More specifically, the course will cover these topics:
BookThe course textbook is Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications
By Kenneth H. Rosen
Published by McGraw Hill..
We are using the 7th edition. This is important for correctly identifying homework problems.
The book will be primarily used as a source for homework problems, but it also serves as a useful reference to compliment the content in the online video lectures, which are the primary source of content for the course.
QuestQuest is an online tool designed to provide online lectures, and assessment via short quizzes taken after watching the video lectures. You will be required to watch the posted lectures and take the associated quizzes before nearly every class. You should be able to answer the quiz questions based solely on the lecture content. You will also be expected to come to class with knowledge of the lecture content, so that we can use the class time to work on solving problems. Though some lecturing will occur in class, most of the time will be spent working problems in groups. If you have questions about the video lectures, come to class prepared to ask them.
Use of Quest requires payment of a small fee. Be sure to pay this fee in a timely manner, or your access to course content will be blocked.
PiazzaWe will use Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates and the teaching staff. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, I encourage you to post your questions on Piazza. If you are struggling, then you should be asking questions. If you are understanding things just fine, then you should be helping others. Find our class page here.
All grades will be accessible via Blackboard. Your final grade will be computed as follows:
Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Be prepared to turn in homework as you walk into the classroom. Assignments turned in during the class will still be accepted at a penalty: 10% of the points earned will be deducted. Homework assignments will NOT be accepted after the class in which they are due. Attend class on time and turn in your assignments on time if you want to get credit.
Additionally, homework assignments will be returned in discussion sections. If you miss discussion sections, you will need to pick up your graded homework from TAs or proctors in office hours, at which point it will be your responsibility to find out which member of the teaching staff is actually holding on to your graded assignment.
Lastly, homework solutions will be covered in discussion sections, and occasionally in class. Print-outs with answers will not be given. If you miss the class or discussion section where answers are covered, it is your responsibility to visit a member of the teaching staff during office hours to find out the solutions to any problems you missed.
Surprise quizzes can be given unannounced either during class or in discussion sections, which is yet another reason to attend both on time. These quizzes may be challenging, but will usually be based on something we have recently covered in class, or in a video module. You should attend class able to recreate the proofs that you have seen in the video modules.
No late or makeup quizzes will be given. However, if you have a valid justification for missing class that day, we will arrange for missed quiz grades to be replaced by a re-scaled exam score. The details of how this is done are up to our discretion. For a surprise medical emergency, a doctor's note or other form of proof is needed. For any planned absence, you must notify the teaching staff at least a week in advance. If you don't bother telling us about your planned absence until after you find out you missed a quiz, then you will receive a zero on that quiz. The rules for justified quizz absences are the same as for exam absences, which are explained next.
A missed test without a verifiable emergency, medical issue, religious observance, or participation in a varsity sporting event provided to the instructor will count as a zero. Emergency excuses can be provided after the test. All other excuses must be provided one week before the test, in which case a special test session will be scheduled for you. For exams, emergency situations may result in a makeup test, or in having your final exam grade as your missed exam grade, at the discretion of the instructor. A missed final exam with an emergency excuse will require a makeup test.
As with homework assignments, tests will be returned in discussion sections, and solutions will be covered in discussion sections. If you do not attend the discussion section when your test is returned, then you must find out which member of the teaching staff has your graded test and pick it up in office hours.
You must view each Quest Module and complete the associated quiz before the deadline listed in Quest (generally by noon on the day we will cover the material in class). You can view the modules and take the quizzes as soon as they are posted if you prefer to work ahead. Once the due deadline for the module quiz has passed, you will be able to return to Quest and review your answers, with additional commentary provided to explain the answers.
Take the quizzes seriously. Your 3 lowest quiz grades will be dropped.
In order for this grading system to work fairly for everyone, we need a few additional ground rules:
However, you may work in groups of up to three on the homework, but you must write up the solutions to the homeworks yourself. Despite this, students may not acquire from any other source (e.g. book, or an internet site) a partial or complete solution to a problem that has been assigned.