TITLE: Honors Discrete Mathematics

CLASS TIME and ROOM: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00-12:20pm; Room AD 204

TEXT: A Walk Through Combinatorics Miklós Bóna, World Scientific (2006)

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 162 MSC & 6-8028

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Mondays: 10:00-11:00am.
Tuesdays: 12:00pm-2:00pm.
others by appt.

PREREQUISITES: MAC 1105 or higher.

SATISFIES: Gordon Rule-mathematics, computational.

CONTENT: The course description from the Course Catalog follows. A proof-oriented approach to and applications of propositional logic, sets, functions, relations, combinatorics, graphs and trees.

The book gives a very nice treatment ofn the topics of combinatorics, mathematical induction, graphs and trees. I will be supplying supplemental material on logic, sets, functions, and relations.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be mostly run in a lecture style format although the instructor encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. A detailed list will be kept on Blackboard and my webpage. Though the homework will only occassionally be collected and graded (if at all), the student is expected to do all the problems as this will aid in the student's understanding of the material.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. All exams will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I and only I have the right to agree to giving a makeup exam.

GRADING: There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination. The exams will take place during the regurlarly scheduled class time on the following dates:

Date Day Event
October 11th Monday Mid-term Examination
December 8th Wednesday Final Exam 10:30am-1:00pm
Each exam will be cummulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered on the exams.

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through the exams, extra-credit problems, and class participation. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking an exam, an unsatisfactory attendance record, and not being prepared for class discussions. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-90% B, 70%-80% C, 60%-70% D, below 60% F.
I will use blackboard to post scores, but Blackboard is not the official gradebook for the course.

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.