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Lots of important links off to the left!

Your teaching staff: 

Instructor: Tracy Larrabee

Office hours:  T 2-3, or send me email or use the webforum.

Office: 337A E2

Teaching Assistants:

Sam Mansfield

Sections: M 11-12:10 (E2 194), W 2-3:10 (E2 194)

Office hour: Th 3-4:10 (E2 480)

Luke Buschmann

Sections: W 12:30-1:40 (E2 194), W 3:30-4:40 (E2 192)

Office hour: W 4:45-5:45 (E2 306)

Bin Wu

Sections: T 12-1:10 (E2 192), Th 8:30-9:40 (Physical Sciences 130)

Office hour: Th 2:00-3:00 (JBE 312)




MSI Tutor

Hadley Black


M 2-3:10 (Soc Sci II 137)

W 11-12:10 (ARCenter 202)

Th 4-5:10 (Crown 105)

Class Locations and dates

Class location: Earth and Marine Sciences B206

Class time: T Th 6:00-7:45

Date and time of final exam:  Thursday, March 19 12:00-3:00 pm

Check your Grades here


Discrete Mathematics and its Applications CUSTOM EDITION FROM THE BOOKSTORE (or 7th edition).  Make sure you buy the (cheaper) paperback from the bookstore so you can use the online system for homework.  Separate access to the online system costs more than the custom paperback.  McGraw Hill document on how to access Connect.

 Here is the NEW link to access the system online and do your homework there:


If you have already paid for an account (not if you have a courtesy account), you can use this code to get access to the new course: 3EGP-UWRV-8WGD-GJ6W-F3BE

Another book some students find helpful is  The Nuts and Bolts of Proofs by Antonella Cupillari.  You don't need to buy this book if you don't want to, but many who have been intimidated by proofs (especially inductive proofs) have found it useful.



  • Week 1:Introduction & Logic
  • Week 2:Logic & Sets
  • Week 3:Functions, Sequences, & Summations
  • Week 4:Integers & Intro to proofs
  • Week 5:Induction
  • Week 6:more Induction and Recursion
  • Week 7:Counting: Permutations and Combinations
  • Week 8:Probability and Recursion
  • Week 9:Recursion and Relations
  • Week 10:Relations and Equivalences

Assignments and quizzes

Your grade will be 40% from the weekly quizzes,  15% from the homework, which should largely cover the quiz material, and 45% from the final exam. The reason the homework percentage is so low is that we are using an online system I am unfamiliar with and I believe it essentially lets you have all the points anytime you want to get them.  But the quizzes will follow the homework and you will be cheating yourself if you don't do the homework.  Make sure to keep up with the required readings listed on the quiz preparation tab at the left.

There are no makeup quizzes in this class! However, your grade will come from your best 7 quizzes, so that should cover the odd family event or work emergency that causes you to miss a couple of quizzes.  


Please feel free to tell either the professor or the TA about any comments or suggestions you might have about how to improve the class. The best way to do this is by electronic mail, If you want to communicate anything to either of us anonymously, this is a good way to do it. You are always welcome to broadcast your opinions by using the webforum.Don't worry we don't do this!


Disability Resource Center Student Accomodations

I welcome DRC students.  Make sure you talk to me at the beginning of the quarter about your needs.  As a note, I far prefer your emailing me a PDF of your DRC form instead of giving me a piece of paper.


I hate to talk about cheating, because I like to assume there will be none, but the School of Engineering says I must: If a TA finds or I find conclusive evidence that you have cheated on a quiz or exam, you will fail that quiz or exam. It will not be possible to pass this course with a grade of 0 on the final exam. You should know that if you have been officially charged with cheating, and the provost has ruled that you have cheated, you get a black mark on your record: this could lead to either suspension or expulsion from this university.

To receive credit for a weekly quiz, you must sit in one of the installed seats of the lecture hall, and you must put the names of your right and left neighbor on the top of your quiz page (put something like "end of row" if there is no one on one side). After you turn in your test, you must leave the lecture hall immediately, and if you have forgotten your backpack or other materials, you may not retrieve them until class time is over. You may not talk to anyone during the test time but the instructor or one of the TAs. Violations of this rule will result in a quiz score of zero on the part of the person doing the talking.

Just as something to keep in mind, you will have an assigned seat for the final exam.  Don't grow too dependent on sitting with your friends during examinations.  

This all sounds ominous, but honestly, it is just so we all know that everyone is on a level playing field.