Independent Study on

Math 295 — Spring 2014

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**Instructor:** Jonathan
Poritz
**Office:** PM 248
**E-mail:**
`jonathan.poritz@gmail.com`

**Phone:** 549-2044 (office — any time); 357-MATH
(personal;please use sparingly)

**Meetings with Instructor:** W1-2pm at PM 248

**Text:** * Introduction to Algorithms,
(3^{rd} edition)*, by Thomas Cormen, Charles
Leiserson, Ronald Rivest, and Clifford Stein. (MIT Press, 2009. ISBN:
9780262033848; available here and here)

**Course Content/Objective:** This course is intended as an acceptable
substitute for Math 345, about which the
Catalog says:

An introduction to data structures, sorting, searching, recurrence relations and performance measures. Algorithms will be studied analytically and through computer implementation.

**Prerequisites:** For Math 345 the catalog requires a satisfactory grade
(C or higher) in Math 207 (Matrix and Vector Algebra) and Math 224 (Calculus
II). In addition, students should be comfortable with at least one computer
language.

**Postrequisites:** This course (when officially called Math 345) is a
requirement for the Minor in Computational Mathematics.

**Workload:** There will be (approximately) biweekly homework
assignments, (approximately) biweekly quizzes, two larger tests, and a final
project. Students may work together — in fact, they are encouraged to
do so — on the homework and final project; quizzes and the tests will
be performed individually.

**Grades:** In each grading category, the total points possible will be
multiplied by a normalizing factor so as to come to 100. Then the different
categories will be combined, each weighted by the "course %" from the following
table, to compute your total course points out of 100. Your letter grade will
then be computed in a manner not more strict than the traditional "90-100% is
an **A**, 80-90% a **B**, *etc.*" method. *It is the policy of
the Department of Mathematics and Physics that fractioned course grades (plusses
and minuses) will NOT be assigned.*

pts each | # of such | # dropped | revision % | course % | |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

Homework: | 20 | ≈8 | 1 | 50% | 25% |

Quizzes: | 20 | ≈8 | 1 | 50% | 25% |

Tests: | >100 | 2 | 0 | 50% | 25% |

Final Project: | >200 | 1 | 0 | 0% | 25% |

**Students with disabilities:** This University abides by the Americans
with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which
stipulate that no student shall be denied the benefits of education "solely by
reason of a handicap." If you have a documented disability that may impact your
work in this class for which you may require accommodations, please see the
Disability Resource Coordinator as soon as possible to arrange accommodations.
In order to receive accommodations, you must be registered with and provide
documentation of your disability to: the Disability Resource Office, which is
located in the Library and Academic Resources Center, Suite 169.