MSUB Mathematics Department

M 242 Methods of Proof

Course Description

3 credits
Prerequisite: M 172
Covers reasoning and communication in mathematics, including logic, generalization, existence, definition, proof, and the language of mathematics.  Topics include functions, relations, set theory, recursion, algebra, number theory, and other areas of mathematics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand symbolic language of mathematics,

  • identify or draw conclusions from a set of conditions,

  • recognize, reason, and employ patterns of mathematical thought,

  • read and write theorems and proofs,

  • identify and interpret the validity of arguments used in real-world situations such as reasoning in philosophy and political science, and

  • be prepared to take a wide variety of upper-division mathematics courses.

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