Math 320 syllabus

Foundations of Mathematics (W) 

Bulletin Description:

A transition to higher mathematics with an emphasis on proof techniques. Topics include symbolic logic, elementary set theory, induction, relations, functions, and the structure of the number system. Mathematics and Statistics majors are encouraged to take MA 320 as soon as possible after completing MA 125. This course is taught in the traditional lecture format.  3 Credits.


C or better in EH 102 or EH 105 and MA 125. Suggested Text: Bridge to Higher Mathematics, by Sam Vandervelde.



Chapters 1 through 7.


Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course a student will

  • Be able to write mathematics and proofs in a clear, concise, logical, and correct way;

  • Understand the rules of formal logic and be able to use these rules to read and write mathematical arguments;

  • Understand the rudiments of set theory and the role of set theory in mathematics;

  • Obtain a good understanding of relations, especially equivalence relations and their applications to partitions of sets; have a working knowledge of many of the types of relation that are fundamental to mathematics;

  • Have a thorough understanding of functions.


Last updated: October 16, 2014.