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MA 208 Discrete Mathematics
Wu, Ping


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CourseCS 208 (MA 208) Discrete Mathematics
SemesterF2A2004
FacultyWu, Ping
TitleProfessor of Computer Science
Degrees/CertificatesPh.D.
Office LocationAustin Center
Office HoursTuesday and Thursday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
E-Mailping.wu@pirate.park.edu
Semester DatesOctober 25 – December 19, 2004
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesMA 131 or higher-level course
Credit Hours3:0:3

Textbook:
“Discrete Mathematics” by John Dossey, Albert Otto, Lawrence Spence, Charles Vanden Eynden, Addison Wesley, 2002, Fourth Edition.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Supplemental materials on Boolean Algebra will be provided to the student.

Course Description:
This course introduces the student to selected finite systems pertinent to the study of computer science.  Course topics will include the following:  mathematical induction, sets, relations functions, matrices, graphs, trees, combinational analysis, Boolean algebra, and other structures.  Pre-requisite:  MA 131 or higher-level course> MA131.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, Internet, videos, web sites, and creative writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. Helping students to develop life-long learning skills is the goal of education.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Solve problems involving:
1) Set operations
2) Equivalence and partial ordering relations
3) Mathematical induction
2. Explain graphs, paths, circuits, graph coloring, directed graphs;
3. Apply shortest path algorithms to graphs;
4. Explain tree properties, spanning trees, rooted trees, binary trees;
5. Apply tree search and tree traversal algorithms to trees;
6. Explain counting techniques;
7. Solve problems involving permutations, combinations, and probability;
8. Solve problems involving recurrence relations and generating functions.

Course Assessment:
Required readings, homework assignments, examinations.

Grading:
Make-up examinations must be scheduled prior to the date of the examination. The final grade will be determined as follows:

Homework Assignments 20%
Midterm Exam 40%
Final Exam 40%

A = 100 – 90
B =  89 – 80
C =  79 – 70
D =  69 – 60
D =  69 – 60

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due on the due date, no credit for late submission of assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be courteous to each other and behave professionally. Each student is expected to complete all reading assignments prior to class and be prepared to participate in all class activities and discussions.

Add/Drop Deadline:
October 25 -- November 1, 2004

Last Day to Withdraw:
November 28, 2004

Course/Topics/Dates/Assignments:

Chapter / TopicsDate
Class policies; Introduction to the course; Sections: 1.1, 1.2Oct. 26
Sections: 1.4, 2.1, 2.2Oct. 28
Sections: 2.3, 2.5, 2.6Nov. 2
Sections: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3Nov. 4
Sections: 3.4, 3.5;Appendix BNov. 9
Sections: 4.1, 4.2, 4.4Nov. 11
Midterm ExamNov. 16
Sections: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3Nov. 18
Sections: 7.2, 7.3, 7.4Nov. 23
Sections: 7.5, 8.1, 8.2Nov. 25
Sections: 8.3, 9.1, 9.2 (part 1)Nov. 30
Sections: 8.3, 9.1, 9.2 (part 2)Dec. 2
Boolean Algebra (Part 1)Dec. 7
Boolean Algebra (Part 2)Dec. 9
Final ExamDec. 13
Final Exam Review, Class SurveyDec. 15
  

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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