Home Page: Advanced Calculus 1
MAA 4211, Fall 2001
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Professor David Groisser
418 Little Hall
392-0281 extension 261
Homework rules and assignments
Grade scale page
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General facts about this course
This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence (MAA
4211-12) and is geared towards math majors and other people who just
plain like math--the conceptual side, not just the computational side.
This course is best treated as a one-year course, with a certain body
of material to be covered by the end of the spring, rather than as a
course that can be compartmentalized into semesters. Much of the
material covered in the first semester is intended to develop tools
that will be used in the second, where things will ``come together''
more. Usually the same instructor teaches both semesters.
This is a very different course from MAA 4102-4103 (Introduction to
Advanced Calculus for Engineers and Physical Scientists). Our focus
will be on proving theorems, not on applications to the sciences; if
this focus is not to your tastes, you would probably be happier in MAA
4102-4103. However, if you are thinking of doing graduate work in
mathematics, a theorem-proving course would serve you better.
A satisfactory grade in MAS 4105 (Linear Algebra, not to be
confused with MAS 3114, Computational Linear Algebra), which itself
has the Calculus 1-2-3 sequence as a prerequisite. Unless you have
prior permission from me, you may not take this class without these
prerequisites. If you have never taken a class in which writing proofs
was a significant component, this course is not suitable for you.
Other skills needed You must have the
ability to write in clear, unambiguous, grammatical English sentences.
An important goal of this course is for you to learn to express
mathematical ideas in precise terms, and communicate them clearly to
other people. A factor in your grade will be whether the instructor
can understand your written work without excessive re-reading.
Last update made by D. Groisser Mon Sep 10 11:19:49 EDT 2001