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I need advice with my Discrete Structures class

  1. Apr 30, 2008 #1
    I need advice with my "Discrete Structures" class

    Hi everyone, I'm a sophomore undergraduate student at the Polytechnic University Of Puerto Rico, currently majoring in "Computer Engineering", for the record this university works by trimesters. I'm currently getting a bit frustrated with my "Discrete Structures or Discrete Mathematics" class i started very well with a 24/30 on my first test, and i have 10/10 in all homework's, but... in the second test i failed miserably with a 8/30 :frown: which is really frustrating. My last test is on May 14, and even with a 30/30 i will get a C in the class which will probably take me out of the honor program. I do not know what to do, if drop it or try to get as close to a B and hope the professor give me 1 - 3 points which is what i need to arrive the B.

    In this class:

    Each test = 30% of the final grade
    Homework's = 10% of the final grade

    Any advice is appreciated. I would like to mention that I'm only having problems with this class in all the other classes "Calculus II, Physics I - Mechanics + Lab., Comp Programming I + Lab." i have A in all.
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  3. Apr 30, 2008 #2
    Whoever told me Discrete Mathematics was gonna be easy lied! Well, in all seriousness, I'm not sure how it is at your school, but at the one I attend the professor expected A LOT from their students. Its like if you couldn't prove Fermat's Last Theorem in 30 minutes, you failed... naturally were like 5 students left at the end of the semester & half of those students failed.

    You could drop, but I think most transfer colleges know a W=F. Though it would save your GPA & protect you from getting kicked from your honors program. A W is slightly better than an F. One C isn't going to hurt you too much if you've got all other As.
  4. Apr 30, 2008 #3
    Talk to your profesor and ask him if there is anything you can do to make up for that test, like an extra assignment, a paper, something like that. Let him know you care about the class but your grade is really important also as you are in honors.
    An extra assignment could give you just what you need to get a B
  5. Apr 30, 2008 #4
    Thanks both for the advice, as kuahji say the class is no easy and the professor the first day said that he expected a lot from us since we work by trimesters the class goes very fast, we started in March 4 and we almost covered the whole "Schaum's Outlines in Discrete Mathematics book" there's only like 3 chapters left, the class theory book is "Discrete Mathematics and its Applications by Rosen". Also the professor said that at the end only about 10 will remain, which from what I'm seeing is going to be true, my class started with 35 students, today there was around 18 - 22 people in the class room.

    Well today i was talking with some people of the class about asking the professor for an extra assignment since the average of the test was 15/30 which means most of the class failed in the test. We are going to make a petition next class to the professor for an extra 5 or 10 points homework for bonus. :D Let's see what happens i decide i wont drop out, and i will try to get a 26 or 28/30 in next test to get as close to the B as possible, at least I'm very clear with the material for next test :D.
  6. Apr 30, 2008 #5


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    I hate Rosen's book personally.
  7. Apr 30, 2008 #6
    I hate it too, but i love the Schaum's outline, i use outlines for every class except programming lol. :approve:
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