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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Feb 18, 2018
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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MATH 3040 - Prove It!


(MQR-AS)      
Fall, spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: MATH 2210 , MATH 2230 , MATH 2940 , or permission of instructor. This course is useful for all students who wish to improve their skills in mathematical proof and exposition, or who intend to study more advanced topics in mathematics.

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In mathematics, the methodology of proof provides a central tool for confirming the validity of mathematical assertions, functioning much as the experimental method does in the physical sciences. In this course, students learn various methods of mathematical proof, starting with basic techniques in propositional and predicate calculus and in set theory and combinatorics, and then moving to applications and illustrations of these via topics in one or more of the three main pillars of mathematics: algebra, analysis, and geometry. Since cogent communication of mathematical ideas is important in the presentation of proofs, the course emphasizes clear, concise exposition.



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