Syllabus: 22M:150 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

Fall 2006 10:30A - 11:20A MWF 118 MLH

Instructor:  Dr. Isabel Darcy                 Office:B1H MLH                     Phone: 335- 0778
Email: idarcy AT
Tentative Office Hours: M 2-3pm, W 9:35 - 10:15am, F 11:35am - 12:35pm, after class, and by appointment.  
Course WWW site:
Check this for a list of assignments, possible changes in the course schedule, and electronic copies of course handouts.

Text: Introductory Combinatorics, 4th ed., Brualdi, Prentice Hall

Goals and Objectives of the Course:Basic methods of enumerative combinatorics, inclusion-exclusion and generating functions, applications of group theory (Polya-Burnside theorem).
Prerequisite: 22M:050 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

Grading system:
Project: 15% 90% <= A- < 91% <= A 
HW & Quizzes: 25% 80% <= B- < 81% <= B < 89% <= B+ < 90%
Exam 1:  20%  70% <= C- < 71% <= C < 79% <= C+ < 80%
Exam 2:  20%  60% <= D- < 61% <= D < 69% <= D+ < 70%
Final: 20%  F < 60%

GRADING & EXAMS:  All work must be shown in order to receive credit.  This holds for all exams including the final, all quizzes, and homework.  Important note:  If no work is shown, you may receive zero credit even if your answer is correct.

2 exams and a final will be given.  Dates and locations TBA.  You are required to bring identification to all exams.   You are required to pick up your exams and keep them until the end of the semester.  The final exam will be cumulative.  The final is tentatively set for 9:45 A.M. Wednesday, December 13 2006. This could change, however, when the firm Final Exam Schedule comes out later in the semester.

THERE IS NO CURVE IN THIS CLASS, but improvement may be taken into consideration.

If there is a mistake in grading, you must report this mistake within one week from when the exam, homework, etc. has been handed back to the class (whether or not you picked up your exam, homework, etc). Your grades will be posted on ICON. 

Sections to be covered: We will cover most of chapter 1 - 7 and some supplementary material as time allows. You should read all sections/handouts/web material corresponding to covered material and/or assigned problems.  There may be test questions related to this reading even if not covered in class. 

Attendance and absences: Your attendance at each scheduled class meeting and discussion section is expected.  You are  responsible for material covered in class and announcements made during class; these may include changes in the syllabus. Absences from exams will require a compelling reason, and must be arranged with your instructor in advance.

You may collaborate with other students on the homework;   however, each individual student is responsible for turning in your own homework in your own words.  Copying is not collaboration and will be prosecuted under scholastic dishonesty.  Any significant collaboration should be acknowledged.

Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty: Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from The University. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of The University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.
The University policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Notes to Student:

1.) The Department of Mathematics has offices in 14 MLH. To make an appointment to speak with the chair of the department, call 335-0714 or contact the Departmental Secretary in 14 MLH.

2.) I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require seating modifications or testing accommodations or accommodations of other class requirements, so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please contact me during my office hours.

This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This means that class policies on matters such as requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are governed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Details of the University policy of cross enrollments may be found at:

Chapter 1 HW: