Reading, Writing, and Proving: A Closer Look at Mathematics

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This book, which is based on Pólya's method of problem solving, aids students in their transition from calculus (or precalculus) to higher-level mathematics. The book begins by providing a great deal of guidance on how to approach definitions, examples, and theorems in mathematicsand ends with suggestedprojects for independent study.

Students will follow Pólya's four step approach:analyzing the problem, devising aplan to solve the problem, carrying out that plan, and ...

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Overview

This book, which is based on Pólya's method of problem solving, aids students in their transition from calculus (or precalculus) to higher-level mathematics. The book begins by providing a great deal of guidance on how to approach definitions, examples, and theorems in mathematicsand ends with suggestedprojects for independent study.

Students will follow Pólya's four step approach:analyzing the problem, devising aplan to solve the problem, carrying out that plan, and thendetermining the implication of the result. In addition tothe Pólyaapproach to proofs, this book placesspecial emphasis on reading proofscarefully and writingthem well. The authors have included a wide variety of problems,examples, illustrations andexercises,some withhints and solutions, designed specificallyto improve the student's ability toread and write proofs.

Historical connections are made throughout the text, and students are encouraged to use the rather extensive bibliography to begin making connections of their own. While standard texts in this area prepare students for future courses in algebra, this book also includes chapters on sequences, convergence, and metric spaces for those wanting to bridge the gap between the standard course in calculus and one in analysis.

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Editorial Reviews

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From the reviews of the second edition:
“This is at heart a fairly conventional transition text, but it has a number of features that encourage students to practice and improve their mathematical reading, writing, and proving skills. … The book is primarily concerned with an exposition of those parts of mathematics in which students need a more thorough grounding before they can work successfully in upper-division undergraduate courses. … a mathematically-conventional but pedagogically-innovative take on transition courses.” (Allen Stenger, The Mathematical Association of America, September, 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461429159
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/3/2013
  • Series: Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Ueli Daepp is an associate professor of mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. He was born and educated in Bern, Switzerland and completed his PhD at Michigan State University. His primary field of research is algebraic geometry and commutative algebra.

Pamela Gorkin is a professor of mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She also received her PhD from Michigan State where she worked under the director of Sheldon Axler. Prof. Gorkin’s research focuses on functional analysis and operator theory.

Ulrich Daepp and Pamela Gorkin co-authored of the first edition of “Reading, Writing, and Proving” whose first edition published in 2003. To date the first edition (978-0-387-00834-9 ) has sold over 3000 copies.

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Table of Contents

-Preface.-1. The How, When, and Why of Mathematics.- 2. Logically Speaking.- 3.Introducing the Contrapositive and Converse.- 4. Set Notation and Quantifiers.- 5. Proof Techniques.- 6. Sets.- 7. Operations on Sets.- 8. More on Operations on Sets.- 9. The Power Set and the Cartesian Product.- 10. Relations.- 11. Partitions.- 12. Order in the Reals.- 13. Consequences of the Completeness of (\Bbb R).- 14. Functions, Domain, and Range.-15. Functions, One-to-One, and Onto.- 16. Inverses.- 17. Images and Inverse Images.- 18. Mathematical Induction.- 19. Sequences.- 20. Convergence of Sequences of Real Numbers.- 21. Equivalent Sets.- 22. Finite Sets and an Infinite Set.- 23. Countable and Uncountable Sets.- 24. The Cantor-Schröder-Bernstein Theorem.- 25. Metric Spaces.- 26. Getting to Know Open and Closed Sets.- 27. Modular Arithmetic.- 28. Fermat’s Little Theorem.- 29. Projects.- Appendix.- References.- Index.

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