CSE 312: Foundations of Computing II
Spring 2013
Course Information

Course Web: Contact information for instructor and teaching assistants, office hours, calendar, handouts, and an archive of all mail sent to the class mailing list will be available on the course web at the following URL: http://www.cs.washington.edu/312

Textbook (required): Dimitri P. Bertsekas and John N. Tsitsiklis, Introduction to Probability, Second Edition, Athena Scientific, 2008. We are likely to cover material from Chapters 1-5 and 9.

Reference (optional): Kenneth H. Rosen, Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, Seventh Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012. If you already own a copy from CSE 311, keep it for reference. Some students have said they like its coverage of counting (Chapters 6 and 8) and discrete probability (Chapter 7).

Reading Assignments and Homework: Reading assignments and homework will be found in the Calendar on the course web.

Grading: The course grade will be based on approximately 8 homework assignments (45%), quick "daily" exercises (5%), a midterm exam (20%), and a final exam (30%). Percentages are approximate. Daily exercises will be graded as credit/no-credit, with credit received for a credible effort showing basic understanding. Late homework assignments will be accepted (but penalized 25%) up to the start of the next lecture, and not accepted thereafter, barring major emergencies. Late daily exercises will not be accepted.

Policy on Collaboration: You are to complete homework assignments individually. You may discuss the assignment in general terms with other students, including a discussion of how to approach the problem, but the solution you write must be your own. The intent is to allow you to have helpful brainstorming sessions when you are stuck, but this help should be limited and should never involve details of how to solve the problem. A good rule of thumb is that you should never carry away anything written from one of these brainstorming sessions: if you cannot recreate the solution on your own later, then you do not truly understand the solution and you have received too much help from your collaborator. You must abide by the following rules:

Mailing List: The class mailing list is cse312a_sp13{at}u.washington.edu. Instructions for subscribing to the class mailing list can be found on the course web. The course web also contains an archive of all mail sent to this list. We will use the list for announcements of general interest to the class. Students should also feel free to use it to ask questions, post information (though, of course, not hints of homework solutions), or initiate discussions of general interest to the class. The instructor and TAs are subscribed to the mailing list. Questions or comments that are not of general interest to the class should instead be directed to a TA or instructor at the addresses on the main course web page.

Special Accommodations: If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8924 (V/TDD). If you already have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please let the instructor know so we can discuss the appropriate accommodations.