Penn State

Spring 2013

Concepts of Real Analysis (MATH 312)

**Class:**
M W F 2:30PM – 3:20AM, 116 Osmond

Arriving late to class, leaving class early, or disrupting class in any way will not be tolerated.

Cellphones must be silenced during lectures.

**Instructor:**
Mathieu Stienon
<stienon@math.psu.edu>

Please, always include “312” in the subject of your message.

You can expect to get an answer by the end of the next business day.

**Office
hours:** Tuesdays 3:30PM – 5:30PM, 325 McAllister

**Course
webpage:** www.math.psu.edu/stienon/312

**Textbook:**
David Brannan, A First Course in Mathematical Analysis, Cambridge
University Press

**Contents:**
This
is a proof-based course whose purpose is to introduce rigorously the
most basic concepts of mathematical analyis: real
numbers, sequences and series, limits, continuity, derivatives,
integrals. In your calculus courses, you acquired an intuitive
understanding of these concepts and you learned how to exploit them
in computations. There are lots of situations in which the tools of
calculus and the intuition on which it relies fail. In this course,
we will revisit the basic concepts introduced in calculus, give them
sound foundations, and establish their properties rigorously. In the
process, you will get to realize that many facts that were taken for
granted in calculus are far from being obvious. Hopefully, by the end
of the semester, you will be convinced of the paramount importance of
rigorous proofs in mathematics. Developing the ability to recognize
and write correct proofs is an essential and indispensable step in
the education of every aspiring mathematician and is an extremely
useful skill for any aspiring scientist as well.

**Warning:**
This course is DIFFICULT and of FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE in
mathematics. In order to succeed, YOU MUST DEVOTE ADEQUATE TIME AND
ATTENTION to the material by coming to ALL lectures, keeping up with
reading and homework assignments, taking advantage of office hours.
IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ONE CONCEPT, YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND
SUBSEQUENT MATERIAL. It is imperative that you DO NOT FALL BEHIND. If
you do, DO NOT WAIT. Come to office hours immediately to get extra
help. Consistency in coursework will pay off at the end of the
semester. I expect that you READ THE TEXTBOOK CAREFULLY AFTER (OR
EVEN BEFORE) EACH CLASS PERIOD Your feedback about the course is most
welcome.

**Evaluation:**
Weekly homeworks, two mid-term exams, and a (comprehensive) final
exam. All homeworks taken together, both mid-terms taken together,
and the final exam will each be worth one third of your course grade.

Grade scale: A ≥ 90% > B ≥ 80% > C ≥ 70% > D ≥ 60 % > F.

Plus or minus grades will be given at the instructor's discretion.

Tentative
mid-term examination dates: **Friday February 8** and **Wednesday
March 20**.

The final examination will be given during the week from April 29 to May 3, 2013. The final examination may be scheduled on any day during the final examination period. Do not plan to leave University Park until after Friday, May 3, 2013. Students who miss or cannot take the final examination due to a valid and documented reason, such as illness, may be allowed to take a makeup final examination. Personal business, such as travel, employment, weddings, graduations, or attendance at public events such as concerts, sporting events are not valid excuses. Forgetting the date, time or room of an examination is not a valid excuse. Students who have taken the original final examination are not permitted to take a makeup examination.

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, the University's Code of Conduct states that all students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Academic integrity includes a commitment by all members of the University community not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others.

**Academic
dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing,
fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of
academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of
examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously
used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic
work of other students. For any material or ideas obtained from other
sources, such as the text or things you see on the web, in the
library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from
any source must be identified as such.**

**Each
student in this course is expected to work entirely on her/his own
while taking any exam, to complete assignments on her/his own effort
without the assistance of others unless directed otherwise by the
instructor, and to abide by University and Eberly College of Science
policies about academic integrity and academic dishonesty. Academic
dishonesty can result in assignment of "F" by the course
instructors or "XF" by Judicial Affairs as the final grade
for the student.**

All Penn State Policies regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course.

**Penn
State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's
educational programs.**
If
you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic
adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability
Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY).
For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for
Disability Services Web site at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/.

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at http://equity.psu.edu/ods/guidelines/documentation-guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.