Sets and Logic
Prof: Sergei Pilyugin / Fall 2022
Mar 2, 2023
Absolutely essential for math majors and still quite useful and insightful for stats/CS/physics/other math heavy majors. The proofs assignments can be moderately difficult or very hard - depends on the person and the assignment. Be prepared to work up to 10 hours per week on these. Also don't feel bad if you spend a few hours and get nowhere - that's part of the learning process :) Exams were relatively reasonable. Just study the book chapters and make sure you understand all the proofs done in class and you'll be good
Gives you samples of a variety of fields of mathematics (combinatorics, real analysis, algebra, set theory) in addition to learning proof writing techniques. If you ever have to write another proof, take this class
Absolutely awesome. A bit of a quick writer so don't be shy to ask questions if you don't understand a proof. Go to office hours!! He's helpful and available. Relatively forgiving grader on the exams and will help you with the proof assignments via email or in person.
If you are not a math major or have not been exposed to many proofs before, I highly recommend you look into proof writing before the class. A few suggestions would be to look up the proof of the binomial theorem (make sure you know induction first), proof of the ordinary generating function for the Fibonacci sequence, and Cantor's diagonal argument (familiarize yourself with some basic set theory prior and figure out what a bijection is).
Prof: Dana Bartosova / Fall 2022
Dec 13, 2022
This class was the most difficult college class I've taken. Along with difficult course content, the class and its coordinators were very disorganized, which made it much more difficult for me to learn.
The class is all about proof writing, so it's quite useful if you plan on studying anything having to do with math theory. Your grades will rely heavily on homework assignments and midterms, and there is no room for improvement i.e. extra credit.
Professor Bartosova was really nice and she tried her best to help students succeed. She was almost always willing to meet outside of class time to talk, and she graded the midterms a little easier than other assignments were.
Go to office hours and review sessions as much as you can! Sometimes the TA's are more helpful than the professors, as they are often able to explain things in more plain terms. Don't brush off the homework assignments. You get one drop and one late assignment, but they are still graded fairly harshly by the TA's.
Prof: Zachary Hamaker / Fall 2021
Apr 22, 2022
This is the hardest class I've ever taken; some people pick up on proof-writing quickly, others take a while or never end up getting it. There were people who aced this class while others were close to failing.
Entirely writing proofs. It's really only useful for people taking more proof-based classes.
Horrible, awful. He's really smart but isn't good at helping students who are struggling and taking a while to get things. He doesn't explain things well; the only people who understood him were those with previous proof-writing experience. I don't know how I passed this class.
Unless you absolutely need this class for your major, don't take it.
Prof: Miklos Bona / Fall 2021
Oct 2, 2021
One of the hardest courses I’ve taken. Your grade will depend solely on your exam scores. However, it’s useful for problem solving skills and some concepts can interesting but this is very subjective.
You learn how to proof write for math, but more than anything it teaches you problem solving skills. Definitely useful for a STEM major. However, some concepts were very abstract/difficult to comprehend.
Bona is a very intelligent guy. That being said, sometimes it seems like he’s too smart for the class and can have a hard time relating to those who are new. He moves quick and grades exams somewhat harshly. Sometimes he will also work out the problem in his head without providing steps along the way which can make it hard to follow.
Even though homework isn’t assigned, DO IT!!!! The textbook is your lifeline and I would recommend reviewing the chapter before and after lecture. Do not fall behind or it makes it even harder to catch up. Might be a good idea to take the class with easier classes to lighten the damage on your GPA.
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