This is a first course in mathematical reasoning, largely focused on reading and writing rigorous mathematical proofs. As such, this is an introduction to the techniques commonly assumed in upperlevel, proofbased math courses. Topics include logic, proof techniques, set theory, functions, and cardinality.
Instructor: Josh Southerland
Office Hours: via Zoom
Office: Padelford (PDL), C552
Contact: j s o u t h e r AT u w . e d u
Additional help is available outside of class and office hours at CLUE. Visit their website to find out more about online assistance.
There is no required textbook for this course. I will provide a set of lecture notes for each week, and post them in the course schedule below. However, we will be roughly covering the same content in the following free textbooks.
All lectures in this course will be recorded live on Zoom during the regularly scheduled class time. Additionally, all office hours, review sessions, quizzes and exams will be on Zoom. For additional Zoom and technology policies, refer to the syllabus.
For homework, you will need to use Gradescope. All homework will require either written or typed solutions to a weekly problem set. All solutions must be uploaded to Gradescope prior to the deadline. There are no extensions, however, 20% of the total homework points will be dropped.
The weekly Canvas quizzes can be found on Canvas. These are short quizzes intended to check to make sure you are keeping up with the course content. Each quiz covers the prior week's lecture content.
Quiz 1: Wednesday, July 14
Covers course content from Weeks 1 and 2, which correspond to homeworks #1 and #2.
Quiz 2: Wednesday, August 4
Covers material from weeks 3, 4, and 5, which correspond to homeworks #3, #4, and #5.
Quiz 3: Friday, August 20
Covers material from weeks 6, 7, and 8, which correspond to homeworks #6, #7, and #8.
Week  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 

Jun 21 
Lecture Day

Lecture Day

Lecture Day


Jun 28 
Lecture Day
Canvas Quiz

Submit Academic Honesty Pledge

Lecture Day
Office Hours
Homework #1 Due

Lecture Day


Jul 5  Holiday 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz
Office Hours
Homework #2 Due

Lecture Day 

Jul 12 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz

Extra Office Hours

Quiz 1
Lecture Day Office Hours

Homework #3 Due

Lecture Day 
Jul 19 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz

Lecture Day Office Hours
Homework #4 Due

Lecture Day 

Jul 26 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz

Lecture Day Office Hours
Homework #5 Due

Lecture Day 

Aug 2 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz

Extra Office Hours

Quiz 2
Lecture Day Office Hours

Homework #6 Due

Lecture Day 
Aug 9 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz

Lecture Day Office Hours
Homework #7 Due

Lecture Day 

Aug 16 
Lecture Day Canvas Quiz

Lecture Day Office Hours
Homework #8 Due

Extra Office Hours

Quiz 3

Wednesday, August 18th
Thursday, August 19th
Friday, August 20th