Matthew L. Wright
Assistant Professor, St. Olaf College

Discrete Mathematical Reasoning

Math 234 ⋅ Fall 2022

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Thursday
September 8
Do the following before next class:
  • Complete the Introductory Survey, if you haven't done so already.
  • Read the Syllabus (via the tab above), paying special attention to the learning objectives and grading information.
  • Read Chapter 1 in the textbook and begin Homework 1, which is due next Thursday.
  • Read Section 2.1 in the textbook and complete the preview exercises, distributed in class. The preview exercises are due at the beginning of the next class session!
Tuesday
September 13
Logic of Compound Statements
Do the following before next class:
  • Review the problems and solutions from class (posted above).
  • Finish Homework 1, which is due on Thursday. Submit your solutions to the Homework 1 assignment on Moodle.
  • Begin Homework 2, which is due next Tuesday.
  • Read Sections 2.2 and 2.3 in the textbook and complete the preview exercises, distributed in class. The preview exercises are due at the beginning of the next class session!
Thursday
September 15
Logic of Compound Statements
Do the following before next class:
  • Review the problems and solutions from class (posted above).
  • Finish Homework 2, which is due on Tuesday. Submit your solutions to the Homework 2 assignment on Moodle.
  • Begin Homework 3, which is due next Thursday.
  • Read Section 3.1 in the textbook and complete the preview exercises, distributed in class. The preview exercises are due at the beginning of the next class session!
Tuesday
September 20
Logic of Quantified Statements

Bonus video: John Urschel-NFL Math Whiz

Do the following before next class:
  • Review the problems and solutions from class (posted above).
  • Finish Homework 3, which is due on Thursday. Submit your solutions to the Homework 3 assignment on Moodle.
  • Begin Homework 4, which is due next Tuesday.
  • Read Section 3.2 in the textbook and complete the preview exercises, distributed in class. The preview exercises are due at the beginning of the next class session!
  • Review conditional statements and truth tables from Chapter 1. Thursday's class will be our first quiz day: quizzes will be on learning objectives L1 and L2 (see the syllabus).
Thursday
September 22
Logic of Quantified Statements
Quiz Day
objectives L1 and L2
Do the following before next class:
  • Review the problems and solutions from class (posted above).
  • Finish Homework 4, which is due on Tuesday. Submit your solutions to the Homework 4 assignment on Moodle.
  • Begin Homework 5, which is due next Thursday.
  • Read Section 4.1 in the textbook and complete the preview exercises, distributed in class. Bring your completed preview exercises to the next class.
Tuesday
September 27
Number Theory and Proofs

Bonus videos: Satyan Devadoss — Blue Collar Mathematics and Mage Merlin's Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries

  MSCS Tailgate Party: Wednesday, September 28, 4:30–6:30pm in Tomson 280 (masks required) and outside

Do the following before next class:
  • Review the problems and solutions from class. Read Section 4.2 in the text.
  • Finish Homework 5, which is due on Thursday. Submit your solutions to the Homework 5 assignment on Moodle.
  • Begin Homework 6, which is due next Tuesday. Especially for this homework, it is highly recommended to start early and ask questions!
  • Read Section 4.3 in the text and complete the preview exercises. Bring your completed preview exercises to the next class.
Thursday
September 29
Number Theory and Proofs
Quiz Day
objective L3
Do the following before next class:
  • Review the problems and solutions from class.
  • Finish Homework 6, which is due on Tuesday. Submit your solutions to the Homework 6 assignment on Moodle.
  • Begin Homework 7, which is due next Thursday.
  • Read Sections 4.4 and 4.5 in the textbook and complete the preview exercises, distributed in class. Bring your completed preview exercises to the next class.
Tuesday
October 4
Number Theory and Proofs

  Oct. 4: Math Across the Cannon featuring Satyan Devadoss colloquium 3:30pm at Carleton; public lecture 7pm in Viking Theater

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Thursday
October 6
Sequences, Induction, and Recursion
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Tuesday
October 11
Sequences, Induction, and Recursion
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Thursday
October 13
Sequences, Induction, and Recursion
Enjoy fall break! No class October 18.
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Thursday
October 20
Set Theory
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Tuesday
October 25
Set Theory
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Thursday
October 27
Functions
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Tuesday
November 1
Functions
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Thursday
November 3
Big-O Notation
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Tuesday
November 8
Big-O Notation
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Thursday
November 10
Relations
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Tuesday
November 15
Relations
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Thursday
November 17
Relations
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Tuesday
November 22
Relations
Have a Thanksgiving! No class November 24.
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Tuesday
November 29
Counting and Probability
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Thursday
December 1
Counting and Probability
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Tuesday
December 6
Counting and Probability
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Thursday
December 8
Counting and Probability
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Tuesday
December 13
Counting and Probability
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Saturday
December 17
Final Exam Period 2:00–4:00pm