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Discrete Mathematics: Syllabus for Fall 2015


We will use the manuscript Discrete Mathematics (and Other Stuff) by Prof. John M. Krussel of Lewis and Clark College; it is available in our college bookstore. Do note that some of the course content will not be directly based on the textbook material. At times, you will be expected to rely on your lecture notes.

Most lectures will be followed by a homework assignment, which will be posted online. Generally speaking, homework assigned on Monday and Tuesday will be due the following Thursday while the homework assigned on Thursday and Friday will be due the following Monday. Assignment which would be due on the Thanksgiving Day will in fact be due the following Monday. Each homework assignment will contribute to the course grade through the letter grade for the relevant educational goal (please follow this link for details).

Late or missed assignments
I understand that you might find yourself in a situation where you cannot complete a homework assignment on time. You will nevertheless be expected to turn in what you have by the due date and immediately inform me about your situation. Assuming you are making a good faith effort to stay current in the class, you will be given an opportunity to make up an incomplete assignment.

Exams and such
There will be two in-class exams, one quiz, and a comprehensive final exam, each of which will contribute to the course grade through the letter grade for the relevant educational goal (please follow this link for details). In-class exams will take place on Tuesday, October 6th and Friday, November 13th; the quiz will be on Monday, December 7th.

In the spirit of good liberal arts education and the fourth educational goal for this class (please follow this link for details) students will be expected to develop an ability to discuss the practice of mathematics in non-technical terms. In relation to this, the students will be given a brief essay assignment at the end of the course. The essay will be due on our last day of class; late essays will only be accepted in the case of medical emergency or the like. More or less, the essay will be worth 5% of the course grade. (See below for details.)

Grading scheme
For each rubric under Educational Goals you will receive a letter grade determined by your performance on the corresponding portion(s) of exams/quizzes, homework assignments and/or the essay. In addition, a certain portion of your grade will correspond to the effort you put into participating and staying current in the class; students with a substantial number of class absences and/or late assignments can expect a slightly lowered course grade. The final course grade will be a weighted average of the above:

    Goal 1: 35%
    Goal 2: 35%
    Goal 3: 20%
    Goal 4: 5%
    Participation: 5%

For the description of letter grades please refer to our College Catalog. Please note that a professor has a right to withdraw a student for the reasons of non-attendence. I reserve the right to fail any student who exhibits an extreme inability to construct a logical argument on the final exam. I also reserve the right to boost the course grade of any student who presents an impressive amount of progress throughout the semester.