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Mathematical Structures: Mathematics 300

Lecture TuTh 9:00-10:15 in Discovery 181

Line # 24720

Instructor John Jones

Office WXLR 729


Office phone 965-3725

Best contact method E-mail. Messages for my office phone are never checked, and sometimes the phone doesn't work.

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Office Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:20, Wednesdays 1:00-1:50, and by appointment (e-mail for appointments).

Prerequisites A course in calculus.

Text Doing Mathematics, by Steven Galovich (2nd edition). We will cover, in order: Sections 2.1-2.3, 3.1-3.6, 4.1-4.4, and as much of chapter 5 as time permits.

Grading There will be two tests, homework, and a final. The final grade will be computed by the following recipe:

What Percentage
Homework average 30%
Tests 20% per test (40% total)
Final exam 30%

The weights on the left side will be used to get a final average:
Final avg = 0.30 · (homework percent) + 0.40· (test average) + 0.30 · (final exam percent)

Then final grades will be determined by the following chart.
Grade A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C D
Lower Cutoff 97% 90% 87% 84% 78% 75% 72% 63% 50%

Tests Tests will be given in class on

  • Test 1: March 1
  • Test 2: April 19

Homework Homework assignments will appear on the course homework page. Each student is expected to do and understand every problem assigned. Problems to be submitted for grading will be underlined. Papers are due on the date shown on the homework page, and should be turned in before the start of class on the day they are due.

Homework submitted on the due date after class has started, but before the class period is over, will be accepted, but will have 10 points deducted from its score for being late. No assignments will be accepted after the end of class, and homework may not be submitted electronically.

Note, to submit homework to my mailbox, it must turned in the day before it is due in order to earn credit. (If work is turned in to my mailbox on the day it is due, I won't know when it arrived, may have been late, and will not be accepted.)

At the end of the semester, the three lowest homework scores for each student will be dropped before averaging the others. For some students, the dropped scores will be assignments which are missed for reasons of illness, or because they were not submitted in time.

Quizes Quizzes are given once a week at the begining of class for approximately the first half of the semester. They will usually consist of a short proof using material covered recently. The objective is for students to stay on top of the material, and for them to hone their skill at writing simple proofs. They do not count for credit.

For each quiz, each student can decide for themselves whether or not to have their work graded to get feedback on errors. This is recommended. It is better to learn about errors on something which doesn't count so it can be fixed. However, having quizzes graded is not required.

Makeups If you need to miss a test for exceptional circumstances such as a documented illness, emergency, or a University-sanctioned activity, contact the instructor at the earliest possible time. If an exam must be taken late and is not excused, a late penalty will be assessed to its score of a minimum of 15%.

Final Exam The final will be comprehensive and take place at its regularly scheduled time. I believe this to be Thursday, May 3, 7:30-9:20 AM, in our regular classroom, but students are responsible for checking that this is the correct date and time.

In general, final exams cannot be rescheduled by ASU policy. See ACD 304-01 for details.

Academic Integrity Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, and laboratory work, academic transactions and records. The possible sanctions include, but are not limited to, appropriate grade penalties, course failure (indicated on the transcript as a grade of E), course failure due to academic dishonesty (indicated on the transcript as a grade of XE), loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. For more information, see

Accomodations Students who feel they will need disability accommodations in this class but have not registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) should contact DRC immediately. The DRC Tempe office is located on the first floor of the Matthews Center Building. DRC staff can also be reached at: (480) 965-1234 (V) or (480) 965-9000 (TTY). For additional information, visit:

Classroom Behavior Be sure to arrive on time for class and pay attention to the class activity. Excessive tardiness will be subject to sanctions. Under no circumstances should you allow your cell phone to ring during class. Disruptive behavior, which includes eating during class, will not be tolerated. During exams, it is especially important to avoid making unnecessary noise, such as drumming on your desk or using a plastic water bottle. The use of laptops (unless for note taking), cell phones, music players, etc. are strictly prohibited during class.

Threatening Behavior All incidents and allegations of violent or threatening conduct by an ASU student (whether on-or off campus) must be reported to the ASU Police Department (ASU PD) and the Office of the Dean of Students. If either office determines that the behavior poses or has posed a serious threat to personal safety or to the welfare of the campus, the student will not be permitted to return to campus or reside in any ASU residence hall until an appropriate threat assessment has been completed and, if necessary, conditions for return are imposed. ASU PD, the Office of the Dean of Students, and other appropriate offices will coordinate the assessment in light of the relevant circumstances.

Sexual discrimination Title IX is a federal law that provides that no person be excluded on the basis of sex from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. Both Title IX and university policy make clear that sexual violence and harassment based on sex is prohibited. An individual who believes they have been subjected to sexual violence or harassed on the basis of sex can seek support, including counseling and academic support, from the university. If you or someone you know has been harassed on the basis of sex or sexually assaulted, you can find information and resources at

As a mandated reporter, I am obligated to report any information I become aware of regarding alleged acts of sexual discrimination, including sexual violence and dating violence. ASU Counseling Services,, is available if you wish discuss any concerns confidentially and privately.

Information on this syllabus may be amended by verbal announcements made in class and posted on the course web page.
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