MAT-108, Spring 2016

Basic Information

The prerequisite for this course is MAT-21B or MAT-22A. (It may be taken concurrently with MAT-22A.) We will cover a substantial part of Smith, Eggen, and St. Andre's A Transition to Advanced Mathematics. Homework will be assigned out of the Eighth Edition of this book. The course smartsite is here.


MWF 2:10pm Wellman 216
Andre Kornell
office: MSB 2214
email: akornell


A01 T 5:10 Bainer 01128
A02 T 6:10 Bainer 01128
Priya Kshirsagar
office: MSB 2202
email: pskshirsagar
A03 T 5:10 Olson 141
Alvin Moon
office: MSB 3131
email: asmoon

The listed office hours are on Davis time, so afternoon office hours begin ten minutes after the hour. The listed email addresses are at


Midterm 1 will be on Wednesday, April 20. It will cover sections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3.

Midterm 2 will be on Wednesday, May 11. It will cover sections 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3.

The final exam will be on Saturday, June 4, at 10:30am. The first half of the final exam will cover sections 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, and 6.4. The second half of the final exam will cover all of the assigned material, except section 6.5.


20% midterm 1
20% midterm 2
40% final
10% homework
10% quizzes

Course grades will not be assigned according to a predetermined grade scale.

Homework will be collected each week in your discussion section. Most weeks, there will also be a quiz on the material due that day. You must hand in your homework and take your quiz in the discussion section in which you are enrolled. At the end of the quarter, your quiz grades will be adjusted to account for the differences between quizzes.

In general, your solutions for homework, quizzes, and exams should consist of sentences, and should thus form a readable text. Each sentence should express a true proposition, and it may also include supporting reasoning. Parts or the whole of the sentence may be rendered symbolically, but this should be done in a way that enhances readability, rather than hinders it. Where appropriate, calculations such as truth tables may be inserted into the text, in the manner of a figure. Example sentence: The square of each real number is positive, because the product of two positive real numbers is positive, and the product of two negative real numbers is positive. Here, the main proposition that "the square of each real number is positive" is true, and the remainder of the sentence justifies it.


Students may not use computers, cellphones, or other electronic devices during lectures and exams. Additionally, students may not use books, notes, or any other aides during exams; students should bring only writing utensils.

If you need special accommodations, please let me know as soon as you can.

Due Dates

04/05: Read sections 1.1 and 1.2. Do exercises 1.1.3(b, d, f, h, j), 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6(d, e, f), 1.1.7, 1.1.10, 1.1.13, 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, and 1.2.8. There will be a quiz.

04/12: Read sections 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5. Do exercises 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.6, 1.3.8, 1.3.10, 1.4.2, 1.4.5(a, b, e, g), 1.4.7(d), and 1.4.8. You do not need to show your work for problems 1.3.8 and 1.3.10. There will be a quiz.

04/19: Read sections 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3. Do exercises 1.6.1(b, d, e), 1.6.3, 1.6.6(a, b, i), 1.6.8, 2.1.4, 2.1.17, 2.2.6, 2.2.11, 2.3.1(b, d, k, l, n), 2.3.2(b, d, k, l, n). You do not need to show your work for problems 2.1.4 and 2.1.17. There will be a quiz.

04/26: Read section 2.4. Do exercises 2.4.4(b, d, e, i, l), 2.4.5(a, h, o, p, q), and 2.4.7(b, e, h, j). There will be a quiz.

05/03: Read sections 2.5, 3.1, and 3.2. Do exercises 2.5.5, 2.5.6, 2.5.7, 2.5.8, 3.1.3(d, f, g, h), 3.1.9, and 3.2.6.

05/10: Read section 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3. Do exercises 3.2.11, 3.3.4(a, d, f, g), 3.3.7(a, c, g), 3.3.9a, 4.1.5, 4.1.11(c, d), 4.2.10, 4.3.5, 4.3.6, and 4.3.9. There will not be a quiz.

05/17: Read sections 4.4, and 5.1. Do exercises 4.4.1(a, d, g), 4.4.5, 4.4.8, 5.1.1, 5.1.2, and 5.1.7. There will be a quiz.

05/24: Read sections 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5. Do exercises 5.2.4(a,b,f,g,h), 5.2.7(d, e, g), 5.3.3, 5.3.11, 5.4.1, 5.4.5, 5.5.2, and 5.5.3. There will be quiz.

06/03: Read sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.5. Do exercises: 6.1.14, 6.2.6, 6.2.16, 6.3.1, 6.3.16, 6.4.6, 6.4.14, 6.5.2, and 6.5.5. There will be quiz in section on Tuesday, May 31. The homework assignment should be handed in to Andre, Alvin or Priya in office hours by Friday, June 3.