Math 6-Spring 2003

Instructor: Susan D’Agostino

Class meeting time: 11:15-12:20 MWF x-hour 12-12:50 Tu

Room: Bradley 104

__Course description__: This class will introduce the
student to several topics in finite mathematics including sets and counting,
logic, graph theory, matrices and game theory. A major goal of this class is to give the student an
opportunity to gain confidence in talking about mathematics. We will spend roughly two weeks on each of
the five topics.

__Office hours__: Monday and Wednesday for an hour after
class.

__Grader__: Sihan Shu

__Textbook__: Finite Math and Its Applications, 7^{th}
Ed., by Goldstein, Schneider and Siegel

__Homework__: You will be assigned homework on a daily
basis. The homework assignment will be
given in class. Homework is due just **before**
the start of the following class. NO
LATE HOMEWORK IS ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON.
The grader is permitted to give a score of zero on any homework that is
not neat or not stapled. Take pride in
your work! Homework will be graded on
a 0-2 scale as follows:

· 0 means major error and/or little to show

· 1 means significant error and/or partially complete

· 2 means substantially complete and correct

__Presentations__: Friday will be a day devoted to
student presentations. On Monday, the
instructor will ask selected students to prepare 10-50 minute presentations for
a Friday presentation on a relevant topic.
Material for the presentation may be obtained entirely from the
textbook. The presentations offer an
opportunity to gain experience explaining mathematical concepts, using
mathematical notation and talking about mathematics. Presenters are strongly encouraged to use the Tuesday x-hour or
other time outside of class to meet to discuss and/or practice their
presentations. It is worth noting here
that you cannot be sure that you understand a concept well until you have been
able to explain it well.

In addition to the Friday presentations, the last four classes of the term will be devoted to student presentations on game theory. This last topic is one that will be presented entirely by students.

__Class Participation__:
Class participation presents another opportunity to gain agility in
mathematical conversations. Students
should aim to ask at least one question or make a comment in **every** class
period, and preferably more than one.
For this reason, class attendance is important.

__Final Exam__:
More information about the final exam will be given later in the
term. Students should not plan to leave
campus before the final exam is given.
Students will be expected to sit for the scheduled final exam. No
alternate dates or times will be given.

__Out of class time__: Students should expect to spend
three hours outside of class for every hour spent in class. Completing homework assignments represents
only a fraction of this time. Preparing
presentations, helping other students give effective presentations and
reviewing concepts so that you may take an active part in the class discussion
are all out-of-class responsibilities.

__Grading__:

Homework: 30%

Presentations: 20%

Class Participation: 20%

Final: 30%

__Honor principle__: Dartmouth students are expected to
adhere to the honor principle. In this
course, that means that while homework and presentations can and should be
worked on together, the work you hand in must be your own. No collaboration will be permitted on the
final exam.

__Special Needs__: Any student with a disability for whom
special accommodations would be helpful is encouraged to discuss this with the
instructor before the end of the second week of class.