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Homepage for Math 104: Elementary Combinatorics and Probability,
Spring 2007

**Instructor:** Michael Weingart.

**Teaching Assistant:** Michael Weingart. If you are shy about
asking the instructor for help, please don't hesitate to ask the TA.

**Email:** weingart [at] math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu.

**Office hours:** Thursdays 12:30-1:00 and 2:30-3:30 in Hardenbergh
B7, and by
appointment.

**Required Text:** *Finite Mathematics and its Applications, Ninth
Edition* by Goldstein, Schneider and Siegel.

We will cover chapters 5, 6, and 7.
Please note that this is a new edition of the text, and differs from the
edition used in Math 104 last year.

**Optional Recommended Text:** *Innumeracy * by John Allen
Paulos. This is a lively, illuminating, and very readable book which reinforces
several topics covered in this course.

**Lecture time and location:**
Hardenbergh
B5, TTh 1:10-2:30.

Tentative
schedule of lectures .

**Optional Weekly Problem Solving Session: ** Hardenbergh
A2, Mondays 7:40-8:40pm.

The course has no recitation section, so this is essentially an informal one. This is a
good opportunity to get practice working out problems similar to those
assigned as homework, and to ask questions which, for some inexplicable
reason, you hesitate to ask during the regular class.

**Course Webpage:** www.math.rutgers.edu/~weingart/104mainpage.html.

**Final Exam:** Tuesday May 8, 8-11 AM.

**Grading Scheme:**

20%
Homework

20% First Midterm

20% Second Midterm

40% Final Exam

Every week (approximately)
set of homework problems
will be assigned, and will be due AT THE BEGINNING OF
CLASS the following Tuesday.

You are encouraged to work with classmates
on these assignments, but you are not permitted to *copy* someone
else's work. If you receive help from someone else (which is
fine) then please indicate this on the homework you submit.

**A few friendly words of advice:** Never fall behind in a math course!!!!!
The ideas we'll be discussing need time to sink in, and are very difficult
to learn quickly right before an exam, so it is important to clear up
your confusions sooner rather than later. An excellent way to
improve your understanding of the subject is to study and work on
homework together with classmates. Explaining mathematical ideas to
others is often the most effective way to sort out your own confusions and
clarify your understanding; you don't know just what it is that you don't
know until you try explaining it to someone else.

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