- Course Webpage:
The main resource for this course. You will find there announcements,
a class log, links to handouts, worksheets, homework assignments, and
other resources. Bookmark this page and check it frequently.
- Time/Room: MTWRF 10:00 am - 10:50 am, W 9:00 am - 9:50 am,
141 Altgeld Hall, June 16 - August 8, 2014.
- Instructor: A.J. Hildebrand, office 241 Illini Hall, phone
244-7721, email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be available daily in the hour
after class (in the regular classroom or one of the neighboring classrooms).
If there is interest, I will set aside additional time slots later in the
- Text and syllabus:
The official Math 347 text is "Mathematical Thinking" by D'Angelo
and West (2nd edition). We will cover Chapters 1-4, 13-14, and selected
topics from the other chapters depending on audience preferences. I
will supplement this text with handouts summarizing the key concepts,
definitions, and theorems on a given topic, and with worksheets
providing additional, carefully selected practice problems.
Note on purchasing the text. The class handouts are intended to
complement the text, not to replace it. You will still need
access to the text for the assigned reading and for the homework,
though you don't necessarily have to purchase a copy. The Math Library
has several copies of the D'Angelo/West text on course reserve that you
can check out for 2 hours to makes copies. It also has some other texts
that are useful as supplementary references; in particular,
Rosen's "Discrete Mathematics" (which is the official text for Math 213
and CS 173) is an excellent source for practice problems on most of the
topics covered in Chapters 1-4.
- Grading summary:
Your course grade will be based on homework, midterms and the final exam, weighted
- Homework: 30%
- Midterms: 40%
- Final Exam: 30%
Curving: Each grade component will be individually curved, depending
on the distribution of raw scores. For example, a raw score of 88/100 on an
exam (which would be a B+ on a standard 100/90/80/70 curve) may convert to a
score of 90/100 (an A- on the standard curve) as a result of such curving.
The curving will always be "up"; it will never lead to a lowering of the
The average of the curved grade components, computed with the above weights,
will determine your course grade. It will be translated into a letter grade
(with plusses and minuses) in the usual way: 96.67% - 100% corresponds to an
A+, 93.34% - 96.66% corresponds to an A, 90% - 93.33% corresponds to an A-,
etc. No additional curving will be done, except possibly for some minor
adjustments to avoid close calls.
There will be twice weekly graded HW assignments, usually due on Thursdays
and Mondays. Late assignments will not be accepted, but if you have a
legitimate, documented excuse for missing an assignment (e.g., illness), I
will mark the assignment as excused (see the section "Missed/late homework"
below). At the end of the semester, the lowest HW score will be dropped; the
remaining HW scores will determine your HW grade. Homework accounts for 30%
of the course grade.
- Midterm exams: There will be three midterm exams,
spread out evenly over the semester. The midterm dates are
Wednesday, July 2, 16, 30.
All midterms will be given in-class, in the regular classroom. At the end of
the semester, the lowest of the three midterm scores will be dropped. Midterm
exams contribute 40% to the course grade.
- Final Exam: The Final Exam will cumulative and will
account for 30% of the course grade.
It will be held on the official final exam slot for this class,
Friday, August 8, 2014, 8 am - 10 am.
Please keep the above date in mind when making your travel plans.
The University is strict about enforcing final exam dates, and
instructors do not have the authority to let a student take the
final at a different date.
Group work policy:
Group work on regular homework problems (excluding bonus/extracredit
problems) is fine and, indeed, encouraged.
If you work with others on the homework, put the names of the other group
members on the problem sheet. You must write up solutions yourself,
using your own words. Group work should not be a one-sided affair,
and it also should not be a division of labor, with each group member doing
only a subset of the problems and passing out solutions to the rest of the
group. Everybody should contribute, and the goal should be for everyone in
the group to end up understanding all of the problems.
Late homework will not be accepted. Since the lowest homework
score will be dropped, you can afford to miss one homework assignment
and still end up with a perfect homework average.
If you cannot turn in an assignment due to illness or some other valid excuse,
and have obtained an "absence letter" from the Dean's office (see below),
I will mark the assignment as excused.
In this case, the homework will not count towards the homework average,
and will also not affect your drop score.
To get an absence letter, call the
Dean's office at 217-333-0050 or come to the office at 300 Turner Student
Services Building, 610 East John Street, Champaign.
For more information about absence letters, see
the Dean of
Missed midterm exams:
Missed midterm exams will normally be treated in the same way as missed homework
assignments: if you have a valid excuse, documented by an "absence letter" from the
Dean, the exam will be counted as "excused" and not taken into account in the
computation of your grade. In exceptional cases, I may give you the option
to take a make-up exam instead of counting the exam as excused.
Final exams must be taken at the regular final exam date and time. The
University is very strict in enforcing this rule; exceptions can only be
granted by the Dean (not the instructor). If you are sick on the date of the
final, the Deam can issue an "Incomplete" grade that allows you to make up the
final at a later date. In this case, contact the Emergency Dean (see above)
as soon as possible to start the process.
Attendance. I expect you to attend class. Skipping classes shows
a lack of commitment and disrespect. The same goes for chatting, texting,
or websurfing during classtime. I take my duties as instructor seriously
and put a lot of effort into preparing lectures, and I expect students to
be respectful of this effort. While in large lecture/discussion format
classes you may get away skipping the lectures without anyone noticing,
in a small class like this one, absences do get noticed. If you have to
miss the class for a legitimate reasons such as illness, send me an email so
that I know why you are not there. When you are back, I'd be happy to meet
with you to help you catch up with what you missed.
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