MWF 10:10am - 11:00am (A3)
MC Reynolds 317
Dr. Brent Yorgey
An introduction to the discrete paradigm in mathematics and computer science. Topics include logic, set theory, number theory, induction, recursion, counting techniques, and graph theory.
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
Translate natural language statements to and from formal
Apply the rules of propositional logic to derive correct mathematical
Recall and apply basic definitions, together with logical reasoning,
to solve problems involving naive set theory, number theory,
combinatorics, and graph theory.
Solve problems using recursion and induction.
Write coherent mathematical proofs using proper mathematical
notation and reasoning.
Discrete Mathematicsand its Applications
Online Encyclopedia ofInteger Sequences
Note: all exercises are taken from the 7th edition of the
textbook. If you have a different edition, that’s fine, but you are
responsible for finding a way to double-check that you are doing the
correct problems (sometimes the problems are renumbered between
different editions). e.g. find a friend who has the 7th edition and do
a quick comparison each week.
Homework and practice problems will be assigned daily. Homework
problems will be graded; practice problems are optional and carry no
Unless otherwise noted, homework problems assigned in a given week are
due by the beginning of class the following Wednesday. For
example, the problems assigned Monday March 3, Wednesday March 5 and
Friday March 7 are due Wednesday, March 12.
I encourage you to work together on homework problems, and I will not
be checking for academic integrity violations on HW submissions.
However, keep in mind that copying your HW solutions from your
classmates or other sources, while it will not get you in trouble, is
simply stupid and short-sighted: it will come back to bite you on
quizzes and exams.
Homework problems should be written or typed neatly, and turned in via
one of two methods:
Late homework problems can be accepted for half full credit up until the
last day of finals (May 13).
Graded homework will generally be handed back by the Monday after it
There will be weekly short quizzes, typically on Fridays, covering
material from the homework turned in on Wednesday.
Quizzes can be retaken as many times as you want; each time you retake
a quiz the new grade replaces the previous grade. To retake a quiz,
just schedule a 15-minute meeting
slot, being sure to clearly indicate
which quiz or quizzes you intend to retake.
You will complete two projects during the semester, either
individually or in groups of two. The projects will give you an
opportunity to tackle some bigger problems, and focus on putting
details together into a coherent written exposition. You are required
to write up your projects using the LaTeX typesetting
You will have two weeks to complete each project:
More details about each project will be made available when it is
There will be two one midterm exam (worth 25% of your exam grade)
and a cumulative final exam (worth 50% of your exam grade). For each
exam, you will be given the exam questions one week in advance (at
least a week and a half or two weeks for the final exam). You may use
any resources in preparing your solutions to the exam—including your
notes, textbook, online resources, and each other—with the only
exception that I will not answer specific questions about the exam.
On the day of the in-class exam, you must come with no notes and write
out your solutions on a clean copy of the exam.
Your final grade in the course is based on:
By default, each category is worth 20% of your grade. The remaining 20%
is yours to assign as you wish. For example, if you feel confident
in your ability to do well on exams, you could assign all 20% to your
exam grade, making exams worth 40% of your grade in the course. Or,
if you feel better about doing well on quizzes and projects, you could
make them each 30% of your grade, leaving homework and exams worth 20%
each; or you could simply add 5% to each category to keep everything
You must inform me of your choice no later than Wednesday, January
29. Simply send me an
with the subject “MATH 240 grade distribution” letting me know how you
would like to distribute the 20%. If you do not make a choice, by
default all the categories will be weighted equally.
In any case, final letter grades will be determined according to the
You are guaranteed a letter grade no worse than the one corresponding
to your final average in the table above, but I reserve the right to
assign a higher letter grade in certain circumstances (e.g. if you
have good attendance and participation and have shown improvement over
the course of the semester).
It is my ultimate goal for this course, and my teaching, to
develop your academic skills, advance your learning
of math and computer science concepts, and support the liberal arts in general. To do so
will require commitments from myself and from you toward meeting this goal.
I will be prepared and on time for class each day, ready to use class time
to help you understand the course material. I will respectfully listen to,
understand, and answer questions asked in class.
You are expected to attend class and actively participate in discussions every day,
answering questions, asking questions, presenting material, etc. Your
participation will be respectful of your classmates, both of their
opinions and of their current point in their educational journey, as we
each approach the material with different backgrounds and contexts.
I will clearly communicate expectations,
assignment details and dates, and grading
I will respond to emails within 24 hours
You are expected to check your email for
occasional course announcements, and to let me
know via email if you will need to miss class
for some reason.
I will provide graded feedback on
assignments (homework, quizzes, projects, and
exams) within one week.
for appointments outside of class and will
give you my full attention during meetings. I
will be open to feedback and willing to
respond in substantive ways to your
suggestions or concerns.
You are encouraged to provide constructive comments for improving this
course for furthering your learning throughout
the semester. You are welcome
anonymous feedback at any time.
There will also be an opportunity for
anonymous course feedback
at the end of the term, in which I hope you all participate. Through your
feedback I can improve this course and others for future students.
I will abide by the above syllabus and
grade your work fairly.
As stated in the Hendrix Academic
Integrity Policy, all students have agreed to adhere to the following principles:
I will make this classroom an open and inclusive environment,
accommodating many different learning styles and perspectives.
seeking accommodation in relation to a recognized disability should inform me
at the beginning of the course.
It is the policy of Hendrix College to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant
to federal and state law. Students should contact Julie Brown in the
Office of Academic
Success (505.2954; firstname.lastname@example.org) to begin the accommodation process.
I am willing to work with you individually when life goes off the rails.
Coursework and college in general can become stressful and overwhelming, and
your wellness can be impacted when you least expect it. You should
participate in self-care and preventative measures, and be willing to
find support when you need it.
The Offices of Counseling Services and Student Health Services are located in the white house
behind the Mills Center for Social Sciences at
1541 Washington Avenue.