Mathematics 220 (Mathematical Proof), Fall 2011

Lecture times and locations: Lecturer: Izabella Laba (Section 101) Lecturer: Mahta Khosravi (Section 102) Prerequisites: Either (a) a score of 64% or higher in one of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, SCIE 001 or (b) one of MATH 121, MATH 200, MATH 217, MATH 226, MATH 253, MATH 263.

Course web page:

Homework assignments will be posted here.

Textbook: Gary Chartrand, Albert D. Polimeni and Ping Zhang: "Mathematical Proofs - A Transition to Advanced Mathematics", 2nd ed., Pearson / Addison Wesley, 2008. ISBN 978-0321390530

Course goals: To learn how to construct and write mathematical proofs, with strong emphasis on clarity and mathematical rigour. Specific topics will include: This list is somewhat provisional and may be adjusted as needed. A longer description (developed by Prof. Andrew Rechnitzer) is available as a PDF file.

Your course mark will be based on homework (10%), two midterms (20% each), and the final exam (50%). The grades may be slightly scaled at the end of the course.

Examinations: There will be two in-class 50 minute midterms scheduled on Friday, October 7 and Monday, November 14, and a 2.5 hour final exam in December. The date of the final examination will be announced by the Registar later in the term. Attendance at the final examination is required, so be careful about making other committments (such as travel) before this date is confirmed. All examinations will be strictly closed-book: no formula sheets, calculators, or other aids will be allowed.

Homeworks: There will be weekly homework assigmnents, due on Fridays at the beginning of class. If you cannot come to class, you may drop off your homework at your instructor's office prior to the start of class. Late assignments will not be accepted. Solutions will be posted on the course webpage immediately after Friday's lecture. To allow for minor illnesses and other emergencies, the lowest 2 homework scores will be dropped.

Workshops: There will be weekly Math 220 problem solving workshops organized jointly by the UBC Mathematics Department and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. These are not mandatory, but we strongly recommend attending them. For schedule and more information, see

Academic concession. Missing a midterm, or handing in a homework after the deadline, will result in a mark of 0. Exceptions may be granted in two cases: prior consent of the instructor, or a documented medical reason. Your course mark will then be based on your remaining coursework (normally, homework: 10%, midterms and final exam: a total of 90%). There will be no make-up midterms.

Useful links:
[Mathematics Department] [University of British Columbia]