This is the home page for INFO 150, an introductory undergraduate course in discrete mathematics and the mathematical method. It has been developed for use in a new degree program in the College of Information and Computer Sciences called "Informatics", which focuses on the application of computational principles and techniques to advance other disciplines. The intended audience for this course comprises students who intend to pursue computing, perhaps in programming courses for majors like CMPSCI 121 and 187, but could use more exposure to mathematical thinking first.

**Class Meetings:** The course will have two lecture meetings a
week, MW 2:30-3:45 in room CS 140. There will
graded activities in class, so attendance is **required**. (Bring a
paper and pencil.)

**Instructor Contact Info:**
Peter J. Haas, 204 CMPSCI building.

**Office Hours (Tentative):** Mon 4:30-5:30, Wed 10-11, and Thurs 1-2.

** Online Discussion Forum:** We will be
using Piazza
for online discussion.
Class announcements will be transmitted via Piazza and also posted on the course web page. Here are some ground rules for using Piazza:

- You must converse respectfully with each other and with the instructors.
- Posts are restricted to topics directly related to the class.
- You may post anonymously, but do not abuse this privilege
- You may ask for hints or clarifications, but do not simply ask for answers to the questions, or post such answers.
- You are encouraged to help other students via posting (subject to the above restrictions).
- For private matters you can post privately or email me.

**TA Contact Info:**TBD

**Prerequisites:** 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, though I expect that future versions will be R2
courses.) On the opposite end of the spectrum, someone who has taken MATH 132
or CMPSCI 187 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 are cheaper options of renting it or buying it used, e.g., on Amazon. 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.

- Course Requirements and Grading
- Homework Assignment Page
- Exam Directory
- Syllabus (Week-by-Week Schedule)
- Annotated lecture slides

**Announcements:**

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Last modified 25 March 2019