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    MAD 3105 Discrete Mathematics II
    Spring Semester 2007


This is an on-line (distance learning) class. There is also a scheduled recitation session for students who are on-site at the Panama City campus. There is no on-campus section this semester.

The content, objectives, assignments, assessments, and grading are the same for all students.

Regular participation via the Blackboard course interface is required. Official course announcements, lecture materials, assignments, and help archives will all be on-line at this site. Note that all registered students should have the course web site listed on their My FSU portal page. Be sure to test this and resolve any difficulties no later than the first week of classes.


Recitation will meet weekly, open to any student who can attend. However is voluntary.

Recitation Schedule
Recitation   BAY 117   Jan 9 - Apr 17 (excluding Mar 6)   Tue6:00pm - 7:00pm (Central Time)

Note that proposals for discussion topics in recitation may be suggested by any student via Blackboard, and minutes from recitation sessions will be posted by the recitation TA.


Chris Lacher, Faculty
Responsibilities: Course Policies and Standards, On-Site and On-Line Instruction, Assessment 
Office: 112 Faculty Annex B / Panama City Campus 
Office Phone (during office hours): 850-522-5502 or 866-693-7872 ext 251 
Mobile Phone/Voice Mail (24/7): 850-510-5575 
Email:  lacher@cs.fsu.edu
Mail & Delivery: Florida State University
4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, FL 32405-1099
Lacher Weekly Schedule Effective Jan 8 - Apr 28, 2007 (excluding Jan 15 and Mar 5-9)
Adria Peaden, Graduate Teaching Assistant
Responsibilities:On-Campus Recitation Session, Posting of Recitation Minutes, Assessment 
Email:  peaden@cs.fsu.edu
Mathew Porter, Teaching Assistant
Responsibilities: Distance Student Mentor, On-Line Interaction, Assessment, BB Site Management 
Email:  porter@cs.fsu.edu


The course MAD 2104 is a required prerequisite for MAD 3105.


Mathematics, particular discrete mathematics, is foundational to computer science. The mathematical structures, problem solving skills, and theorem-proving skills of discrete mathematics are all needed for success as a computing professional.


The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge and skills in fundamental mathematical topics that are relevant to computing, particularly to the systematic development of software. This course is intended for computer science majors and other science majors with an interest in computing. It is a requirement of the computer science major.The topics covered in this course will include Relations, Graphs, Boolean Algebra, and applications. In the sixth edition of the text, Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, we will cover selected material from Chapters 8, 9, 10, and 11.


This course has the same three main objectives as Discrete Mathematics I. One objective is to introduce you to a variety of topics in discrete mathematics and their applications to computer science. The second is to develop your ability understand mathematical reasoning and to prove material on your own. The third, and a very important objective, is to develop your ability to communicate mathematics correctly and effectively. We continue your education in understanding mathematical reasoning and communication through the study of relations, graphs, and Boolean algebra.


The following materials are required:

  • Course Notes, released through the Course Calendar
  • Assignment Documents:, released through the Course Calendar
  • Course Textbook: Kenneth H. Rosen (2007), Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications (6th edition), McGraw-Hill, ISBN-13: 978-0-07-288008-3
  • Text Supplement: Kenneth H. Rosen (2007), Student Solution Guide for Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications (6th Ed.), McGraw-Hill, ISBN-13: 978-0-07-310779-0


Assignments/Homework. Assignments will be given most weeks, released through the Course Calendar.

Completed assignments must be submitted electronically via the Assignments button in Blackboard by the published deadline. Assignments must be submitted as pdf files. No other file types will be accepted for assignments. Further information about creating pdf files may be found with the typing assignment (A0 on the calendar.)

All assignments are due on or before the due date. It is strongly recommended that you start the assignments early. There often will be two different files you will create for the written assignments.

Assignments that follow up on a previous assignment that has been turned in and graded. may be posted. (An announcement will be posted on the Black Board Announcements page when a new assignment has been posted.) Check announcement regularly!

Due dates for assignment deliverables will be available on the Course Calendar.

Each assignment will be assessed on any of the following that apply:

  • Result (correct/incorrect)
  • Reasoning (proof or argument)
  • Exposition (explanation)

Your assignments grade will be computed by dividing your total number of assignment points earned by the total number of points possible.

Late Deliverables: Assignments should be submitted by the due date published in the course calendar. Assignments will not be accepted after the due date.

Note that most assignment due dates fall on Wednesday. We recommend that you make every effort to complete the assignment no later than the weekend before it is due. This leaves a couple of days to ask questions and complete the assignment by Wednesday.

Exams. There will be three exams in MAD 3105, two in-term exams and a final exam. The dates for the three exams are shown in Table 1 below as well as in the Course Calendar.

