(Latest Revision -- August 22, 2016)
(2016/08/22: corrected typo in date of first office hour)
(2016/08/21: Initial version)
Course Description
for Discrete Structures: MATH 2300
TERM: Fall 2016
CLASS CODES:
41297 MATH 2300, Section 001,
Discrete Structures Lec 3.0 MWR 2:00-2:50
P-102
INSTRUCTOR: John Sarraillé, Professor of Computer Science
OFFICE:
P-286,
Professional Schools Building (aka: Demergasso-Bava Hall), Cal State Stanislaus
OFFICE HOURS:
- Mondays 15:00-16:00 (3-4 p.m.)
- Tuesdays 12:30-13:30 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)
- Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 (11-12 noon)
- Thursdays 10:00-11:00 (10-11 a.m.)
- Fridays 13:00-14:00 (1-2 p.m.)
- or ask me for an appointment at a time that works for you
(The first day of scheduled office hours is Wednesday, August 24, 2016, and
the last is Monday, December 12, 2016.)
E-MAIL:
john@ishi.csustan.edu
HOMEPAGE:
http://www.cs.csustan.edu/~john/js.html
PREREQUISITES:
You have to be adequately prepared to take the course. Check with me if you
have not passed, with a grade of C- or better,
- MATH 1100, OR
- both MATH 1070 and MATH 1080.
COURSE COVERAGE & OBJECTIVES:
Familiarization with discrete mathematical structures and their application in computer science: variables, sets, relations, functions, logic, mathematical proof, sequences, induction, recurrence relations, Boolean algebra, equivalence relations.
REQUIRED TEXT:
NETWORK AVAILABILITY OF COURSE MATERIALS:
Course documents, assignments, supplements, and so on will be available in
the class web space:
http://www.cs.csustan.edu/~john/Classes/MA2300/
BASIC SCHEDULE INFO:
Class meets MWR from 14:00 to 14:50 (2:00 p.m. to 2:50).
I expect you to attend all classes and to keep current with the readings,
lectures, and exercises.
TIME COMMITMENT:
For each hour of in-class time, expect you will have to do about two to three additional hours of work for this class. So, in a week with 2.5 hours of in-class time, you might spend up to about 7.5 hours on additional work. If you don't have that much time available, you should take fewer units.
TESTS & GRADING:
- Homework (frequent - some HW will be due on most class days) - 25%
- Quizzes (two or more) - 50%
- Comprehensive Final Exam - 25%
Scoring Exception: A student who gets a failing average on tests (quizzes + final) gets a failing course grade, no matter what the homework scores are. I will use the 25-50-25 weights indicated above if the student has a passing test average.
HOMEWORK:
- You'll have to work a lot of homework problems to learn what you need
to learn.
- I require you to give me your homework at the beginning of class on
the due date.
- You must neatly and clearly hand print and/or machine print your homework
on
8½-inch by 11-inch paper
The paper must have no ragged edges. We want all the sheets of paper
we get from all the students to be neatly cut to the same dimensions.
- On the top right of each page, put your name, the course number
(Math 2300), the section number, and the page number.
- Neatly staple the pages together at the upper left corner,
at a 45-degree angle, slanting like this /
(NOT slanting like this \ ).
- I will not accept or give you any credit for late homework.
It is late if you don't give it to me at the start of class on the due date.
- Most of the homework problems I assign will be from the textbook, but I may give you
some other kinds of assignments, some possibly involving programming.
- Hint: Most homework problems apply to a specific section in the text book.
It may be helpful if you try to work each problem immediately after
you read the material in the text to which the problem pertains.
Academic Honesty: The work you do for this course must be exclusively your own work, except where I give specific instructions otherwise. If you violate that rule, you are attacking the integrity and the core values of our educational system. If you are caught cheating, expect to be dealt with to the full extent allowed under University policy.