Math 3034 - Introduction to Proofs - 85490
MWF 12:20 PM – 1:10 PM McBryde 226

Mrs. Jessica Schmale
Office: 437 McBryde Hall
Office Hours: M/W: 2:30 – 3:15pm; T/R 10:30am – 11:30am; and by appointment
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An Introduction to Mathematical Proofs, Jimmy Arnold, Rachel Arnold, and Robert Rogers. Available for download on Canvas.


A C or better in Math 2114.

Course Content

This course will provide the student with the background necessary to begin formulating and communicating mathematical proofs. The material will include a brief introduction to logic, various proof techniques, set theory, mathematical induction, equivalence relations, and mappings. For math majors, this course meets the requirements for an in-major writing intensive course.


Students are responsible for course materials and announcements covered in class. Students are also responsible for information delivered via Canvas or email.

Written Assignments/In–class Quizzes

Written Assignments will be posted on Canvas, and collected at the beginning of class on announced due dates, as often as daily. Assignments will be considered late if turned in after it is collected. Several (unannounced) in–class quizzes may be given throughout the semester. The questions on these quizzes will be similar to the questions from the assigned written assignments. If you arrive late to class after an in–class quiz has started you will not be given extra time for the quiz. You are encouraged to work together on assignments, however, you must write up solutions on your own and copying/paraphrasing is not permitted. Make–up quizzes will not be given.

Late Assignment Policy

You may, during the course of the semester, submit at most two late assignments for full credit provided they are turned in by the beginning of the next class meeting immediately following the due date. This policy will be followed uniformly and strictly regardless of the reason for the assignment being late. At least one written assignment/in–class quiz will be dropped.


There will be two midterm tests, announced at least one week in advanced. The tests may take place in a different room than your lecture class. You must take tests on the specified date. If you have a verified conflict with the time scheduled for a test, an alternative starting time for the test on the same evening will be provided. Usually, makeup tests will not be given. If a student misses a test for reasons that are serious, unavoidable, and beyond the student's control, the situation will be handled on an individual basis. When possible, the student should notify the instructor before missing the test.

(Tentative) test dates are:
  • Test 1: Wednesday, September 27, 7-8 pm
  • Test 2: Wednesday, November 1, 7-8 pm
The final exam will be offered on December 15, 2017, 7:45 - 9:45 am. The final exam is a required class meeting that will not be rescheduled for discretionary reasons, including conflicts with work schedules and with classes and exams at other colleges.


  • Homework/Quizzes: 25%
  • Exams (2): 50%
  • Final Exam: 25%
A 90% will guarantee an A–, 80% a B–, 70% a C–, 60% a D–. Plus and minus grades will be assigned at my discretion.

Grading Appeals: Grading disputes – points totaled incorrectly, partial credit appeals, missing assignments on Canvas, etc should be brought to my attention within 1 week of return of the assignment. Appeals outside of this time frame will not be considered.

Honor System

The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:
"As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do."
Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code.

If you have questions or are unclear about what constitutes academic misconduct on an assignment, please speak with me. I take the Honor Code very seriously in this course. The normal sanction I will recommend for a violation of the Honor Code is an F* sanction as your final course grade. The F represents failure in the course. The "*" is intended to identify a student who has failed to uphold the values of academic integrity at Virginia Tech. A student who receives a sanction of F* as their final course grade shall have it documented on their transcript with the notation "FAILURE DUE TO ACADEMIC HONOR CODE VIOLATION." You would be required to complete an education program administered by the Honor System in order to have the "*" and notation "FAILURE DUE TO ACADEMIC HONOR CODE VIOLATION" removed from your transcript. The "F" however would be permanently on your transcript.

All assignments submitted shall be considered "graded work" and all aspects of your coursework are covered by the Honor Code. All homework assignments, quizzes and tests are to be completed individually unless otherwise specified. Commission of any of the following acts shall constitute academic misconduct. This listing is not, however, exclusive of other acts that may reasonably be said to constitute academic misconduct. Clarification is provided for each definition with some examples of prohibited behaviors in the Undergraduate Honor Code Manual located at
    Cheating includes the intentional use of unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices or materials in any academic exercise, or attempts thereof.
    Plagiarism includes the copying of the language, structure, programming, computer code, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and passing off the same as one's own original work, or attempts thereof.
    Falsification includes the statement of any untruth, either verbally or in writing, with respect to any element of one's academic work, or attempts thereof.
    Fabrication includes making up data and results, and recording or reporting them, or submitting fabricated documents, or attempts thereof.
    Multiple submission involves the submission for credit - without authorization of the instructor receiving the work - of substantial portions of any work (including oral reports) previously submitted for credit at any academic institution, or attempts thereof.
    Complicity includes intentionally helping another to engage in an act of academic misconduct, or attempts thereof.
    The violation of any University, College, Departmental, Program, Course, or Faculty Rules relating to academic matters that may lead to an unfair academic advantage by the student violating the rule(s).
For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit:


If you are not on the official class roll, you are not in the class. It is your responsibility that you are properly enrolled in the class section you attend. It is easy to verify. For no foreseeable reason (computer and/or registrar personnel mistakes included) will you be allowed to stay in the wrong section. Your work will not be graded. Simply attending a section will NOT entitle you to be placed on its roll.

If you need adaptations or accommodations because of a documented disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

You and your classmates are here to learn, and that happens best in an atmosphere of mutual respect with freedom from distractions and disturbances. All of us should abide by the Virginia Tech Principles of Community
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