Math 251 A/B
Discrete Mathematics
Fall, 2019

Syllabus


Course overview.  Our text is Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, 7th Ed. by Kenneth H. Rosen. We will cover

Student learning goals.  Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

My expectations of students.  As a student in this course, you are expected to

Grade Calculations.  Your grade will be determined as a weighted average with the following weights

Online hW (WebWork)     5%
Written HW     11%
Exams 54%
Final Exam 30%

Exams.  There will be 3 exams given during the term. The dates are Oct. 9, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. It is expected that you take each exam in class on these dates. Exams may not be taken early. If extreme extenuating circumstances arise, contact me as soon as possible, and we will discuss options for taking the test apart from the rest of the class. (Cheap airfares, early departures for vacations, and the like, are not considered valid excuses.) The final exam is cumulative, and will occur on the date/time posted here for your section. Be sure to arrange your schedule so as to be available. No electronic devices (including calculators) are allowed for exams. Your work on an exam is to be done entirely by you, in real-time without unauthorized prior knowledge of exam content, and without the use of unauthorized notes or collaboration (voluntary or involuntary). Violations of this policy (cheating!) will result in a score of zero on the exam in the first instance, and a failing grade in the course for a repeat offender.

Homework.  Formal homework assignments will include problems of two varieties, ones delivered and answered online via WebWork, and ones, usually taken from the textbook, which are to be written up. Links to assignments are found on the class calendar. You should monitor this calendar closely, as it changes regularly, keep on top of these formal assignments, and do your work on time.

Informally, your homework includes all relevant exercises in sections treated from the textbook. Seek to become as knowledgeable as you can in these topics, and as your expertise grows you will feel correspondingly less concerned over your letter grade.

Contacting me.   My office is NH 281. If you are having trouble in the course — if you do not understand something important or have some special circumstance that impedes your performance — see me about it right away! Do not put things off. The hours I am intentionally in my office for meeting with students are posted on the class webpage, as they are subject to change during the semester. If we cannot connect at one of these times, feel free to talk with me about an appointed time to meet, or swing by my office and see if I am available to help.

I may be reached by phone at x66856, but a better way to reach me for a non-technical question is by email. If you require my approval for something, do not consider having left a message for me as equivalent to having obtained that approval.

Accommodations.   Reasonable academic accomodations will be made for individuals with documented disabilities. Any student who this concerns should notify one of the coordinators for services for students with disabilities in the Center for Student Success, Spoelhof College Center 360. That student should also meet with me during the first two weeks of the semester to discuss academic accomodations.

Exceptions.   I reserve the right to make changes or exceptions to course policies — including those described in this document — either for the entire class or for specific individuals. The ultimate goal in this course is learning, and formal requirements should not unnecessarily stand in the way of that. Thus, if you think that any of the conditions of the course are interfering with learning, please speak with me about this, and we will see what can be done.


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