This is also important to others in the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University as is shown the following two paragraphs, which are based on a document developed by the Department of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University for use in the Writing Center at the university.

At the risk of oversimplification, doing mathematics has two
distinct stages. The first stage is to
convince yourself that you have solved the problem or proved a conjecture. This stage is a creative one and is quite
often how mathematics is actually done.
The second equally important stage is to convince other people that you
have solved the problem or proved the conjecture. This second stage often has little in common
with the first stage in the sense that it does not really communicate the
process by which you solved the problem or proved the conjecture. However, it is an important part of the
process of communicating mathematical results to a wider audience.

It should be clear from this that we consider writing to be an important part of the mathematical process. This is one reason the title of our introduction to proofs course is "Communicating in Mathematics." Issues dealing with the writing of mathematical proofs are addressed throughout the course. This was also one of the reasons that I wrote the book

*. As I search the Internet now, it is great to find many documents dealing with the writing of proofs in mathematics course. The Department of Mathematics at GVSU has also developed such a document, which can be accessed at this link. Because of such documents, I am sure that having a textbook dealing with these issues is not as important as it used to be. However, I still like the idea of having a text that supports what I try to have my students learn.*

**Mathematical Reasoning: Writing and Proof**Feel free to make comments describing what you feel should be part of the writing guidelines for the introduction to proofs course. One nice things about having an open-access text is that I can include revisions much more quickly than I could before.

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