Math 202 Fall 2009  

Proving Things: Analysis

Faculty: Jerry L. Kazdan
Telephone: (215) 898-5109
email: kazdan AT math . upenn . edu
Office Hours: Wed. 10:30-11:30
   (and by appointment) in DRL 4E15
TA: Eugene So, DRL 4C15
email: soeugene AT math . upenn . edu  
Text: D'Angelo & West, Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs, second edition, Prentice-Hall.

This course is about thinking, attempting to understand. It it for students who enjoy thinking hard, even when completely stumped. Then understanding (when it comes) is all the sweeter.

Intuition and computational skill will be essential in the discovery and presentation of your ideas.

The concept of a proof will be vital. There is nothing exotic about a proof. It is simply convincing someone else about your reasoning. You give different proofs to different people, depending on their background — and how well you know them.

Some References.

Problems to think about during August.

Example using Maple
Formula for:   sin x + sin 2x +...+ sin nx = ...


Exams: One 3"×5" card with notes on both sides is allowed; no calculators.
    Exam 1
    Exam 2   [Exam 2: solutions]
    No Final Exam.