Math 3100 - Sequences and Series - Spring 2019

An Introduction to Analysis

Neil Lyall
Boyd GSRC 602A
lyall (followed by
25118 Class:
41268 Class:
  Office Hours:


 9:05-9:55 (Boyd 323)
11:15-12:05 (Boyd 323)
 8:30-9:00 & 10:00-11:00

 Lecture notes based on the material covered in class will be produced as we proceed through the semester:

Lecture Notes

Additional References:    1. Sequences and Series, by Malcolm Adams
             pdf (last updated 11/14/16)
  2. Elementary Analysis, by Kenneth A. Ross (Second Edition)
             Free Online Version
  3. Understanding Analysis, by Stephen Abbott (Second Edition)
             Free Online Version

About this course: You will find this course to be very different from the more computationally based courses at the 2000 level (like Calculus). This course is meant to help the transition to the more abstract, theoretical courses at the 4000 level and above. Not only will you be expected to learn this material at the computational level, but you will also be studying the proofs of the theorems and learning to write in a rigorous mathematical style. Because you will be looking at mathematics at a much deeper level than you may have in the past, this course will be very challenging. You must never settle for just ending the right answer to a question, you must make sure that you really understand why that answer is correct, and then, you must strive to communicate that understanding in a clear and concise way.

Homework will be collected once a week.
  1. Homework 1 (due on Wednesday January 16th)
  2. Homework 2 (due on Wednesday January 23rd)

Quizzes: There will be a short quiz two or three times during the semester, these will be announced ahead of time in class.
No make up quizzes will be given.
Exams: There will be three in-class "midterm" exams and a final exam.
 ** dates are provisional and subject to change **

Exam 1:   Friday the 15th of February (provisionally)  
Exam 2:  
         Exam 3:    
Final Exam:
25118 Class: Wednesday the 8th of May from 8:00-11:00
41268 Class: Mon
day the 6th from 12:00-3:00


Grading: Homework/Quizzes: 15%                   
Tests: 45% (15% each)
Final: 40%

For full credit, full work must always be shown. Any absence on a test day will result in a test grade of 0. It will be possible to make up for a missed test only if documented justification for the absence is provided.

Attendence policy: The official attendance policy of the university states: 
Students are expected to attend classes regularly. A student who incurs an excessive number of absences may be withdrawn from a class at the discretion of the professor (

In this class, we interpret "excessive" to mean four or more unexcused absences.

Academic Honesty: As a University of Georgia student, you have agreed to abide by the University’s academic honesty policy, “A Culture of Honesty,” and the Student Honor Code. All academic work must meet the standards described in “A Culture of Honesty” found at: Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation. Questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor.

The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary

Tentative Course Schedule (This will be continuously revised/modified as needed!)

Week Commencing on Monday

Wednesday Friday

  Irrationality of root 2, and some properties of the reals  Absolute Value, Inequalities and Induction
Binomial Theorem
Boundedness and Monotonicity of Sequences  
Convergence of Sequences
Consequences of Convergence Limits Laws and "Baby Squeeze"  
  Proof of Limit Laws 
Special Limits Subsequences

   Exam 1?





Spring Break