Syllabus for Math 5310 (Introduction to Real Analysis), Fall 2014
TuTh 2-3:15 pm, Monroe 118.
Text: Principles of Mathematical Analysis, Walter Rudin,
- Instructor: Mikhail Ershov
- Office: Kerchof 302
- e-mail: ershov at virginia dot edu
- Office hours: 2 hrs 30 min TBA and by APPOINTMENT
- Course webpage: http://people.virginia.edu/~mve2x/5310_Fall2014
- 1. You should have taken MATH 3310 (Basic Real Analysis) or equivalent. The most essential
skill from 3310 that is crucial in 5310 is being able to work with the epsilon-delta
definition of the limit and related notions like convergence and continuity (just formally
understanding the definition of the limit is not enough).
- 2. As with most 5000 level math classes, you are expected to have substantial prior exposure to proofs.
You should be completely comfortable with basic proof techniques and have experience in both reading (and understanding) proofs and writing your own proofs.
The main goal of the course is to develop basic notions of mathematical analysis (convergence,
continuity, compactness etc.) in the setting of metric spaces. The material in the first half of the course
will have some overlap with that of 3310; however, almost everything will be done in greater
depth and generality. You should also expect homework exercises to be much more theoretically
(rather than computationally) oriented compared to 3310. The second half will cover topics that you most
likely have not studied before, including convergence in function spaces, fixed point theorems and
Lebesgue integration. Our main textbook will be `Principles of Mathematical Analysis' by Rudin; however,
we will not be following it too closely, and I may suggest other reading sources as we progress
through the material. The tentative plan is to cover chapters 1,2,4,7,11 as well as parts of
chapters 3,5,8 from Rudin's book; we will also cover at least a couple of topics not discussed
in Rudin's book.
Evaluation The course grade will be based on homework, two midterms and the final,
with weights distributed as follows:
- homework: 30%
- midterms: 20% each
- final: 30%
The format of the exams is open at this point, but most likely the final and the first midterm
will be in-class while the second midterm will be take-home.
The midterm dates given below are tentative and may be changed later. The date and time of the final
exam is determined by the registrar and cannot be changed (in the case of a take-home final
it will be due on that date).
- First midterm exam: Thu, Oct 9th
- Second midterm exam: Thu, Nov 13th
- Final exam: Tue, Dec 16th, 9am-12pm
- Make-ups or extensions (for take-home exams) will be given only under extreme circumstances (such as
serious illness). Except for emergencies, you must obtain my permission
for a make-up (resp. extension) before the exam (resp. due date).
- If you miss an in-class exam or fail to submit a take-home exam
by the due date without a compelling reason, you will
be assigned the score of 0 on that exam.
- University regulations specifically prohibit early make-ups.
- Homework will be assigned weekly and will usually be due on Thursday.
- Please STAPLE your homework.
- No late homework will be accepted. However, two lowest
homework scores will be dropped.
- GRADING: it will not be possible to grade all homework problems. In each assignment 3-4 selected (but not announced in advance) problems will be graded for credit.
- On homework: you are welcome (and even encouraged)
to work on homework together, but you must write
up solutions independently, in your own words. In particular,
you should not be consulting others during the process of
writing down your solution.
- On take-home exams: you MAY NOT discuss problems with other people
or use any resources (including web) except for the class textbook and your
class notes. You may ask me questions about the exam problems, but normally
I will only provide very brief hints.
Major announcements will be made in class and also posted on the course
Some other announcements may only be made by e-mail, so check your
- Tuesday, September 9 -- Last day to ADD a course, elect the audit
change the grading option (grade or CR/NC), or establish an independent
- Wednesday, September 10 -- Last day to DROP a course (deletion
from the transcript)
- Tuesday, October 21 -- Last day to withdraw from a course