e-mail: holmes@math.boisestate.edu WWW (web page): http://math.boisestate.edu/~holmesI read my e-mail constantly (at least when I am at the university) and respond promptly.
An electronic version of the syllabus, which will include homework assignments, will be accessible from my web page. The electronic version is the official syllabus, and any changes will be posted there and not distributed on paper.
The department generic syllabus for this course is found as an attachment to this document in its paper version or at the URL http://math.boisestate.edu/dept-stuff/Generic/M187.html
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The drop deadline is June 28. Petitions to drop classes after this date are usually unsuccessful.
Dates for in-class exams: All exams will be given on Thursdays. Test I on June 17, Test II on July 1 (do not plan to leave early for the 4th!), Test III on July 15, Final Exam on July 29th.
You may not use cell phones or PDAs (such as Palm Pilots or Pocket PC's) as calculators during any exam. No exceptions will be made.
Exams will generally be linearly scaled so that the median grade in the class corresponds to a mid-range C (75 percent) unless I am seriously dissatisfied with overall class performance.
Each exam is worth 100 points. The total homework grade counts as an exam (100 points). It is possible that I will increase the weight of homework to as much as two exams. The final counts 200 points; your percentage grade on the final may replace the lowest of the other five grades (in-class exams and homework) if this helps you.
90 or above is an A; 80 or above is a B; 70 or above is a C; 60 or above is a D; lower grades are F (after any scaling).
Don't assume that these are the only times when you can get help! I am never offended by a student asking me for help if I am in the office (though I may help only briefly if I am very busy). I will provide a summary of times when I am likely to be on campus when this is clearer; this is less predictable in the summer. I will never be in on Fridays; I might be in in the afternoons some or even most other days.
You do not need to contact me if you are missing class or if you need to arrive late or leave early; but I do need you to enter or leave the class quietly in either case. Of course, you do need to contact me, in advance, if you are missing an exam.
The dates on which homework handouts are distributed and the dates on which they are due will be added to this page as we go.
Assignment I unofficially available (look at Tuesday).
Assignment I in Postscript or PDF format. Due June 10.
Assignment II available on web. Look at tomorrow's entry or my page.
Proof style handout in Postscript or PDF format. This may be modified and expanded as the term goes on.
Assignment I due.
Assignment II in Postscript or PDF format. Due June 15.
Assignment II due.
Assignment III in Postscript or PDF format. Due June 21 (not June 16 as is currently written on the document).
Assignment III due.
Assignment IV in Postscript or PDF format. Due June 24.
Assignment V in Postscript or PDF format. Due June 29.
Assignment IV due.
drop deadline.
Assignment V due.
Assignment VI in Postscript or PDF format. Due July 7.
Assignment VII in Postscript and PDF formats. Due Monday, July 12.
Assignment VI due.
Assignment VII due.
Assignment IX in Postscript and PDF formats. Due July 19.
Assignment VIII due.
Assignment IX due.
Assignment X in Postscript and PDF formats. Due July 26.
I see that I talked about topics in a different order than this syllabus provides for! I'm not really behind or ahead; on Monday I'll discuss 15.7 and 16.1.
Assignment XI in Postscript and PDF formats. Due July 28.
There will probably be one more short assignment due at the final.
Assignment X due.
Solutions to the counting problems appear here in Postscript and PDF format.
Assignment XII, due at the final, is to sort the list 2,3,6,4,5,1 using bubble sort, showing all steps, then to sort the same list using heap sort, showing all steps (show pictures of trees).