Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and successful completion of Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus or equivalent
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 6 months
Recommended School Credit: One full year of high school credit or one semester of college credit equal to or greater than an AP class
Course Code: IAM
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics is an online and individually-paced college course taken after Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus. This course teaches a student how to construct logical arguments in the form of a proof to verify mathematical statements. Techniques and methods of proofs are taught through specific examples in set theory, group theory, and real analysis. This course introduces students to the logical and rigorous mathematical foundation which all higher level math courses require. Definitions and proofs will be stressed throughout the course. Online course materials supplement the required textbook.
Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course. Students can contact their instructor via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well to prepare for the graded assessments, which include quizzes, homework, presentations, midterm exams, and a cumulative final. Instructors use virtual classroom software allowing video, voice, text, screen sharing and whiteboard interaction.
For a detailed list of topics, click the "List of Topics" tab.
A sample screenshot of the Introduction to Abstract Mathematics online classroom.
A textbook and supplementary book are required for this course:
An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics by Robert J. Bond and William J. Keane. Published by Waveland Press.
Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics [Paperback] by William Dunham. Published by Penguin Books USA Inc.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate mastery over the following topics:
In addition to the textbooks, the course uses videos, websites, interactives and live presentations to help students learn the materials.
Sample video about former CTY student and Fields Medal Winner Terry Tao:
Sample screen shot of a quiz:
Sample interactive using virtual circuits to understand logic:
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online classroom for individual or group discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app.