Exploring the Infinite: An Introduction to Proof and Analysis

1st Edition

Jennifer Brooks

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published December 8, 2016
Textbook - 284 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498704496 - CAT# K24717
Series: Textbooks in Mathematics

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Summary

Exploring the Infinite addresses the trend toward

a combined transition course and introduction to analysis course. It

guides the reader through the processes of abstraction and log-

ical argumentation, to make the transition from student of mathematics to

practitioner of mathematics.

This requires more than knowledge of the definitions of mathematical structures,

elementary logic, and standard proof techniques. The student focused on only these

will develop little more than the ability to identify a number of proof templates and

to apply them in predictable ways to standard problems.

This book aims to do something more; it aims to help readers learn to explore

mathematical situations, to make conjectures, and only then to apply methods

of proof. Practitioners of mathematics must do all of these things.

The chapters of this text are divided into two parts. Part I serves as an introduction

to proof and abstract mathematics and aims to prepare the reader for advanced

course work in all areas of mathematics. It thus includes all the standard material

from a transition to proof" course.

Part II constitutes an introduction to the basic concepts of analysis, including limits

of sequences of real numbers and of functions, infinite series, the structure of the

real line, and continuous functions.

 

Features

  • Two part text for the combined transition and analysis course
  • New approach focuses on exploration and creative thought
  • Emphasizes the limit and sequences
  • Introduces programming skills to explore concepts in analysis
  • Emphasis in on developing mathematical thought
  • Exploration problems expand more traditional exercise sets

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