MWF 2-2:50pm, ECCR 131
Instructor: Nat Thiem
Email: thiemn AT (the state) DOT edu
Office: Math 309
Office hours: M 12-2pm, F 9-10am, or by appointment
Midterm exams: October 1, November 21,
A brief course description
This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics, covering a wide-ranging selection of topics including counting, number sequences, proof techniques, logic, modular arithmetic, and "baby" combinatorics. Our approach to these topics will encourage and explore ideas of mathematical rigor and communication.
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Student classroom and course-related behavior
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appropriate learning environment. Students who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards
may be subject to discipline. Faculty have the professional responsibility to
treat all students with understanding, dignity and respect, to guide classroom
discussion and to set reasonable limits on the manner in which they and their
students express opinions. Please, no open yawning!
Professional courtesy and sensitivity are
especially important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with
differences of race, culture, religion, politics, sexual orientation, gender
variance, and nationalities. Class rosters are provided to the instructor with
the student's legal name. Your instructor will gladly honor your request to
address you by an alternate name or gender pronoun. Please advise your
instructor of this preference early in the semester so that appropriate
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Students with disabilities
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