anders Buch (asbuch at math dot rutgers period edu)

MTh4, Monday and Thursday 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM in SC-121

Course web site:


Smith, Eggen, and Andre, A Transition To Advanced Mathematics, Brooks/Cole (7th ed.)

Office Hours:

Tuesday 10-11 and Friday 3-4 in Hill 234.

Extra office hours: Wednesday May 8, 10-11 am in Hill 423.


Midterm 1, Thursday March 7 in class, 20%
Midterm 2, Monday April 8 in class, 20%
Final exam, Thursday May 9, 9-11 am in SC-121, 40%
Weekly Homeworks, 20% total.

Midterm 1:

Here is some advice for studying and solutions to selected problems from homework sets 1 and 2. You may also wish to look at Homework set 3 for some practice with sets. Good luck!

Midterm 2:

Here is some advice for studying.
Review problems that we didn't do in class: page 1, page 2, page 3.
Solutions to some of the homework problems can be found below.
I hope that I can hand out graded homework in my office hours Friday; when/if this is confirmed, I will update this page with a notice.
Finally, you might wish to look at homework set 5.
Good luck!

Final Exam:

Sections covered: 1.1-1.7, 2.1-2.5, 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.4, 4.6.

Note: As agreed in class, the time is changed to 9-11 am.

Note: There will be extra office hours on Wednesday, 5/8, 10-11 am, in Hill 423.

See below for solutions to the practice problems for section 4.6.

My advice for how to study for this test is the same as for the midterms.

Good luck!

Homework Policy:

1) Late homework is not accepted.

2) It is fine to discuss the problems with others, but writeups must be individual. If you have received help for solving a problem, then cite your source(s).

3) It is acceptable to submit homework by email if these instructions are followed.

Homework assignments will appear on the course web site.

Assigned homework sets:

Homework set 1 due September 21 in class.
Homework set 2 due September 28 in class. (solutions)
Homework set 3 due March 14 in class. (solutions)
Homework set 4 due March 28 in class. (solutions)
Homework set 5 due April 18 in class. (solutions)
Homework set 6 due May 2 in class. (solutions)
Practice problems for section 4.6. (solutions)