 Course Information

Time  1:001:50 pm Monday/Wednesday 
 1:001:50 pm Friday (Homework Session. Optional, but highly recommended) 
Location  VNZORN 142 

Instructor 
Chuck Cusack 
Email  cusack@hope.edu 
Office  VWF 233 
Phone  3957271 
Office Hours  Walkin or by appointment 

Textbook 
Discrete Mathematics and its Applications, Seventh Edition, Kenneth Rosen, McGrawHill, 2012.


Resources 
 Answers in the back of your book
The back of your book contains answers to all of the oddnumbered problems from the book.
 Student Solution Manual
This is available at the reserve desk in the library. It can be checked out for 24 hours.
It contains solutions (not just the answers, but how they got them) to all odd numbered exercises.

Student Resources for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications, Seventh Edition
This site has lots of useful stuff, including additional examples, demonstration applets,
self assessments, etc. If you have difficulty with a particular section, you should look
for additional help here. Choose the current chapter from the dropdown menu on the left
to see hat resources are available for the chapter.
 Me
Make an appointment to get help whenever you need it. My schedule is pretty flexible.
Probably the easiest time to meet with me is right after class.


Coverage 
Lots of fun topics. See the Schedule page for a list.


Expectations 
This course is very heavily mathematical.
You will have to solve many mathematics problems and write some proofs.
One of the most important things to realize in this course is that
precision is very important in mathematics. You cannot skip steps,
make guesses, or use flawed logic. Any of these things can lead to
incorrect answers.
The bulk of class on Mondays and Wednesdays will consist of me lecturing through
the material and doing examples. On Fridays, which are optional, we will conducts "homework sessions".
This will give you an opporunity to do some of your work (reading, suggested exercises, homework)
in an environment where plenty of help is available. I will also answer questions about the
homework assignments. I strongly urge you to attend these sessions.
You have to do the work at some point anyway, so why not do it when help is easily accessible?
Here are tips for success:

Do the assigned reading. In fact, this is so important that every homework assignment
will have one or more questions related to the reading for the day.

Do the suggested exercises. Although I cannot make you do these, I promise you that
the more of these you do the better off you will be. Repetition is very important in learning,
especially in mathematics.

Get assistance. If you are struggling with a particular topic, spending another 2 hours
beating your head against the wall is not going to be very productive. When you are stuck, get
help from someone who knows what they are talking about (e.g. me, the Help Center, someone who has
done well in the course previously) but make sure you are not going beyond the bounds of what is
acceptable.

Attend the homework sessions. There is really no good reason not to do this. You have to
do the work anyway, so why not do it when help is available?

Ask questions. If you do not understand the material or a homework problem, ask questions.

Review homework assignments. When you get your graded homework assignments back, go over them
and try to determine what you did incorrectly. Then try to figure out how to do it correctly. If you
cannot figure it out, ask me. You will see the material again (on future asignments or exams,
for instance) so it is not helpful to ignore the problems.



