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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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