Fall 2006 Discrete Mathematics Math 145
Instructor Niloufer Mackey
Office. 6618 Everett; Phone 269.387.4594.
Office Hours M, F 11 - noon; T, R noon - 1pm.
Other times by appointment. Right before class is definitely not a good time to see me.
Class Time. MWF 1 - 1:50pm, Rood 3393.
Prerequisite. Math 1220 or Math 1700 (Calculus I) and an introductory computer programming course wih a grade of C or better..
Text. Discrete Mathematics, Dossey, Otto, Spence, Vanden Eynden, 5th ed., Addison Wesley, 2006. Please bring this text with you to every class.

*Syllabus: Chapter 1, Appendix, Chapter 2 (Section 1 - 6), Chapter 8 (Sections 1 - 5), Chapter 9 (Sections 1 - 4), Chapter 4 (Sections 1 - 3), Chapter 5 (Sections 1 - 3).

*Reading: I will try to post reading assignments on a regular basis. It is important to come to class having prepared the reading assignments. Read the text with care. Building your technical reading and writing skills is a very important part of your education.

*Homework will be regularly assigned, but not collected. It is vitally important to do your homework regularly. Keep a separate homework notebook. Your solutions must include reasoning. Form study groups, come to office hours for help.

*Quizzes will be held every Friday during the last 10 minutes of class, except on those days when an exam is scheduled. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. No make-up quizzes will be given.

*Exams:   Three in-class exams will be conducted on Sept 29, Oct 27, Nov 20. These dates may change slightly. A cumulative Final will be held Dec 12, 2:45 - 4:45pm. Make-up exams will be permitted only in those cases when a student documents a genuine medical or personal emergency.

*Calculators:   Quizzes and Exams are ``closed book'', but calculators are allowed, and in some cases may be required. Keep in mind that you are graded on reasoning and methods, not on numerical answers. A right answer without supporting reasoning or by an invalid method is worth no credit.

*Evaluation: Quizzes:  20%      Exams: 54% (18% each)      Final: 26%
An approximate grading scale is given below:


*Important Dates: 
          Sept 11: Last Day to Drop/Add
          Nov 6:  Last day to Withdraw
          Nov 22(noon) through Nov 26: Thanksgiving Recess
          Dec 7:  Last day of instruction (for this class)

*Academic Integrity:  You are responsible for making yourself aware of and understanding the policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 278-280) Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing.

* Incompletes: Departmental rules will be followed regarding ``I'' (Incomplete) grades. An ``I'' grade may be assigned only when circumstances beyond the student's control prevent completion of a small segment of the course. Incompletes may not be granted under any circumstances when a student is doing unsatisfactory work; such students are advised to withdraw from the course.

*University e-mail policy:   The only email address to be used for communication between WMU students and WMU faculty and staff is the email address associated with a BroncoNet ID.  This email address typically takes the form


Students cannot automatically forward email from this address to other addresses.  Students can access this email account or get instructions for obtaining a BroncoNet ID at GoWMU.wmich.edu.

Niloufer Mackey
Last modified: Wed Sep 20 16:11:03 EDT 2006

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