MATH 253 - Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

Credits: 3

Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning is a transition to advanced mathematics, with a focus on precise mathematical reasoning and communication. Introductory topics in mathematical logic and proof-writing are discussed, including direct proof, proof by contradiction and contraposition, and mathematical induction. These ideas are applied to problems in elementary number theory, set theory, functions and relations, and cardinality. Further topics may be discussed if time allows.

USI Core 39: Ways of Knowing-Scientific and Mathematical Inquiry.

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory placement score or MATH 111 . May be taken concurrently with MATH 230 .

Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

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