Math 7311

Real Analysis -I

M-WF: 11:30-12:20 113 Lockett

Book: Measure and Integration, A concise Introduction to Real Analysis, by L. F. Richardson. An errata and addendum can be found here

INSTRUCTOR Gestur Olafsson
Office 322 Lockett
Office Hours Monday: 10:30-11:30 pm, Wednesday 12:30-1:30 pm, and by request. Please email me in case you would like to meet outside the office hours
Phone 578-1608 and 225-337-2206 (cell)
e-mail olafsson"at"math"dot"lsu"dot"edu
Optional Problem Session Wednesday at 4:30-5:30 in 244 Lockett Hall. We will discuss some of the homworks and students can ask questions concerning material from the course. We expect that students actively participate in the discussion and by showing their solution on the black/white-board.
Grader The grader for this course is Luyao Zhang. Her office is Lockett 353. Her office hours are Wednesday 3:30-4:30 and Friday 12:30-1:30.

Important Dates:

  1. Monday, August 20: Classes starts.
  2. Monday, September 3: Labour day, no classes.
  3. Wednesday, October 10: Midterm exam in class.
  4. Note: Fall break has been cancelled, there is class on Friday, Oct. 19.
  5. Wednesday, November 21: Thanksgiving holidays begins 12:30 pm.
  6. Friday, November 30: Last class.
  7. Classes end on December 4.
  8. Thursday, December 6, 10:00-Noon: Final exam.


Advanced Calculus (undergraduate analysis), such as Math 4031 and 4032, and/or Math 4035, or by permission of the Department and/or the instructor..

Assignments, Tests, and Grades

Problems, usually about four or five, will be collected collected approximately once per week. Most of the time the problems will be distributed on Monday. Due day is then Monday one week later. These assignments will collectively be the main basis for your final grade. Students can ask questions concerning the problems during the extra hour each Wednesday. Such questions will not be answered during th normal course hours! Students are allowed, and in fact encouraged to discuss the problems. But you have to turn in your own solutions.

There will be a Mid-term Exam and a Final Exam. These tests may include any question (or variation thereupon) in a covered section of the text, whether the exercise was collected for homework or not. As with Qualifying Exams, no books or notes may be used during the test. The midterm will be one hour and take place during usual course hour.

As for the Comprehensive Exams, I will not give a strict rule how I calculate the final grade. The grade A will indicate that you are well qualified for a PhD study in mathematics. Most weight will be put on the homework and you will need about 75 %. to get an A in the class and 60% for a B. Similar for the tests. A and B are the only satisfactory grades for graduate students.