All official information about this course can be found in the
prospectus (in Dutch).
This page provides some additional information about some practical things
related to the course.
This course has two hours of general lectures on Tuesday.
Attendance is not obligatory, but if you are there
you are expected to be actively involved in the lecture.
Exercise hours
This course has two exercise hours on Thursday.
These hours are organized as follows.
We have three lecture rooms for this,
two smaller ones (HG00.065 and HG00.310) and one large one (HG00.071).
(Note that the schedule may change, so always check your personal
schedule for the latest updates.)
This implies that there are also three groups:
two smaller groups with one student assistant each and one larger group
with two assistants.
In Blackboard you can enroll yourself into one of these groups
via the menu option Group enroll.
If you fail to do so before the first exercise hour, you will be
assigned into a group.
During the first hour of the session, there will be a plenary discussion
about questions and problems related to the exercises that you don't need
to hand in.
During the second hour you are supposed to work individually (or in small
groups) on the exercises that you do need to hand in on Friday.
Student assistants are available for individual questions.
(Note that although you are allowed to work together, each student has
to hand in his own work.)
Obviously, the exercise hours only work well if you come prepared!
So you really have to study the assignment in advance so that you know
what to ask.
Assignments
This course has weekly assignments.
After each lecture on Tuesday the assignment for that week
becomes available in Blackboard.
Each assignment consists of a reading list, a collection of exercises
for practice (further referred to as collection A) and a collection of
exercises to be handed in (collection B).
On Thursday there is a block of two exercise hours. See above.
These exercise hours can be used to learn more about the general
topics of the exercise (first hour), but you can also work
on the actual exercises (second hour).
The goal is that after the exercise hours you will have finished most
of the exercises in collection B.
The deadline for handing in your answers to the exercises of collection B
is Friday at 13.00.
There are two ways of handing in your assignments:
As a single PDF via the assignment module of Blackboard.
Of course you may create a good looking PDF with LaTeX or some other
application,
but you may also simply hand in a PDF scan of your hand written
assignment. (See below for help on scanning.) But make sure that your name and your group number
are on the first page of your document!
Furthermore note that:
Blackboard closes at 13.00 sharp.
So don't wait till 12.58 and notice that you don't have any
network connection or encounter any other problems
with Blackboard.
In case you missed the deadline: make a print of your
work and hand it in via the method described below.
On paper via the mail box (inleverbak)
on the ground floor in front of M1.00.09:
Please make sure that all your papers are stapled together
and that your name and group number are written on the
first page.
Furthermore note that:
This box is being emptied sometime between 13.00 and 13.30.
So if you missed the deadline by a few minutes your work will
probably be graded anyhow, but if you miss it by more than half
an hour, your work will not be found.
The student assistants will grade your work and put it in the
uitleverbak shown in the picture above.
Please collect your work!
Technically these assignments are not obligatory.
If you do the final exam and get a grade of 5.5 or higher you will
have passed the course!
However, if you want to use good results from the
intermediate tests to increase the grade of the final exam,
you will have to hand in these assignments in order to get at least
a 5.0 on average for these assignments.
Needless to say that even if you don't want to use the bonus
retrieved by doing the intermediate tests, it is still worthwhile to hand in
these assignments and get feedback on the quality of your work.
It happens quite often with this kind of mathematics that students
understand the general idea, but are not able to express this idea
explicitly on paper.
Scanning
Just for your convenience we provide a short
user guide
for scanning your homework on the KonicaMinolta multi functionals.
Note that you probably have to type the PIN-code "1111" beforen you can
do anything with these machines.
Literature
Book
This course uses a book as its main resource:
Kenneth H. Rosen: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications
We use the so-called Global edition, Seventh Edition, ISBN 978-0-07-131501-2.
The book (paper or e-book) can be bought via http://www.mheducation.co.uk, but you can also buy it via Thalia.
Within this course we roughly study half of the book,
but the book is also being used in the second year course Combinatorics.
You are obliged to have this book.
Lecture notes
The slides being used at the lectures will become available afterwards in Blackboard.
Background knowledge
Those of you who want to get a recap on high school mathematics
should read these to documents (in Dutch).
Experience from the past has shown that this is almost always
necessary for pre-master students and other
students that don't come directly from a Dutch VWO.
Wim Gielen: Rekenen: noodzakelijke voorkennis
voor alle β-studenten, available as PDF.
There are two separate schedules that you should keep track of for this course:
Use the personal schedule viewer to see when and where the lectures, exercise hours and the exams are.
Use the calendar in Blackboard to keep track of deadlines for assignments. (At the bottom of the page there is an option to include this calendar into other applications.)