Winter 2020

Course Information

**Course Web**: Contact information for
instructor and teaching assistants, calendar,
handouts, an archive of all mail sent to the class mailing list,
and discussion board will be available on the course web.

**Textbook (required)**: Dimitri
P. Bertsekas and John N. Tsitsiklis, Introduction to
Probability, First Edition, Athena Scientific, 2000, available
free online
at http://vfu.bg/en/e-Learning/Math--Bertsekas_Tsitsiklis_Introduction_to_probability.pdf.
We are likely to cover material from Chapters 1-5 and 7. In addition,
we will cover some statistics material not in this textbook. Most of
the material can also be found by following the link "Previous quarter
slides" on the course web.

**Reference (optional)**:
Kenneth H. Rosen, Discrete Mathematics and Its
Applications, 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. You must use
Gradescope
to upload your homework solutions. You have been enrolled in the
CSE 312 Gradescope roster with your uw.edu email. If you haven't
set your Gradescope password using your uw.edu email, go
here.

For each homework assignment, you will submit a single PDF file containing your solutions to all the exercises in the homework. You may typeset your solutions on a computer or you can handwrite them, take a photo of (or scan) each handwritten page, and convert the photos into a single PDF file. Popular choices for typesetting mathematics are Microsoft Word (be sure to use its Equation Editor and save as PDF) and LaTeX. We have provided some help on typesetting math and some homework templates.

**Grading, Late Policy, and Regrades**: The
course grade will be based on approximately 8 homework assignments
(50%), a midterm exam (20%), and a final exam (30%). Percentages are
approximate. Late homework assignments will be accepted (but
penalized 25%) up to 48 hours after the due date-and-time, and not
accepted thereafter, barring major emergencies. If you believe a
mistake was made grading your homework, initiate a regrade request via
Gradescope
explaining the mistake you believe was made. But before you do that,
you must ensure that you understand the grader's comments and the
correct answer. Regrade requests must be made with one week of the
time that scores are published on Gradescope.

**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:

- You may not work as a partner with another student on an assignment.
- You may not show another student your solution to an assignment.
- You may not have another person (current student, former student, tutor, friend, anyone) "walk you through" how to solve an assignment.
- You may not look at other people's written solutions to
problems, not in your friends' notes, not in the dorm files, and
**not on the internet**.

**Mailing List and Discussion Board**: The
class mailing list is cse312a_wi20{at}uw.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 feel free to use the Discussion Board (linked from
the main course web page) 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 and the discussion board. 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 Disability Resources for Student Services,
011 Mary Gates, 206-543-8924, uwdrs{at}uw.edu.
Please refer to university policies regarding
disability accommodations and
religious accommodations.