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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