Spring 2017: Discrete Mathematics (MTH150)

Course Policies and Information


Jonathan Pakianathan
E-mail: jonathan dot pakianathan at rochester dot edu
Lectures: MW 2:00–3:15 pm in Bausch and Lomb 109
Office: Hylan 809
Office Hours: Mon 3:30-4:30pm and Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm


Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (7th edition) by Kenneth H. Rosen

Topics Covered

We will cover much of chapters 1-6, 8, 10 of the text. Among the topics we will study are set theory, formal logic, algorithms and their complexity, elementary number theory, induction, counting, recurrence relations, and graph theory. See course schedule for details.

Exams and Grading

There will be two midterm exams and a final exam at the following times:

First Midterm
Thursday, March 2, 8:00-9:15AM in TBA.
Second Midterm
Thursday, April 6, 8:00-9:15AM in TBA.
Final Exam
Tuesday, May 9, 4:00-7:00PM in Bausch and Lomb 109.

Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on exams and homework:

The Final Exam will have two parts: Part A will cover the material tested in both Midterms 1 & 2, while Part B will only contain questions related to material appearing after Midterm 2. Part A accounts for 20% of your course grade and Part B accounts for 20% of your course grade. In addition, the Part A score will replace the lowest midterm score if it is indeed higher (but not both).

NO MAKEUP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY REASON. If you miss a midterm exam for any reason, then Part A of the final exam will count as your makeup. Final Part A can only replace one midterm score, however.

You will NOT be permitted calculators or other electronic devices (iPhone, smart watches, etc) on any exams. You will NOT be permitted books, notes, or ``cheat sheets’’ on any exams.

Incomplete “I” grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or a genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload on other courses are not acceptable reasons.


There will be 10-12 weekly assignments for the semester consisting of a written portion and a WeBWorK portion. The written portion is due at the beginning of class on the date indicated on the schedule and the WeBWorK portion is typically due the night before. Each assignment will be out of 40 total points; the weighting of WeBWorK vs. written portion will be indicated each week. Your lowest homework score will be dropped. For due dates and times of WeBWork assignments please log-on WeBWorK to see when the set closes. Late assignments are generally not accepted, except in rare cases (such as genuine illness or emergency) supported by documentation.

A “WeBWorK TA” will be available to answer email questions about Webwork homework sets until 5pm on the due date. Questions received after 5pm may not be answered. There is a button on each problem to email the WeBWorK TA. Webwork can be accessed HERE.

Written assignments will be posted on the course schedule and WeBWork assignments will open at least one week before the due date. You must abide by the Homework rules.

TA office hours

In addition to instructor office hours, our TAs will also hold office hours where you can ask any questions related to the course material. Office hours can be especially useful if you take the initiative by identifying topics that are giving you trouble and formulating good questions.

TA Office Hours Email
Viet-Duy Nguyen Sunday 11am to noon at Gleason Library vnguy14 at u dot rochester dot edu
Chengyu Deng Thursday 2-3pm at Carlson Library base floor. cdeng2 at u dot rochester dot edu
Sifan Ye Tuesday 7pm-8pm at Gleason Library sye8 at u dot rochester dot edu


If you are having difficulty seek help immediately - do not wait until it is too late to recover from falling behind. There are several avenues for you to get help and ask questions, outside of lecture:

Disability Support

If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accomodate most needs. For information, please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. To be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with CETL at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically. Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at CETL, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.

Academic Integrity Statement