This is the home page for INFO 150. INFO 150 is an introductory undergraduate course in discrete mathematics and the mathematical method. It is primarily intended for students in a degree program in the College of Information and Computer Sciences called "Informatics", a program that teaches computational thinking at a less technical level than the Computer Science majors. The intended audience for this course is students who intend to pursue computing, perhaps in programming courses for majors like CICS 110 and 160, but could use more exposure to mathematical thinking first.

**Instructor Contact Info:**
David Mix Barrington, 210 CMPSCI
building, 545-4329, office hours for Fall 2024
Monday 2:30-3:30 (in person), Tuesday 10-11 a.m. (on Zoom),
and Thursday 2:30-3:30 (in person).

I generally answer my email fairly reliably. I will also answer this email as well, but less reliably.

**TA Contact Info:**

- TA: Brett Mullins, bmullins@umass.edu
- TA: Atharva Nijasure, anijasure@umass.edu
- UCA: Mari Cornwall-Brady, hcornwallbra@umass.edu
- UCA: Adithi Sharan, asharan@umass.edu

The material of the course does not overlap much with that of the conventional pre-calculus and calculus courses, but it will demand some basic skill in calculation. There is no formal prerequisite, but an average high-school math background will be useful (e.g., the University's R1 gen-ed requirement). (This course does not carry gen-ed credit itself, mostly because INFO majors have no need for another R2.)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, someone who has taken both MATH 132
and
CICS 210 probably has *too much* mathematical maturity to be in
the
appropriate audience for this course.

The textbook for the course is Discrete Mathematics: Mathematical Reasoning and Proof with Puzzles, Patterns, and Games by Douglas E. Ensley and J Winston Crawley. The UMass Amazon virtual bookstore has been informed about the book. It's pretty expensive, but there is the cheaper options of buying it used (I didn't see options of renting it or getting the e-book on the Amazon site, but they may exist). Do not buy the paperback "solutions manual" in place of the hardcover textbook. We'll work through most of the book, with specific sections as specified on the syllabus.

The course will meet for two lecture meetings a week, Tuesday and
Thursday
4:00-5:15 p.m., in Morrill Science Center (III) room 203.
There may well be graded
activity in every class section, so attendance is **required**.

- Full Syllabus
- Course Requirements and Grading
- Learning Goals for the Course
- Homework Assignment Page (NOT YET)
- Exam Directory (empty so far)
- Lecture-by-Lecture Schedule
- Notes for Lectures (NOT YET)

**Announcements (3 September 2024):**

- (3 September) Added Dave's OH.
- (2 September) The full syllabus and the learning goals are now available.
- (27 August) The numbers for the grade requirements are up, and the schedule now includes the dates for homework assignments.
- (25 August) The schedule is up except for homework due dates. The course requirements page is in progress -- it's missing the numbers for the weights of grade components.
- (4 July) I've posted the skeleton version for this web page. The last time I taught this course was in Fall 2017, so there are going to be some changes still to be worked out. Much of the remaining items on this site are still just copies of the 2017 versions, but they will be updated over the summer.

Last modified 3 September 2024