Bloomsburg University
Spring 2018

**Discrete
Mathematics - Math 185**

Section 1, TuTh 2:00pm – 3:15pm, NH 209

**Instructor:** Dr. Kevin Ferland

Email: kferland@bloomu.edu

Web Page: http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/kferland/ ß Class web page can be accessed from here.

Office: Ben Franklin 225

Phone: 389-4502,
Messages can be left at the Department Office 389-4500. However, **email
is better**.

Office Hours: MWF
9:55am - 10:55am

Th 11:55am - 1:55pm

or by appointment

**Text Book: **

Discrete Mathematics: An
Introduction to Proofs and Combinatorics, Second
Edition, CRC Press © 2017.

**Calculator:**

A calculator can be used as
an aid for this course, and you may use it to do your homework when
appropriate. However, always be aware of
the times that you do use your calculator, since you will be required to show
your work on tests and quizzes given in class.
That is, **THE USE OF A CALCULATOR
ON QUIZZES AND TESTS IS FORBIDDEN**.

**Homework:**

The practice of doing
homework is perhaps the most important aspect of your learning the material for
this course. Keeping up with the daily
homework assignments will enable you to best understand the ideas presented in
class. It will also enable you to filter
out those questions that give you the greatest difficulty and that need to be
discussed in class. Some time at the end
of each class will be devoted to answering homework questions. You should read
each section before it is discussed in class.
This will allow you to get the greatest benefit from class time, rather
than merely taking dictation. Homework
will always be assigned for your benefit, and it is important that you do
it. When an assignment is to be handed
in for a grade, this will be clearly announced in class. Homework (when it is
collected) will be due promptly at the beginning of class.

**Quizzes / Collected Homework:**

Approximately
every week there will be either an in-class quiz or a homework assignment to
hand in. A quiz may be unannounced,
although most often quizzes will be announced ahead of time. **There
will be NO MAKEUPS since the 2 lowest grades will be dropped. This will accommodate students who need to
miss a class regardless of the reason.**
Note: This portion of your grade
will occur in 8 point chunks. After two
quizzes are dropped, your overall quiz percentage will be computed and
multiplied by 50 points.

**Tests:**

There will be three
in-class tests, each worth 50 points.

Thursday, February 22.

Thursday, March 29.

Thursday,
April 26.

You will need to be well prepared for each test. If you have kept up with doing and
understanding your daily homework, then studying for the test should not be
difficult. Each test will be written under the assumption that you have
practiced many problems of a similar type and can therefore work efficiently
during the test. Your ability to do
problems in a timely manner could affect your test score. The tests will not be curved.

**Final Exam:**

Thursday, May 10, 8:00am – 10:00am,
NH 209.

The
Final Exam will be **cumulative**. Do not make plans to leave campus before this
exam is over. If you have a preexisting
conflict, then you must see your instructor during the first week of
class. Unless the final exam is missed
due to a sudden emergency and the instructor is informed immediately, a missed
final exam counts as zero.

**Attendance / Participation**:

You are required to attend
every class and to be on time. **Being late will count the same as being
absent.** You are responsible for
everything that goes on in class, and success in this class cannot be expected
without regular attendance. Regular
participation in class by asking and/or responding to questions is required. I will keep track of all of this stuff. Note that this component of the grade does
have an impact on your grade at an amount approximately equal to **two steps on the grade scale**.

**Makeups:**

**There will be no makeup tests given.** If you must
miss a test for a legitimate reason, be sure to contact the instructor before
the test with verification of the cause of your absence. If that is not possible, you must contact the
instructor at the earliest opportunity. In the case of a documented and excused
absence, the missing grade will be made up from the corresponding part of the
final exam. In all other cases the
missed exam counts as a zero.

**Grading Policy:**

Quizzes/Homework
(drop 2) 50
points (total)

3 in-class tests 150
points (total) 50 points each

Attendance/Participation 20 points

__Final Exam__ __100
points__

Total Possible 320
points

The minimum number of points required for each letter
grade is as follows:

A 288
points

A- 278

B+ 266

B 256

B- 246

C+ 234

C 224

C- 214

D+ 202

D 192

E below
192

**Academic Honesty:**

All cases of academic
dishonesty will be reported to the Chair of the Mathematics Department. There will be no tolerance for cheating.

**Students with Disabilities:**

Any student who may need
special consideration because of any sort of disability should make an
appointment to see the instructor as soon as possible.