- Code MATH6222
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Mathematics
- Areas of interest Mathematics
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
This course focuses on the language of mathematical arguments. Rather than attacking advanced topics, we will use simple mathematics to develop an understanding of how results are established. We begin with clearly stated and plausible assumptions or axioms and then develop a more and more complex theory from them. The course, and the lecturer, will have succeeded if you finish the course able to construct valid arguments of your own and to criticise those that are presented to you.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Understand the role of rigorous proof in mathematics.
2. Be able to construct written arguments using induction, proof by contradiction, counting arguments, and countability.
3. Develop problem-solving skills in elementary number theory, graph theory, and probability theory.
4. Present rigorous mathematical proofs orally and in writing.
Indicative AssessmentWeekly problem sets (30%, LO 1,2,3)
Mid-semester and final exams (20% and 30%, respectively, LO 1,2,3)
Mid-semester and final exams (20%, LO 1,2,3,4)
1. in consultation with the course lecturer, students will select a topic related to this course, and through reading of the relevant literature, acquire a fundamental knowledge of that topic.
2. Write a report on the selected topic and highlight key questions currently researched in the field.
(20%, LO 1,2,3,4)
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WorkloadThree lectures per week and regular workshops.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsNumber, Symmetry and Shape by Diane Herrmann and Paul J. Sally Jr.
Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proof by John D'Angelo and Douglas West
Preliminary ReadingGodel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter
Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery by Imre Lakatos
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