Syllabus MAT 515 - Topics in Advanced Finite Mathematics

Instructor Eunice Krinsky Ph.D. Phones: office (310) 243-3391

Office: NSM A-115 home (310) 541-0901

FAX: (o) (310) 516-3627 E-Mail: ekrinsky@csudh.edu

Office Hours: MW 3:00 to 5:00 pm; and by appointment

Textbook:

Principles and Practice of Mathematics by COMAP, TI – 83

Prerequisite

Students must have graduate standing and must have completed one year of full time secondary mathematics teaching.

Course Description:

This course will increase students’ knowledge of the applications of modern mathematics by investigating areas of coding theory, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms and the mathematics of social choice.

Course Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate:

1. Understanding of the basic theory behind codes and be able to apply them to various areas such as compact disc technology, mapping the human genome, etc.

2. Understanding of the uses of graph theory

3. Understanding of the properties and algorithms of counting including permutations and combinations

4. Understanding of the uses of mathematics in voting, fair division, and game theory and power

5. Understanding of the current research in mathematical thinking and problem solving

6. Knowledge of the applications of these modern mathematical ideas to the secondary classroom

Evaluation:

Tests: Tests will be equally weighted take-home exams. Students will be allowed to use any materials they wish to work the problems but cannot work with others, either from the class or elsewhere, to answer the questions. The exams are due at the beginning of class on the designated due dates.

 GRADING Tests (3) Homework Readings/Attendance/Participation Final Project 60% 15% 10% 15% SCALE A = 100 – 93%; A- = 93 – 90%; B+ = 89 – 87% B = 86 – 83%; B- = 82 – 80%; C+ = 79 – 77% C = 76 – 73%; C- = 72 – 70%; D = 69 – 60%; F < 60

Homework: Assignments consisting of problems from various sources will be due by 5:00 p.m. on the date announced in class

Final Project Information will be distributed at a class meeting.

Attendance: Regular attendance is strongly recommended. Participation points will be earned in class in cooperative learning groups. These points will only be earned during class time and participation is 5% of your grade.

Academic Integrity: CSUDH expects students, staff, faculty, and administrators to show mutual respect and to adhere to scholastic honesty in the pursuit of intellectual, social and personal advancement. As an institution, CSUDH deplores cheating, fraud, plagiarism and any other type of academic dishonesty. CSUDH reserves the right to initiate a series of disciplinary measures or sanctions to secures academic integrity as described in the current CSUDH Catalog.

Pagers and Cell Phones

Pagers and mobile phones must be turned off or operate in silent mode during class hours. Under no circumstances are you to take a call during class. If the call is important, step outside the room!