Math 110 Section 59166                      Mathematical Reasoning                   Fall 2004                


Instructor:  Dr. Karin Pringle

Office:  Ayres 230


Web page:

Office Hours:  M,W, F: 10:00-11:00 or by appointment


Classes: MWF: 9:05-9:55, JHB 104


Required Text:  The Heart of Mathematics, An Invitation to Effective Thinking, Burger and Starbird, 2nd Edition, Key College Publishing, 2005.


Content:  We will cover sections in chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8.  These sections include ideas from number theory, the real line, infinity, geometry, topology, probability, and decision-making.  Work in the course emphasis logical thinking and problem solving while contemplating sophisticated mathematical topics.


Course Requirements: Attendance at each class meeting is necessary for success.  I encourage you to read the text regularly and have read the next section before each class.  Homework will be assigned and collected from each section. There will be four midterms. The first will cover chapters 1 and 2, the second will cover chapter 3 and some sections in chapter 4, the third will cover the remaining sections in chapter 4 and chapter 5, and the fourth will cover chapters 7 and 8.  Tentative dates for these exams are September 10, October 8, October 29 and November 22. Each student will complete a project in which you will demonstrate your understanding of a mathematical topic not covered in class.   The final exam will be cumulative and is scheduled for Monday, December 6, 10:15-12:15.  The exams will stress definitions, theorems and problems similar to those assigned for homework.


Grades: Grades will be determined using the percentages and grading scale below.  Points are earned by performance on homework, your project, midterm exams and the final exam. Your letter grade is a measure of your mastery of course material and your fulfillment of course objectives.

Project: 10%

Homework:  10%,

Exams:  15 % each,

Final: 20%.


A: 90-100%  B+: 85-89%   B: 80-84%  C+: 75-79% C: 70-74% D: 65-69% F: below 65%


Academic Honesty:  All students are expected to read and abide by the Academic Honor Statement found in “Hilltopics”. In mathematics classes, violations of the honor statement include copying another person’s work on any graded assignment or test, collaborating on a graded assignment without the instructor’s approval, using unauthorized “cheat sheets” or technical devices such as calculators, cell phones or computers for graded tests or assignments, or other infractions listed in “Hilltopics”.  These violations are serious offenses, subject to disciplinary action that may include failure in a course and/or dismissal from the University.  The instructor has full authority to suspend a student from his/her class, to assign an “F” in an exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” in the course.  See “Hilltopics” for more complete information.


The Honor Statement:

An essential feature of the University of Tennessee is a commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty.  As a student of the University, I pledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academic work, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity.


Students with Disabilities: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability or if you have emergency information to share, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 191 Hoskins Library, 974-6087.


Withdrawal Dates:  August 27, last day to add or drop without a W

September 28: last day to drop with a W

November 9: last day to drop with a WF/WP


Math Tutorial Center:  The Math Tutorial Center is in Ayres Hall room 322.  It provides free tutoring. Hours of operation are posted at


Classroom Etiquette:  Please be considerate of the instructor and those around you.  Come to class on time and for the entire period.  Either silence or turn off cell phones and beepers before you enter the classroom.  Do not talk to classmates at inappropriate times.  Refrain from reading newspapers or working on other coursework during class.


Tentative Schedule:

August 18,20:  Surveys, placement exam, Chapter 1.

August 23,25,27:  Chapter 1, Section 2.1,2.2

Aug 30, Sept.1, 3:  Section 2.3,2.6, 2.7

Sept. 8,10:  Section 2.7, Problem Day, Exam 1

Sept. 13,15,17: Section 3.1, 3.2

Sept. 20,22,24:  Section 3.2, 3.3, 4.1,

Sept. 27,29, Oct. 1:  4.2,4.3

Oct. 4, 6, 8:  4.3, Problem Day, Exam 2

Oct. 11,13:  Section 4.4, 4.5,5.1

Oct. 18,20,22:  Section 5.1,5.2,5.3

Oct. 25,27,29:  Section 5.3, Problem Day, Exam 3

Nov. 1, 3,5:  Section 7.1,7.2

Nov. 8,10,12:  Section 7.3,8.2

Nov. 15,17,19:  Section 8.3, Problem Day

Nov. 22, 24:  Exam 3, Problem Day

Nov. 29:  Review

Dec.6:  Final 10:15-12:15


Homework : The starred problems are to be turned in. Due dates will be given in class.

Chapter 1: p.28:  1,*3,5,10,11,*14

Section 2.1: 1,4,*8,10,15,*19

Section 2.2: 2,3,*7,17,29,*30,37

Section 2.3: 1-5, 7,12,*14, 15, *30, 33

Section 2.6: 3,5,6,8,*10, 22, *29,30

Section 2.7: 2,3,4,7,10,18,*20,23,25,*36