Text: The Heart of Mathematics; An Invitation to Effective Thinking 3rd Edition by Burger and Starbird. Note that an older edition will suffice.
Note that this course is not a remedial course in mathematics. It is intended, however, for students who would like an introduction to mathematical thinking. It is suitable for students who would like to become elementary school teachers, for example, but is not a course in mathematics pedagogy nor is it a simple review of elementary school mathematics. It is also suitable for students who would like to get an idea of what mathematics is and how mathematicians look at the world.
Your final mark in this course will be determined by the following breakdown:
NOTE: Students must pass the final exam to pass this course.
Instructor: Mark Mac Lean
Email: maclean (domain: math.ubc.ca)
Office: MATH 113
Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. I am also happy to answer questions by email; you should expect a 24 hour turn around on weekdays and by the end of the day on Monday for email sent over the weekend.
Online Course Material
There will be regular assignments in this class. Mathematics is a subject one learns by DOING problems, so please take these quizzes and assignments seriously.
****Please note that plagiarism (e.g. copying someone else's solutions to an assignment) is a serious academic offense at UBC. Generally, students caught plagiarizing receive suspensions (usually 12 months) and a notation on their transcripts that would jeopardize admission to professional programs, for example.
Page updated: 4 April 2011.
Page maintained by Mark Mac Lean.