Math 320, sections 001-002:  Algorithm Design & Optimization 1

Homework Assignments

Reading Assignments

Instructor:  Paul Jenkins
Office:  282 TMCB, 801-422-5868
Lecture: 9/10 AM MWF, 108/112 TMCB
Office hours:  2:00-2:50 PM TThF or by appointment
Textbook: Foundations of Applied Mathematics volume 2: Algorithms, Approximation, Optimization by Jeffrey Humpherys and Tyler J. Jarvis.

TA:David Reber,
Office hours: 4-4:50 MTThF, 300 TMCB

Grading:  Homework 35%, reading assignments 10%, two midterms 15% each, final exam 25%. Grades will be available on BYU Learning Suite.

Exams: In the testing center on October 18-19 and November 15-16.  The final exam will be on Monday December 18 from 7-10 AM for both sections.  The final exam will cover all material studied this semester.

Homework: Homework will be assigned each day throughout the semester, and will be due at 9:00 AM in class on the class day after it is assigned.  Homework assignments will be posted on the course webpage and will generally include all unstarred problems from the section covered.  Your homework should be neat and should include enough detail that another student from the class could follow your arguments.  Homework that is not stapled, is excessively sloppy, or is written on paper torn from a spiral notebook may receive less than full credit.  Late homework will not be accepted.  Working in groups on homework is encouraged, but each student should write up each problem, without looking at other students’ written solutions.  The lowest three homework assignments will be dropped.

Prerequisites: Math 112, 113, 290, 313, 314, 341, CS 142 or equivalent.

Minimal learning outcomes: See

This is a 3 credit class.  The BYU Catalog states that “The expectation for undergraduate courses is three hours of work per week per credit hour for the average student who is appropriately prepared; much more time may be required to achieve excellence.”  Thus, an average student should expect to spend at least 6 hours per week, and possibly much more, outside of lecture on working problems, reading the textbook, reviewing concepts, and completing assignments.

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