COCO 2 - A Matter of

CL 65/Math 5

Winter 2009


Texts: The books for the course are: A Matter of Time, draft manuscript by Lahr and Pastor, and a Course Reader. Both are available at Wheelock Books.

Class Meetings: The class meets MWF 10-11:05 x-hour Th 12-12:50 in 105 Kemeny.


Dwight Lahr, Department of Mathematics

341 Kemeny, 646-2762

Office Hours: MW: 11:15–12:00 (and by appointment)

Beatriz Pastor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Comparative Literature

219 Dartmouth, 646-2016

Office Hours: (and by appointment)

We encourage you to contact us by e-mail for purposes of asking questions, making comments, or setting up meetings.

Math Tutor: Ignacio Rueda will hold regular tutorials in 108 Kemeny Wednesday 6-7PM and Thursday 8-9PM to help you with the math homework as well as to conduct "math review sessions" before exams. The tutorials are strictly for your convenience, to help you learn the math. Drop by sometime, especially if you have a question.

General organization:

The class will meet three days a week. Two of these meetings will follow a seminar/lecture format, for the most part alternating between humanities and mathematics. The Friday session will usually revolve around student presentations and joint presentations by the instructors to bridge gaps across disciplines. The list of student presentation topics for Friday discussions will be announced and circulated for sign-up by the second week of the term. All students should review the topics for the Friday Discussion before coming to class.

Course Website:

The address of the CL 65/Math 5, Winter 2009 - A Matter of Time website is We will use it as an integral part of the course, so you definitely should check it out right away and add it to your bookmarks.

Assignments and grades:

In addition to completing all reading assignments and math assignments by the due-date, students will be expected to give presentations on Fridays and to participate actively in class discussions. They will be asked to write two short double-spaced papers, the first paper one page long and the second two pages, on topics that will be listed on the syllabus in weeks 1 and 8. There also will be two multiple choice exams (one each in weeks four and seven), and a final paper. The questions will draw on material from the textbook and the reader. The final will be a seven-to-ten-page double-spaced library research paper on a choice of assigned topics, due on the first day of final examinations. The two exams will each be worth 50 points and the final paper 100 points, the Friday presentation 50 points, weekly math problems 50 points, the two short papers 15 and 30 points respectively, and class participation 50 points for an overall total of 395 points.

Each problem in each math homework assignment will be checked and a score from 0-5 will be assigned to the overall homework set according to the following holistic scale:

  • 5 Substantially correct and complete.
  • 4 A few minor errors, but he/she knows what he/she is doing.
  • 3 Is usually on the right track, but has difficulty completing a problem.
  • 2 Several blunders or conceptual errors. Is rarely on the right track. But knows how to get started.
  • 1 Little to show.
  • 0 Nothing worthwhile to show. Does not even write out relevant definitions and theorems consistently or correctly.

Meetings with your instructors:

You should not hesitate to contact either one of your instructors about issues related to the course. You can send e-mail messages to us, make appointments, or drop into our scheduled office hours.

Academic Honor Principle:

On in-class exams: As you prepare for an exam, feel free to brainstorm with fellow students, and the tutor, or your instructors. During the taking of the exam itself, no help is to be given or received.

On homework, the final paper: Feel free to brainstorm with fellow students, the tutor, or your instructors. However, when it comes to writing your paper (or any other materials for submission), you must do so by yourself without outside assistance and in your own words. In this regard, it is a violation of the Honor Principle to share electronic files or notes, or to participate in editing a joint document. You must produce by yourself the paper written for submission.

On the Friday student presentations: These will be done by groups of 3-4 students. They will work collaboratively, each doing his or her part, and then combining materials into a coherent whole. The latter will most probably entail the sharing of electronic files. Each student will get an individual grade.

Students with Disabilities:

We encourage students with documented disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities, to discuss possible accommodations with one of your instructors. Students might want to consult as well Student Accessibility Services, 301 Collis Center, ext. 6-2014. In addition to providing information and services, the office can assist with determining appropriate accomodations.

Dwight Lahr  
6188 Kemeny Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3551
FAX: (603) 646-1312

Beatriz Pastor  
6072 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755