Foundations of mathematics I (2016/2017)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Peter Michael Schuster
Peter Michael Schuster
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I sem. dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 31, 2017.

Lesson timetable

I sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall E from Oct 11, 2016  to Jan 31, 2017
Wednesday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall C from Nov 23, 2016  to Dec 21, 2016

Learning outcomes

The course is an introduction into the fundamental methods and concepts of mathematics, especially into the method of proof and the language of sets.


Propositions and predicates
Connectives and quantifiers
Sets, elements, subsets
The axiomatic-deductive method
Mathematical terminology
Proof techniques
Relations and functions
Families and sequences
The Peano axioms
Number systems
Transfinite methods

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Day, Martin An Introduction to Proofs and the Mathematical Vernacular. 2015 Testo disponibile dall'autore sotto Creative Commons:
Velleman, Daniel J. How to Prove It: A Structured Approach (Edizione 2) Cambridge University Press 2006 978-0-521-67599-4
Cantini, Andrea & Minari, Pierluigi Introduzione alla logica : linguaggio, significato, argomentazione. (Edizione 1) Le Monnier 2009 978-88-00-86098-7
Halmos, Paul Teoria elementare degli insiemi (Edizione 4) Feltrinelli 1981

Assessment methods and criteria

Single written exam with open questions and grades out of 30. The exam modalities are equal for attending and non-attending students.

Student opinions - 2015/2016

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