INFS 501 Syllabus & Assignments: Fall 2011

This syllabus is updated weekly at http://mymason.gmu.edu after class.

Instructor:    William D. Ellis                       E-mail: wellis1@gmu.edu

Office Hours:  By appt. (usually Wed. 5-6 pm) Room 5323, Engineering Building

Web Site:      Syllabus updates, sample problems & solutions, lecture notes etc. are posted weekly at http://mymason.gmu.edu .

Schedule:      14 Classes, Wednesdays, 7:20 - 10:00 pm, Art & Design Bldg 2003

8/31/2011 – 12/7/2011 , except no class 11/23/2011

Final Exam on Wednesday 12/14/2011, 7:30 - 10:15 pm.

Prerequisite:  “Completion of 6 hours of undergraduate mathematics.” As a practical matter, you need a working knowledge of algebra, including the laws of exponents. Several free tutorials may be found on the Internet. The textbook’s Appendix pages A1-A3 (what could be numbered pages 821-823) are helpful, too.

Topics:        We will follow the textbook in this order: Chapters 5, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 2, and 9. Note there is a glossary of symbols inside the front and back covers. We will focus on problem solving, using fundamental definitions, theorems, and algorithms.

Textbook:      Discrete Mathematics with Applications, 4th ed. (8/4/2010) By Susanna S. Epp, ISBN-10: 0495391328; ISBN-13: 978-0495391326. Copies of the 3rd & 4th editions are on 2-hour reserve at the Johnson Center Library. (The small discussion of the Chinese Remainder Theorem in the 3rd edition was omitted in the 4th edition - gasp!) Give the call number QA 39.3 .E65 2011. The book is reserved under the librarian’s name: Theresa Calcagno.

Calculator:    You will need a calculator capable of raising numbers to powers. Really! No cell-phone calculators or calculator-sharing during exams will be allowed.

Exams:         We will have: (i) 2 Quizzes, (ii) 2 Hour Exams, and (iii) a comprehensive Final Exam (Wednesday May 11, 2011). Quizzes will be “closed book,” Exams will be “open book & notes.” Exams and Quizzes will be given only one time - no makeup exams. During exams and quizzes, students should use available classroom space & should avoid sitting close together.

2 Hour Exams: 40% of the final grade (20% each)

Homework and Quizzes together: remaining 15% of final grade.

Help:          Questions? Send me an e-mail! If you e-mail anything more than simple text, please send a pdf.

Homework:      Homework assignments will always be on the Syllabus. The Syllabus will be updated each week after class. See courses.gmu.edu. Homework will never be accepted late. Of the 13 Homework assignments, only the 12 with the highest percentage scores will be counted toward your grade.

Honor Code:    Honor Code violations will be reported to the Honor Committee.

Tentative Schedule: Exam and Quiz Dates Are Subject to Change

 Class Date Event Details (1) Aug 31, 2011 1st Class (2) Sep 7, 2011 (3) Sep 14, 2011 (4) Sep 21, 2011 Quiz 1 (5) Sep 28, 2011 (6) Oct 5, 2011 (7) Oct 12, 2011 EXAM I Exam I (8) Oct 19, 2011 (9) Oct 26, 2011 (10) Nov 2, 2011 (11) Nov 9, 2011 Quiz 2 (12) Nov 16, 2011 Nov 23, 2011 No Class Thanksgiving Vacation (13) Nov 30, 2011 (14) Dec 7, 2011 EXAM II & Review On everything covered in class that was not on Exam I. (15) Dec 14, 2011 FINAL EXAM On everything covered during the entire semester. Problems will be like in the quizzes, hour exams (including samples), and the homework

Homework assignments are updated weekly within 24 hours after each class.