MATH 170:   Ideas in Mathematics

Spring 2018
Instructor: Zhenfu Wang

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The Course

The goal of math 170 is to foster a deeper experience in and appreciation of mathematics by studying various topics in mathematics. These topics include set theory, basic logic, numeration system, basic number theory, graph theory and scheduling etc. We will use the textbook
  1. University of Pennsylvania Math 170 Ideas in Mathematics, Custom UPenn Edition . Publiser: Pearson Custom Mathematics.

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Grading Policy

Your grade for the course will be determined based on the following factors:

The 1st Midterm Exam : 20%
The 2nd Midterm Exam : 20%
The 3rd Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 30%
Quiz: 10%


The 1st Midterm : In class, Feb. 13.

The 2nd Midterm: In class, Mar. 27.

The 3rd Midterm: In class, Apr. 19.

Final Exam : TBA

Homework and Quiz

Homework will be assigned weakly and due on the following weak. It will be collected on lectures every Tuesdays and be checked (but not graded exactly) if the students do the homework or not. There will be a short quiz (10 -20 min) on every recitation.

Important dates

Feb. 13, First Midterm Exam

Feb. 16, Drop Period ends.

Mar. 3-11, No Class (Spring break).

Mar. 27, Second Midterm exam.

Mar. 30, Last day to withdraw from a course.

Apr. 19 , Third Midterm exam.

Apr. 24, Last day of classes of this course.

Apr. 26-27, Reading days.

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