Math 580
Combinatorial Mathematics, Fall 2012

Instructor:   Jozsef   Balogh
Office: 233B Illini Hall
Phone: (217) 244-1918 (office)
Time and place: 12:00- 12:50pm MWF, 447 Altgeld Hall
Problem Session: Monday 3-5:00pm 145 Altgeld Hall
Office Hour: by appointment, designated time: Wednesday, Friday 2:00-2:50pm
Make up: Wednesday 3-5pm 145 AH
Midterm exam: October 24 Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm. 1027 Lincoln Hall
Final exam: December 18: 7:00-10:00 PM, Tuesday.

Make up class: Thursday 10-11am 447 AH
Advice for Homework:
Homework is usually due on Wednesdays, with solutions distributed on Fridays. Start early on homework assignments, and ask questions if anything is unclear or if you need guidance. I can provide a push in the right direction when people get stuck. The purpose of the homework is to help students understand the ideas, so it is okay to toss around some thoughts with others. Be sure to write up solutions on your own. Solutions should include full justifications in sentences.
The text and class cover classical examples, and working other problems for homework leads to deeper understanding. I try to cover by Friday almost all of what is needed to do the homework for the next week; sometimes there will be an item or two left for Monday.
I hold voluntary collaborative study sessions on Monday 3:00-4:50pm. Students discuss the homework in small groups; I listen and answer questions. Whether you attend or not, you should still try to solve the problems before Monday. The Monday discussion is more beneficial if you have already tried the problems.
Homework allows you to choose five out of six problems to write up,. Problems are worth 5 points each, so the maximum score/homework is 25 points. The test problems are chosen among the recommended problems.