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{\large\textbf{18.304 Undergraduate Seminar in Discrete Mathematics}}
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Tuesdays \& Thursday 11am -- 12:30pm
Building 2, Room 132
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\textbf{Instructor:} Sami Assaf, 2-378, ext. 8-6721 [e-mail removed]\\
\textbf{Office Hours}: Wednesdays \& Fridays 2pm -- 3:30pm and
\textit{by appointment}
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\textsc{\bf Course Goals:}
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The purpose of this course is to give you experience reading,
writing and presenting results in mathematics. There is no fixed set
of topics to be covered, instead students may choose from a broad
selection of topics within discrete mathematics.
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\textsc{\bf Requirements:}
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\item Give at least \textbf{3 presentations} on some topic(s) in
discrete mathematics, at least one of which must be based on a
research paper published in a mathematics journal.
\item Submit an \textbf{abstract} and before each of your
presentations, and provide possible \textbf{quiz questions} after
your presentation.
\item Write \textbf{three quizzes} based on the content of the
presentations.
\item Write \textbf{a term paper} of approximately 10 pages on a topic
in discrete mathematics.
\item \textbf{Do not fall asleep} during someone else's (or your own!)
presentation.
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\textsc{\bf Important Dates:}
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Thu & 10/14 & Deadline for first presentation.\\
Tue & 10/19 & Quiz 1\\
Tue & 11/02 & Term paper topic must be selected and approved.\\
Thu & 11/04 & Deadline for second presentation.\\
Tue & 11/09 & Quiz 2\\
Thu & 11/18 & First draft of term paper due.\\
Tue & 11/30 & Second draft of term paper due (if required).\\
Tue & 12/07 & Deadline for third presentation.\\
Thu & 12/09 & Quiz 3\\
Thu & 12/09 & Final draft of term paper due.
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\textsc{\bf Grading Policy:}
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Grades are based on the quality of your presentations (40\%),
quizzes (15\%), term paper (30\%), and participation (15\%).
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