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MATH 2386, Problem Solving fall semester 2015
Course outline
  • Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 pm, Main Campus Room A223.

  • Instructor: Ihor Stasyuk

  • Office: Room H351B

  • Phone: 474 3450 Extension 4442

  • E-mail:

  • Office hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 PM, Thursday 2:00-3:00 PM or by appointment.

  • Textbook:
    "How to read and do proofs"
    by Daniel Solow
    6th edition
  • Topics: The course will be based on selected material from section 1-14 of the textbook: The Forward-Backward Method, Definitions and Mathematical Terminology, Quantifiers, The Contradiction Method, The Contrapositive Method, The Uniqueness Methods, Induction, The Either/Or Methods, The Max/Min Methods. Depending on time we could briefly discuss the rest of the chapters of the textbook.
  • Examinations: There will be a final exam in December and one midterm exam at the end of October or beginning of November (the date to be announced in class). The midterm and the final exams will be closed book.

  • Assignments: Assigned problems with detailed solutions have to be contained in a journal which will be checked regularly.

  • Project Math Circles: The Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Nipissing University invites school students from Grades 3-12 to participate in Math Circles. Math Circles are free, informal meetings for students who enjoy Math and problem solving. Interested students will work on challenging problems under the guidance of Mathematics students and faculty from Nipissing University. The Math Circles will take place on Saturdays every other week starting in October. The schedule, gathering dates and time will be announced. It is expected that the Math Circles will focus on problem solving in small groups, grades 3-6, 7-12, and will prepare the students to participate in Math Kangaroo, an international mathematical contest for school students held simultaneously in more than 70 countries around the world. Your task will be to prepare problems and activities for the sessions and guide the young students during the sessions. Further information will be provided.

  • Distribution of marks:
    homework project midterm exam final exam
    25% 20% 20% 35%