Homepage for Math 454: Combinatorics, Summer 2007 

"There are three kinds of mathematicians: those who know how to count, and those who don't know how to count" -Anonymous


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: Every day before class starting at 9:45 and after class until 12:45 in Hill 511, and by appointment.

Required Text: Applied Combinatorics, Second Edition by Fred S. Roberts and Barry Tesman.
We will cover most of chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 10. As time permits, we will study parts of chapters 7 and 9.

Lecture time and location: Hill 423, MTWTh 10:15-12:05.
Tentative list of topics and sections of the book to be covered.

Course Webpage: www.math.rutgers.edu/~weingart/454mainpage.html.

Final Exam: Thursday August 2, 10:15-1:15.

Grading Scheme:
    15% Homework
    15% Quizzes
    30% Midterm
    40% Final Exam

Every Tuesday set of homework problems will be due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.
You are encouraged to work with classmates on these assignments, but you are not permitted to copy someone else's work.

On each of the first, second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays of the course there will be a quiz; class on the third Thursday (July 12) will be the midterm, and class on the last Thursday (August 2) will be the final.

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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