In general terms, the best way to reach me is by email. email@example.com will reach me; replies will come from firstname.lastname@example.org (and of course you can use that address too). I read my email constantly (on weekends too) and try to respond reasonably promptly.
With no particular guarantee, I offer the department "generic syllabus" for this class: here
We meet in Education Building room 520 on MWF from 9 am to 9:50 am.
Our final exam will be on Monday, April 30, 10am--12pm in this room.
The required text is Edward Scheinerman, Mathematics, a discrete introduction, third edition, ISBN-13 978-0-8400-4942-1 ISBN-10 0-8400-4942-0. This is found in the bookstore, and there are probably used copies. You use Amazon or other sources at your own risk entirely, and you are responsible for the consequences of receiving your book late; I provide very limited support for this situation.
Please be aware that I allow use of your textbook on the final. This is a reason to have your own copy (and an e-book, if such exist, would not be allowed).
My usual practice is to assign a problem set and make it due two class sessions later so that there is an intervening session when you can ask questions. A test date does not count as an intervening session. Problem sets due after an exam are fair game for that exam if they were assigned two sessions before the exam, so that you had a chance to ask questions. I will not usually describe homework sets in class: make sure that you look on the class announcements page regularly!!!
Your total homework grade will count as one test grade. There will be four hour exams, held on Feb 2, March 2, March 23 (note that this is the day before Spring Break; please avoid conflicting travel plans), April 20. The final exam will count as two test grades and will in addition replace the lowest of the other five marks if this helps you.
Individual exams will generally be marked in such a way that the average or median is somewhere around 75 percent (it may be above this if you all do well, or below it if I have a low opinion of class performance). 90 = A, 80 = B, 70 = C, 60 = D. 50 = F as usual. I do not award grades of A+ or C- under any circumstance I only award the other +/- grades under special circumstances: no point total earns such a grade and I will not negotiate such a grade. You should expect that your grade will be an unqualified letter.
On hour exams you are allowed the use of your permitted calculator, your writing instrument and your test paper. I will supply scratch paper if it is needed. Please be aware that on final exams I allow the use of your textbook and one standard sized sheet of notebook paper with whatever you like written on it. This is a reason to have your own textbook!
Please ensure that your cell phone does not ring in class. Your cell phone must be inaccessible to you during an exam (you cannot use it as a calculator).
You are allowed to use a standard scientific calculator without graphing or symbolic computation capabilities on exams. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have one.
You may not listen to a portable music player during an exam. This is self-evident, but I once had a fight with a student about it, so I always say it!