Math 446 Real Analysis I Fall 2014, Prof. Mark Janeba
Meetings Text
TTh 12:50 - 2:20 
Ford 201
Introduction to Real Analysis, 2nd edition, by Manfred Stoll
ISBN 978-0-321046-25-3, published by Addison Wesley

Course content:

This course concerns itself with the concepts of limit and continuity, which are the basis of mathematical analysis and the calculus from which it evolved.  We focus on limits of sequences and of functions, and continuity of functions.  While the main context is the real numbers, i.e. limits of sequences of real numbers, continuity of functions from the real numbers to the real numbers, and so on, we will introduce a more general context, that of metric spaces, in which to study the same concepts.  This will allow us to extend our results (often with no added effort) to functions on [set of real numbers]n, sequences in [set of complex numbers], functions on spaces of functions, etc.  A highlight of the course is the interaction of continuity with the concepts of completeness, compactness, and connectedness, which give us rigorous proofs of the seemingly obvious (but definitely not obvious) existence of global extrema and Intermediate Value Theorem.  As time permits, we may begin the concept of differentiability before semester break.
    Note:  In Real Analysis II, we will see that the "proofs" about derivatives that we saw in Calculus I were mostly quite rigorous, if we have a rigorous understanding of limits.  Therefore, we will quickly review what we already know about derivatives in a rigorous setting.  Integrals, however, are far more complicated than a Calculus I/II course would lead us to believe, especially if they involve discontinous functions.  Thus much of Real Analysis II will be concerned with properties of the Riemann integral.  Other material will include some introductory material on measure theory and/or sequences of functions, e.g. uniform convergence.

Course Goals:
At the completion of this course, the successful student will have demonstrated these abilities:


Three to five quizzes 75-125 points
Two or three "midterm" exams: 200-300 points
Two or three in class presentations
80-120 points
Final exam 200 points
Around 7 homework sets at ~20 pts each ~140 points

695-985 points

For each graded piece of work, I will post cutoff scores for grades of A-, B-, C, C-, and D. At the end of the term, if your point total is more than the total of the A- cutoffs, your grade will be an A- or better, and so on. Cutoffs will never be higher than: A-: 90%      B-: 80%     C: 70%     C-: 67%    D: 60% ... but they are often lower.

Exams:  We will have a mix of in-class and take-home exams.  Exams will be announced several days in advance.  The "rules" for take-home exams will be provided with the exam.
Final exam date: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 from 2-5 p.m.. For borderline grades, I tend to pay more attention to the final exam score.  The final may be take-home, in which case the above is the due date.
Exam makeup policy: Midterm make-ups or early midterms are given only for verifiable illness or for university-sanctioned intercollegiate activities. For collegiate activities, you must see me before you leave to arrange a makeup time. In any case, you must contact me in advance except in emergencies.If the final is in-class, it will definitely not be given early; we will try to finalize this by mid-semester, but please plan accordingly. 

Quizzes are 10 to 25 minutes long.  Some will be primarily content quizzes, e.g. stating definitions and theorems from class and assigned reading; these may be given without notice.  Other quizzes will be short reasoning and proof exercises, closely related to previously assigned homework.

Presentations:  I will periodically assign individual presentations, typically proofs of moderate difficulty, to be given during class meetings.  For the first presentation, I will ask students to give a preview in my office so we can be confident that things are going well.

Homework  is assigned daily but collected sporadically.  Approximately every other week, I will ask you to turn in a specific subset of the assigned work.  If you have additional problems on the same page, it's fine if you turn them in as well, but the problems specified for collection need to be thoroughly legible and well written.  If it is necessary to achieve legibility and coherence, students may choose to (re)write up a clean copy of their work to turn in (by the original deadline given).

In advanced mathematics, the step from things that can be easily understood to things that may as well be spoken in the Martian language is a short step.  To stay ahead of this "step," one needs to keep up with the concepts and definitions already covered.  It is vital that students do so. See also the "Workload" section below.  The occasional "pop" quiz on definitions and theorems (see Quizzes above) and class discussion will help motivate students to keep up and help me assess how well students are doing.  Please come prepared to discuss the homework and assigned reading from the previous class.

As with all 400-level mathematics courses at Willamette, students of this course are expected to attend the department colloquium at least four times this semester.  The purpose of this requirement is to instill an appreciation of the breadth and variety of mathematical topics, techniques, people and (academic) programs.  If scheduling conflicts make colloquium attendance impossible, alternative short written assignments will be made.  If a student anticipates needing this alternative for more than one colloquium session, they should contact the instructor well in advance so that suitable assignments can be prepared.  Failure to complete this requirement will result in a modest grade penalty for the course.
Accommodations for students with disabilities: Accomodations required by students with disabilities will be provided upon reasonable advance notice and verification of requirement/eligibility from the Office of Disability Services (Bishop Wellness Center).  If you forsee needing an accomodation, it is probably best to inquire at the Office of Disability Services at the start of the semester.  If Disability Services prescribes extra time for exams, you must remind your instructor of your needs at least one week before an exam and send an email reminder at least three days before the exam to ensure appropriate accommodations have been made. 

Policy on in-class distractions and cell phones: It is important to respect the concentration and attention of each student in the class.  Class time is limited, precious, and the tuition is quite expensive per minute.  Arriving late for class is not acceptable barring genuine emergencies.  Electronic devices must be turned off during class time, including laptop computers and smartphones.  Exceptions include special-needs aids such as lecture-recording devices.  If your cell phone rings during regular class time, you will be required to bring pastries or cookies for the entire class at the next class meeting.  During exams and quizzes, the penalty is more specific: two points for each ring, or one point per second of audible sound, whichever is greater.  Please help me hold distractions for your fellow students to an absolute minimum.

Workload and time committment expectations
It is the policy of the College of Liberal Arts that for every hour of class time there is an expectation of "two to three hours" of work outside of class.  This specific class, however, is widely recognized as the most challenging course we offer in Math, so you should probably plan on three hours of study per hour of class.  Thus, for our class you should anticipate spending nine hours weekly outside of class engaged in study time, reading and homework assignments, and preparing presentations.

Academic Honesty Expectations
All exams and quizzes are to be taken with books and notes closed (except as noted on the exam paper), completely on your own. When we have take-home exams, specific expectations will be distributed with those exams.

While you are allowed (and even encouraged) to discuss homework problems in general terms with your peers, and to discuss methods and the like, you should not see a peer's written homework (or a transcription of it on a whiteboard, e.g.) until after your own graded homework is returned to you.  With that in mind, plagiarism is work copied or paraphrased from another source without proper written acknowledgement.  All students involved in plagiarized work will recieve a zero grade on the assignment.  I will not try to tell who was "copied from" and who "did the copying."

In keeping with college policy, plagiarism will be reported to the dean for possible referral to the Honor Council per the Willamette Ethic. Systematic or organized plagiarism on exams or quizzes will result in course failure. If you are uncertain about some aspect of the academic honesty policy, it is your responsibility to get clarification from the instructor.

Last Modified August 25, 2014.
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