MAT 145: Combinatorics (Winter 2018)
2105 MSB, 601-4000 x4009, email:
Please only use email in an emergency,
e.g., if you are sick and you cannot reach me by phone. I will
not reply to emails with questions about class material, etc.
Office Hours: Wed. 3:10-4:00am, Friday 1:00-2:00 or
by appointment, at my office.
- TA: Nate Gallup, 313702 MSB. Office hours TBA
TEXTBOOK: Discrete Mathematics by Lovasz,
Pelikan, and Vesztergombi
Course grade will be based on the following:
- Homework (due dates Jan 17, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 19,
Feb 28, Mar 12, Mar 16): 50 points
- Midterm Exam 1 (Friday, Feb 2, in class): 100
- Midterm Exam 2 (Friday, Mar 2, in class): 100
- Final (Monday, Mar 19, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Young 184):
- TOTAL: 450 points.
I will follow this grading curve:
- 0-40%: F
- 41-50%: D
- 51-65%: C
- 66-80%: B
- 81-100%: A
bear in mind that talking, cellphone ringing, newspaper
reading, etc. disrupt the lectures. Use of
computers, cellphones, recorders, or any other
electronic devices during lectures is not allowed.
If you have any problem at all that requires special
accommodation, please let me know well in advance!
In particular, the Student Disability
Center asked me to post this message:
student with a documented disability (e.g. physical,
learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who needs to
arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Student
Disability Center (SDC). Faculty are authorized to provide
only the accommodations requested by the SDC. If you have
any questions, please contact the SDC at 530-752-3184 or
Material presented in the lectures and on
homeworks will be the basis for the exams.
Use of books, notes, calculators, or anything else
but pencil and paper, will not be allowed on any exam.
See the Homework
assignments page for homework information.
Also, there will be no make-up exams.
A missed exam counts as 0 points. If you miss the final
you will automatically receive an F. The
grade I (Incomplete) will not be given in any
circumstances. Be aware that, due to a
recent policy change, the grade NS (Enrolled No Work
Submitted) no longer exists, so you will receive an F if
you submit no work.
for the midterms will be posted at the materials page.
If you want a math department
computer account, please visit the
class accounts page. You will have access
to MATLAB, which is used for almost all computations I do
for this class.