Course Grade. A course percent grade is calculated by weighting assignments 35%, the two in-term exams 20% each, and the final exam 25%. The final course letter grade will use the following scale:

Table 1: Exam Schedule
Exam Exam Window (Inclusive)
Exam 1 Fri Feb 2 - Tue Feb 6
Exam 2 Fri Mar 16 - Tue Mar 20
Exam 3 (Final Exam) Fri Apr 20 - Tue Apr 24

All exams must be proctored and taken during the exam window. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for proctored exams in compliance with the FSU standards. Go to the URL http://online.fsu.edu/learningresources/proctoredexam/ for details.

Note that students may be required to identify themselves with official FSU ID to sit an exam.

 Table 2: Letter Grades  
 Percentage Range   Grade 
 [92 - 100]   A 
 [90 - 92)   A- 
 [88 - 90)   B+ 
 [82 - 88)   B 
 [80 - 82)   B- 
 [78 - 80)   C+ 
 [72 - 78)   C 
 [70 - 72)   C- 
 [68 - 70)   D+ 
 [62 - 68)   D 
 [60 - 62)   D- 
 [0 - 60)   F 

Note: Grades may be curved at the end of the semester, if appropriate, but no individual assignments or exam will be curved. A grade of I will not be given to avoid a grade of F or to give additional study time. Failure to process a course drop will result in a course grade of F.


First Day Attendance Policy: Official university policy is that any student not attending the first class meeting will be automatically dropped from the class. For distance students, this policy is interpreted as posting to the discussion forum "First Day Attendance" no later than the first day of the semester.

Regular Attendance Policy: The university requires attendance in all classes. Attendance in distance classes shall mean regular access to the course web site via campus.fsu.edu and regular participation in the class discussion forums. Here, "regular" shall mean a substantial amount of time on a weekly basis. Note that individual access statistics are maintained by Blackboard.

Proctored Exam Policy: All exams must be proctored and taken at an approved testing site during the exam window or in class on the designated date. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for proctored exams in compliance with the FSU standards. Go to http://online.fsu.edu/learningresources/proctoredexam/ for details.

Exam Makeup Policy: An exam missed without an acceptable excuse will be recorded as a grade of zero (0). The following are the only acceptable excuses:

  • If submitted prior to the day of the scheduled exam:
    • A written and signed explanation as to why the exam will missed. Illness or required professional travel are acceptable, while discretionary or personal travel are not. In any case the explanation should be accompanied by corroborating documentation, including names and contact information, and the explanation must be accepted by the instructor prior to missing the exam.
    • Evidence from a university official that you will miss the exam due to university sanctioned travel or extracurricular activity.
  • If submitted on or after the day of the scheduled exam:
    • A note from a physician, university dean, spouse, parent, or yourself indicating an illness or other extraordinary circumstance that prevented you from taking the exam and could not be planned for in advance. Again, corroborating information should be supplied.

All excuses must be submitted in writing, must be signed by the excusing authority, and must include complete contact information for the authority, including telephone numbers and address.

Missed exams with acceptable excuse will be made up or assigned the average grade of all other exams, at the option of the course instructor.

Missed, and acceptably excused, final exams will result in the course grade of 'I' and must be made up in the first two weeks of the following semester.

Grade of 'I' Policy: The grade of 'I' will be assigned only under the following exceptional circumstances:

  • The final exam is missed with an accepted excuse for the absence. In this case, the final exam must be made up during the first two weeks of the following semester.
  • Due to an extended illness or other extraordinary circumstance, with appropriate documentation, the student is unable to participate in class for an extended period. In this case, arrangements must be made to make up the missed portion of the course prior to the end of the next semester.

Completion of Work Policy: To be eligible for the grade of A or A-, working versions of all programming assignments must be submitted.


The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process.  Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “. . . be honest and truthful and . . . [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.”  (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at http://dof.fsu.edu/honorpolicy.htm.)

All students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Policy. Please note the following items are defined and made violations by the policy:

  1. Plagiarism
  2. Cheating
  3. Unauthorized Group Work
  4. Fabrication, Falsification, and Misrepresentation
  5. Multiple Submission
  6. Abuse of Academic Materials
  7. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty
  8. Attempted ...

Violations of the academic honor policy may result in failing grades and/or dismissal from the university. All students are expected to read and understand the policy.


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.  This should be done during the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center
97 Woodward Avenue, South
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)

(This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.)


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  • For information specific to the Panama City Campus go to the FSUPC web page at http://www.pc.fsu.edu/ or call the Campus Hotline number 850-522-5555
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Any specific information related to this class will be posted on the course web site or sent via email to your fsu email address.


This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice. Such notice will be in the form of an announcement to the course web site on My FSU.