Fall Semester 2021

MA 38500 Introduction to Logic

  • Syllabus (pdf file) -- contains comprehsive information about how the course will be organized (below is only a summary); class participants are expected to read this.
  • Course Number: MA38500
  • Section Number: 001
  • CRN: 17043
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12noon - 1:15pm EST/EDT (WL Campus time)
  • Meeting Location: REC 114
  • Instructional Modality: Face-to-Face lectures. Office hours (times below) will be held on Zoom. (Connection details are available in Brightspace .)
  • Course Credit: 3 credit hours
  • Prerequisites: Any of MA 17200, MA 17400, MA 18200, MA 26100, MA 26300, MA 27100, MA 27101 with a Minimum Grade of C-; MA 30100 is strongly recommended.
  • Contact: Via email to memthomas at purdue.edu. Please use your official Purdue email, and messages MUST include MA38500 in the subject line.
  • Official Course Website
  • Brightspace -- see here (once activated) for course resources and announcements, including details of the assignment problems and information about the examinations.
  • Office Location: MA638, and (for office hours) Zoom (connection details in Brightspace ).
  • Office Hours:
    • Before October Break (up to October 8 2021): Monday 2-3pm, Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm (all times EDT (WL Campus time)), and by appointment.
    • Between October Break and Thanksgiving Break (October 13 – November 23 2021): Wednesday 2-3pm, Thursday 1:30-2:30pm (all times EST/EDT (WL Campus time)), and by appointment.
    • After Thanksgiving Break (from November 29 2021): Monday 2-3pm, Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm, Friday 3-4pm (all times EST (WL Campus time)).
    • Before October Break and after Thanksgiving Break (up to October 8 2021, and from November 29 2021): Monday 2-3pm, Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm (all times EST/EDT (WL Campus time)), and by appointment.
    Please note that there is no recitation for this class, and lecture time will mostly be devoted to covering new material (with review time before examinations), so please be sure that your schedule allows you to come to office hours to ask questions about the course, the assignments, etc. You may also think of office hours as study time, where you can focus on the work for this class, while your fellow students and the instructor will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Textbook: J. E. Rubin, Mathematical Logic: Applications and Theory. Access to the textbook is required for weekly assignments. A reprinted version of the book is available at a reduced cost from the University Bookstore . The original version of the book (published by Saunders) is out of print but new and second-hand copies are still available from some other retailers or previous students. A copy of the book is also available on reserve in the Department of Mathematics Library. Please see Brightspace for more information.
  • Assessment methods (see Syllabus, top, for schedule and further details):
    • 25%: based on 12 written assignments with problems from the textbook, approximately weekly.
    • 40% (20% each): 2 midterm examinations.
    • 35%: final examination.

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