Math 216 Discrete Mathematics - Syllabus

January 9, 2012

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

**Email:
**pelusoem@lycoming.edu

**Office hours:** See www.lycoming.edu/~pelusoem.

**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 students’ 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 http://www.lycoming.edu/aboutLycoming/mission.aspx).

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

**Grading:**

· 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

**Remarks:**

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.

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.