 
Summary: Math 2020 Spring 2011
Solving Discrete Problems P. Achar
Course Information
Professor: Pramod N. Achar TA: Jesse Levitt
Office: 266 Lockett Hall Office: 383 Lockett Hall
Email: pramod@math.lsu.edu Email: jlevit3@lsu.edu
Office hours: Mon. and Wed. 1:30pm2:30pm Office hour: Thurs. 2:00pm3:00pm
Phone: 5787990
Webpage: http://www.math.lsu.edu/~pramod/
If you cannot make it to my office hours, you may arrange to meet with me at another time by appointment.
Textbook. M. Beck and R. Geoghegan, The Art of Proof: Basic Training for Deeper Mathematics, Springer,
New York, 2010.
Course outline. This semester, we will cover Chapters 17 and about four or five additional chapters to
be determined later (perhaps Chapters 8, 9, 13, B, and D), roughly at the rate of one chapter a week.
Homework. Homework assignments will be due approximately once a week. Unlike in your previous
mathematics courses, the homework will consist almost exclusively of writing proofs. The goal is to explain
your reasoning precisely; this will almost always mean writing in complete sentences and paragraphs.
You must hand in all the homework questions each week. Your homework will be checked for completeness,
but usually, only a few questions each week will be graded in detail.
Presenting Proofs in Class. On Friday of most weeks, a few of you will present some proofs from that
