A Transition to Abstract Mathematics

2nd Edition

Learning Mathematical Thinking and Writing


  • Randall Maddox
  • Description

    Constructing concise and correct proofs is one of the most challenging aspects of learning to work with advanced mathematics. Meeting this challenge is a defining moment for those considering a career in mathematics or related fields. Mathematical Thinking and Writing teaches readers to construct proofs and communicate with the precision necessary for working with abstraction. It is based on two premises: composing clear and accurate mathematical arguments is critical in abstract mathematics, and that this skill requires development and support. Abstraction is the destination, not the starting point. Maddox methodically builds toward a thorough understanding of the proof process, demonstrating and encouraging mathematical thinking along the way. Skillful use of analogy clarifies abstract ideas. Clearly presented methods of mathematical precision provide an understanding of the nature of mathematics and its defining structure. After mastering the art of the proof process, the reader may pursue two independent paths. The latter parts are purposefully designed to rest on the foundation of the first, and climb quickly into analysis or algebra. Maddox addresses fundamental principles in these two areas, so that readers can apply their mathematical thinking and writing skills to these new concepts. From this exposure, readers experience the beauty of the mathematical landscape and further develop their ability to work with abstract ideas.

    Key Features

    * Covers the full range of techniques used in proofs, including contrapositive, induction, and proof by contradiction * Explains identification of techniques and how they are applied in the specific problem * Illustrates how to read written proofs with many step by step examples * Includes 20% more exercises than the first edition that are integrated into the material instead of end of chapter * The Instructors Guide and Solutions Manual points out which exercises simply must be either assigned or at least discussed because they undergird later results


    upper level undergraduate mathematics students Mathematicians and computer science professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Notation and Assumptions Section I: Foundations of Logic and Proof Writing Ch 1. Logic Ch 1. Language and Mathematics Ch 2. Properties of Real Numbers Ch 3. Sets and Their Properties Ch 4. Functions Section II: Basic Principles of Analysis Ch 5. The Real Numbers Ch 6. Sequences of Real Numbers Ch 7. Functions of a Real Variable Section III: Basic Principles of Algebra Ch 6. Groups Ch 7. Rings Index Index


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    Academic Press
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    About the author

    Randall Maddox

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, USA