Welcome to the Spring 2018 iteration of CIS 160!

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We have a course Piazza page.

We have a course Canvas page. It will be used for exam grading and attendance. Read carefully the collaboration policy posted on Canvas under Files. Canvas will also have the lecture recordings.

We have a course Gradescope. It will be used for homeworks. The entry code is MWYK74.

Most questions should be directed to Piazza. However, if you need to get in contact with the course staff for an urgent matter, please email us at CIS160-18sp-staff@googlegroups.com.


The course will cover at least some of the following topics (not necessarily in this order and not all-inclusive). See lectures for additional information.

  • Mathematical notation (sets, functions, operations, and relations): meaning and manipulation
  • Mathematical proofs: informal but rigorous
  • Combinatorics (counting techniques)
  • Discrete probability
  • Graph Theory


Grading will be weighted with the following breakdown:

  • 20% - Homework
  • 10% - Recitation Attendance
  • 20% - Midterm 1
  • 20% - Midterm 2
  • 30% - Final

Your lowest homework grade will be dropped when calculating final grades.


There is no required or recommended textbook for this course. A textbook that can be referred to for extra reading is ''Mathematics: A Discrete Introduction'' by E. A. Scheinerman. Detailed lecture notes will be posted on this website, typically in advance of the lecture.