Advanced Calculus I F21

MAA 4211 Advanced Calculus I

University of Florida, Fall 2021

Little Hall 217, MWF3 (9:35–©10:25)

Instructor information:

Vince Vatter

Office: Little Hall 412
Office hours: Monday 1:30–2:20 in LIT 412, Tuesday 5th period (11:45–12:35) on Zoom, and by appointment
Office phone: (352) 294-2338

Tentative schedule

Date Topics
1 Monday 8/23 Introduction and √2
Section 1.1
2 Wednesday 8/25 Sets, functions, and proofs
Section 1.2
3 Friday 8/27 The axiom of completeness (suprema and infima)
Section 1.3
4 Monday 8/30 Consequences of completeness
Section 1.4
5 Wednesday 9/1 Cardinality
Section 1.5
Homework 1 due (before class starts)
6 Friday 9/3 Introduction to sequences and series
Section 2.1
Monday 9/6 Labor day (no class)
7 Wednesday 9/8 Limits of sequences
Section 2.2
8 Friday 9/10 Limit theorems
Section 2.3
9 Monday 9/13 Limit theorems, continued
Section 2.3
Wednesday 9/15 Quiz 1
10 Friday 9/17 Monotone sequences
Section 2.4
11 Monday 9/20 Subsequences
Section 2.5
12 Wednesday 9/22 Bolzano–Weierstrass
Section 2.5
Homework 2 due (before class starts)
13 Friday 9/24 Cauchy sequences
Section 2.6
14 Monday 9/27 Numerical series
Section 2.7
Wednesday 9/29 Quiz 2
15 Friday 10/1 The Cantor set
Section 3.1
Monday 10/4 Class canceled
16 Wednesday 10/6 Open and closed sets
Section 3.2
Friday 10/8 Homecoming (no class)
17 Monday 10/11 Open and closed sets, continued
Section 3.2
18 Wednesday 10/13 Sequential compactness (but not open covers)
Section 3.3
Homework 3 due (before class starts)
19 Friday 10/15 Limits of functions
Section 4.2
20 Monday 10/18 Continuous functions
Section 4.3
Wednesday 10/20 Quiz 3
21 Friday 10/22 Continuous functions on compact sets
Section 4.4
22 Monday 10/25 The intermediate value theorem
Section 4.5
23 Wednesday 10/27 Derivatives and the intermediate value property
Section 5.2
Homework 4 due (before class starts)
24 Friday 10/29 The mean value theorems (but not L’Hôpital’s rule)
Section 5.3
25 Monday 11/1 A continuous nowhere-differentiable function
Section 5.4
Wednesday 11/3 Quiz 4
26 Friday 11/5 Uniform convergence of sequences of functions
Section 6.2
27 Monday 11/8 Uniform convergence and differentiation
Section 6.3
28 Wednesday 11/10 Introduction to integration
Section 7.1
Homework 5 due (before class starts)
29 Friday 11/12 The Riemann integral
Section 7.2
30 Monday 11/15 The Riemann integral, continued
Section 7.2
Wednesday 11/17 Quiz 5
31 Friday 11/19 Integrating functions with discontinuities
Section 7.3
32 Monday 11/22 Properties of the integral
Section 7.4
Wednesday 11/24 Thanksgiving break (no class)
Wednesday 11/26 Thanksgiving break (no class)
33 Monday 11/29 The fundamental theorem of calculus
Section 7.5
Wednesday 12/1 Class canceled
Homework 6 due
34 Friday 12/3 Thomae’s function and integrability
Sections 7.6 and 4.1
35 Monday 12/6 Lebesgue’s theorem on Riemann-integrability
Section 7.6
Wednesday 12/8 Quiz 6 (and last day of class)


Abbott’s Understanding Analysis, 2th edition.

Course content

Advanced treatment of limits, differentiation, integration and series.

In addition to mastery of the course content, course objectives include reading, writing, and discovering proofs and constructing proofs and counterexamples in analysis.

Expectations and grading rubric

Work submitted for a grade in this course will be graded in a most rigorous fashion, and thusly, such work should have a good deal of thought and care put into it.

Most of the work required in this course will consist of writing proofs. These proofs will be assigned scores of 0–4 points based on the following guidelines.

0 points.
The work contains no original steps toward a correct solution. This includes work that simply consists of relevant definitions or theorems without interpretation.
1 point.
The work contains some original steps toward a correct solution but does not contain a workable outline of the full solution. This grade is also used if the student has misunderstood the question or made an unwarranted simplifying assumption that makes the problem trivial.
2 points.
The work contains an outline of a correct solution and several steps toward this solution. However, the writing may be unclear, or there may be holes in the argument.
3 points.
The work is resembles a full, complete proof, but it has some serious deficiencies. These may include incomplete sentences, abbreviating words with logical symbols such as those for “for all” or “implies”, imprecise definitions, or overlooking trivial cases. In general this grade is reserved for work which would receive 4 points with minor revision.
4 points.
The work consists of a full, complete proof and is reasonably well written in complete sentences, without logical symbols. There may be minor typos or clumsy writing that could be improved, but no important steps of the solution are omitted or incorrect.


There will be 6 quizzes and 6 homework assignments throughout the semester, as indicated in the schedule.

Quizzes and homework will be collected online, via Canvas. Both are open-book and open-note. Late assignments will not be accepted except by prior agreement.

All assignments will count equally toward your grade.

Final letter grades will be assigned on a curve, which will be no tougher than the 10-point scale: 90%–100% will be some form of A, 80–90% will be at least some form of B, etc.

If you have a disagreement with the grading of one of your solutions, I ask that you submit a written request for reconsideration within one month.

Grading will be in accordance with the UF policy stated at

Honor code

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” The Honor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor.

Class attendance

Attendance is strongly encouraged but is not a component of grades.

Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at

Accommodations for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

Online evaluations

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at


The official UF policy for filing a complaint about the course may be found here.

Counseling and wellness center, 392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

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In-class recording

Students are allowed to record video or audio of class lectures. However, the purposes for which these recordings may be used are strictly controlled. The only allowable purposes are (1) for personal educational use, (2) in connection with a complaint to the university, or (3) as evidence in, or in preparation for, a criminal or civil proceeding. All other purposes are prohibited. Specifically, students may not publish recorded lectures without the written consent of the instructor.

A “class lecture” is an educational presentation intended to inform or teach enrolled students about a particular subject, including any instructor-led discussions that form part of the presentation, and delivered by any instructor hired or appointed by the University, or by a guest instructor, as part of a University of Florida course. A class lecture does not include lab sessions, student presentations, clinical presentations such as patient history, academic exercises involving solely student participation, assessments (quizzes, tests, exams), field trips, private conversations between students in the class or between a student and the faculty or lecturer during a class session.

Publication without permission of the instructor is prohibited. To “publish” means to share, transmit, circulate, distribute, or provide access to a recording, regardless of format or medium, to another person (or persons), including but not limited to another student within the same class section. Additionally, a recording, or transcript of a recording, is considered published if it is posted on or uploaded to, in whole or in part, any media platform, including but not limited to social media, book, magazine, newspaper, leaflet, or third party note/tutoring services. A student who publishes a recording without written consent may be subject to a civil cause of action instituted by a person injured by the publication and/or discipline under UF Regulation 4.040 Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code.