Discrete Math I, MAT 251, Spring 2007

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 251, section 001, meeting MW from 10:00am -- 11:15am in WRI-C151. My name is Dr. Arthur Baragar. My office is CBC-B 308 and I can be reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be posted on WebCampus.  This course has a corequisite of MATH 182.  

Text: Edward. Scheinerman, Mathematics, A Discrete Introduction, second edition, Brooks Cole Publishing, 2006.

Syllabus:  The main point of this course is to learn how to write proofs -- to learn how to think and write clearly.  The vehicle for this training process is discrete mathematics.  From the text, we will cover roughly chapters 1 through 25 (each chapter is more or less a lecture).  

Grading Scheme: The grading in this course is as follows: Exams may or may not have a take home component.  The take home components (if any) are due the following Monday at the beginning of class.  There is no preset correlation between numerical grades and your final letter grade. A letter grade (without + or -) will be included with the return of each exam and will cover all exams up to then.  Late homework will be accepted, but there is a penalty (to be explained as needed). Current grades will be posted on WebCampus after every exam.   The uncommitted points are to allow flexibility throughout the course to have quizzes or some other type of evaluation.  Roughly each month, 5% will be committed.  If I find no need for additional testing, the 5% for that month will go to that month's exam. 

Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me during the office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. If there is no one in my office during the last half-hour of the office hour, I will feel free to leave, so please arrive early. Office hours begin the second week of classes.

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UNLV Home Page * Arthur Baragar's Home Page
URL: http://www.nevada.edu/~baragar/courses/MAT251s07.html
e-mail: baragar@unlv.nevada.edu