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||A willingness to tackle nonroutine problems
With few exceptions, you will have two assignments due each day:
A reading covering the material to be discussed during that class period. For each reading assignment, you are to read the section carefully, identifying the main concepts and questions you may have. Your reading assignment is a very important part of your work in this class, and you will have Moodle quizzes over many of the reading assignments. They do count toward your grade.
A writing assignment based on the material discussed in the previous class as well as often some preview problems from the next sections and possibly some review problems from previous sections. This assignment should be done in draft form by the next class day to allow for a small amount of explication in class. The final form of each assignment is due on the second class day after it is assigned. You are encouraged to work with other class members to do your homework assignments. The writing assignments will count toward your final grade in the course.
No late homework will be accepted, but 3 writing homework scores and 3 Moodle quiz scores will be dropped.
You will work in pairs for
this part of the class. Each pair of students is
responsible for making a 30 minute presentation to the class during the
last half of the class. Your presentation should not be at the
``theorem-proof'' level of mathematics. Instead, it should show
application of discrete mathematics, to another discipline or to some
interesting problems. Your presentation should involve some
by the rest of the class. Here are some possibilities. Other ideas will be provided after we get into the class material.
|Components:||Points Possible:||Total Points Earned as % of Possible||Minimum Grade You Will Earn|
|Homework, Labs and Moodle Quizzes||100-150 points||90%||A-|
|2 Tests||200 points||65%||C-|
|Total Possible||500-550 points||
Hints for Success:
Reading the material carefully before it is covered in class is a big step toward success in any math course. Successful students typically outline or otherwise summarize the material briefly in their notebook and highlight questions to bring to class. A great way to become familiar with concepts and techniques is to work each of the examples. (This means work on paper -- don't just read and nod.)
Be sure to work lots of problems -- they are fun!
Make sure that you begin the assigned homework as soon as possible
after it is assigned and bring a nearly complete homework paper to the
following class so that you can get the most out of any homework
discussion in class. Be sure to make connections in your mind between
discrete concepts and the other mathematics that you have studied.
If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. Additionally, you will need to register with Student Disability Services located at the Academic Support Center. All such discussions will be confident