You are on page 1of 1

Mathematics 215: Analysis in a Single Variable SyllabusSpring 2013 Instructor: Mark McConnell (markwm@princeton.

edu), Fine Hall 1110 Office hours: MWF 11:00-11:50, TTh 12:30-1:20, or by appointment. Undergraduate Assistants: Wesley H. Cao (wenyucao@princeton.edu) Office hours: Tue. and Wed., 9:00-10:00 p.m. Hanxi (Heinrich) H. Jiang (hhjiang@princeton.edu) Office hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 and 4:30-5:30. Office locations to be determined. Overview. This course is an introduction to the algebraic, topological and analytical framework of modern mathematics. It begins at the beginning: set theory, real numbers, integers, and the topology of the real line. It then covers the calculus of one variable, concentrating on the theoretical aspects that are skipped in most first-year calculus courses. The emphasis is on learning to understand and to construct proofs. The most important prerequisite is a love of the beauty of mathematics, a curiosity about the inner workings of mathematical ideas, and a willingness to think abstractly. Book. Apostol, Calculus, vol. I, second edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1967. Despite the name, this is an analysis book, known for its clarity and careful ordering of ideas. Because of time constraints, not everything in the reading will be discussed in lecture, and not everything in lecture will be covered in the reading. Students are responsible for both. Course structure. There will be weekly reading and homework assignments. Homework is due in class on Thursdays. Late homework will not be accepted, except in cases of serious illness (with a doctor's note) or emergency. The homework is fairly long and demanding, as in any course where there is a great deal of deep material to cover. Prof. McConnell is always available in office hours to provide assistance in understanding the material, as well as advice on how to get started on the problem sets. The undergraduate assistants will hold regularly scheduled weekly help sections, offering assistance and advice along the same lines. Students are welcome to collaborate on the homework. Each student, though, should be building up his or her own mathematical ability. This individual growth is the basis for the independent work on the examinations. Make every effort to understand completely the solutions to the problems. The reason for grading the problem sets is to ensure that students understand the material and are not making mistakes of which they are unaware. There will be a midterm exam during Midterm Week, and a final exam at the end of the semester. Both of these will be scheduled by the Registrar. Grades will be based 30% on the problem sets, 30% on the midterm exam, and 40% on the final exam. God ever geometrizes. --Plato (5th cent. B.C.E.) God ever arithmetizes. --C. G. J. Jacobi (1804-1851)