Math 216 Discrete Mathematics - Syllabus

January 9, 2012


Instructor:Eileen M. Peluso, D325 Academic Center, (570) 321-4135


Office hours: See


Objective:Introduce students to discrete mathematical structures including formal logic, proof by mathematical induction, sequences, sums, products, set theory, counting and probability, functions including recursive functions, regular expressions, and finite-state automata.Application of these structures to computer systems will be incorporated.


Course material covers important departmental learning goals: assessing the probability of a simple random event and solving mathematical problems using technology.


Furthermore, a goal of this is course is to improve studentsí computational thinking skills defined as a combination of abstract, algorithmic and critical thinking and to prepare students for further work in the scientific traditions that require the application of computational fundamentals in problem-solving, all in support of the Lycoming College mission (see full statement on the college web site at


Text: Susanna S. Epp, Discrete Mathematics with Applications, 3rd edition, Brooks/Cole-Thomson Learning, 2004.



         Exams (3): 70%(tentatively scheduled for Feb. 3, Feb 29, and Mar 30)

         See the remarks below regarding the inclusion of homework grades on exams

         Preparation, participation, and attendance: 10%

         Final: 20% (The comprehensive final exam will be given during the exam week at the scheduled time only.)


Grade scale: If you earn the following average, you will receive at least the grade indicated.

         93.0 or above ††††† A

         90.0 to 92.99††††††† A-

         87.0 to 89.99††††††† B+

         83.0 to 86.99††††††† B

         80.0 to 82.99††††††† B-

         77.0 to 79.99††††††† C+

         73.0 to 76.99††††††† C

         70.0 to 72.99††††††† C-

         67.0 to 69.99††††††† D+

         63.0 to 66.99††††††† D

         60.0 to 62.99††††††† D-

         59.99 or below†††† F



1.       Any potential conflicts with the above test dates (for example, due to scheduled college athletic events) should be resolved within the first two weeks of the semester.Otherwise, students will not be excused from exams unless

         they are ill and have been to the infirmary or have seen a doctor, or

         they have an emergency situation and have received exemption from the dean.

It is wise to contact me before missing an exam. Any tests missed will result in a grade of zero unless arrangements for a make-up are made within 48 hours.


2.       Students are expected to attend class and to be on time.Attendance signature sheets will be circulated at the beginning of each class period.It is the student's responsibility to make sure that they have signed the day's attendance sheet.It is also the student's responsibility to obtain details about any missed work, homework assignments, announcements, and any information disseminated during the missed classes.A student who misses submitting more than 10 homework assignments over the course of the semester will automatically fail the course.

3.       Reading assignments are given on a daily basis.See the attached term planner.All reading assignments are to be completed before coming to class.Class time will NOT consist of lectures that repeat the presentation in the text, but rather on problems exercising the material.Students are however encouraged to bring questions to class on those portions of the reading that they find unclear. The reading material covered for any given day will constitute the basis of the written homework assignment due (usually) the subsequent class day.


4.       Written homework assignments will generally be made on a daily basis and are due at the beginning of the first class after the day assigned, unless otherwise indicated.Each written homework will be graded on a 10 point scale and returned.Points from homework assignments leading up to each exam are added, up to a maximum total of 50.Completing all homework is strongly encouraged, even though no more than 50 points can be earned leading up to each exam.No points are ever given for late homework for any reason unless arrangements are made with a Dean of the College.Students who miss submitting an assignment on time can still earn the maximum 50 points leading up to the exam, if no more than 2 or 3 other homework assignments are missed.


5.       Semester exams will each be valued at 200 points:150 for the problems completed on the in-class exam and up to 50 points from homework submissions.


6.       The final letter grade will be determined by the final numerical grade using the above conversion guide. The grade for preparation, participation, and attendance includes attendance and participation (obviously) as well as taking the readings seriously in order to be involved fully in the class discussions.It is not expected that students will have the right answers to all questions and board work.


7.       Academic dishonesty is not allowed.Do not discuss contents of exams with anyone other than the instructor until the last person has taken the exam.To protect yourself, check with the instructor before discussing test questions with anyone.


Written assignments are to be completed individually by each student.However, discussions with your professor and other students about coursework, including homework assignments, are encouraged.There is a fine line between the two.Check if you are not sure that what you are doing is acceptable. However, as a general rule of thumb: The difference between sharing ideas and plagiarism will be determined by the instructor as follows: if you cannot discuss, expound upon, justify, and modify what you have written, then you have plagiarized.


8.       We are in the process of arranging for a tutor for this course.Details will be provided when they are available.