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CSC 133 Discrete Mathematical Structures Syllabus - Spring 2014


Section 001: TR 9:30 - 10:45 CI 1012  

Instructor

Jack Tompkins
E-mail: tompkinsj@uncw.edu
Office CI 2034, Hours*: M 10:00 - 10:30 am,  T, R 10:45 am - 12:15 pm,  W 2:00 - 2:50 pm  
*Students are welcome to ask questions any time my door is open and may schedule appointments outside office hours. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Shivani Bhardwaj, Office: CI 2055, Hours: M 11:00 -am -  1:00 pm and  2:30 - 4:30 pm,  T  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Introduction: Welcome to CSC 133, a course in discrete structures with an emphasis on applications to computer science. Prerequisite: MAT 111 or MAT 115 or equivalent. Introduction to discrete mathematics applicable to computer science. Propositional and predicate logic, basic proof techniques, set algebra and Boolean algebra, recursion and induction, and introductory graphs and combinatorics. Three lecture hours each week. Satisfies University Studies I: Foundations/Mathematics and Statistics. Satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Quantitative and Logical Reasoning.
While the list price is very high, this text can be purchased for as little as $29.50 net using buyback.

Text: Discrete Mathematics with Applications, 4th Edition, Susanna S. Epp - DePaul University, ISBN-10: 0495391328  ISBN-13: 9780495391326 , 984 Pages  CB, 2011.  Companion website.

Mathematical Conventions / Mathematical Induction Formats
Proof Tips / Find the Mistake / Find the Mistake solutions

Graded Work: There will be two tests each counting 1/6. There will be quizzes covering assigned homework and lecture material. Quiz grades will be averaged with collected homework and count 1/3. Your lowest quiz grade is dropped. The final examination (a comprehensive exam) counts 1/3. The final may also be used to replace your lowest test grade if the final is higher than your lowest test grade. Blackboard Learn is the website used to distribute the majority of the quizzes and exams. Best viewed using Firefox - learn.uncw.edu

Grading Scale:

90 - 100 A

80 - 90 B

70 - 80 C

60 - 70 D

When the distribution of course grades suggests that a borderline grade might be raised to the next higher level, we consider such factors as attendance and improvement.

Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register with the Office of Disability Services in Westside Hall and obtain a copy of your Accommodation Letter. You should then meet with your instructor to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accommodation Letter.

Study Strategies: We will be learning how to think about a problem and how to apply new concepts. This process takes time and works best if spaced out over short periods. To afford yourself the best opportunity for this process to be successful you have to keep up on a daily basis. Cramming does not work. We are not merely memorizing facts that can be easily applied the next morning during an exam. Each concept must be handled in your mind, manipulated, and finally placed in proper context with the many other concepts. You will discover that many of these concepts are in fact identical or nearly so. Tools we master for one application will serve us well in the next.

  1. Work together, form groups. Studies have shown that group study results in a full grade higher average. The library reserves study rooms for groups. I will post your group study times and locations on the web if a group representative so requests.
  2. Make class. Don't miss any assignments or quizzes so as to take full advantage of the "drop your lowest homework/quiz grade" policy. The final replaces your lowest test grade, not your homework/quiz grade.
  3. Do some discrete mathematics work almost every day. You should plan on at least 6 hours of study time outside class per week. Read over your course notes and fill in gaps soon after class so your notes will be useful in later study.
  4. Read the text with pencil and paper beside you, and use them. Just watching a lecture or skimming the book will not get you to understand discrete mathematics.
  5. It's not enough to just do the homework. Ask yourself whether you could do other problems. Test yourself by recalling definitions and by doing additional problems.
  6. In class, if you have a question, ask. It is likely that others have the same question. As you study make notes of concepts you don't understand so you can ask in class or see me. For short questions, e-mail is a good choice.
  7. If you need help, see me or our TA. Don't let yourself fall behind.
  8. Look back: how did I solve this problem, what can be learned from the mistake, or what other strategy could also have been effective in solving this problem?

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