(MATH 4803, Spring 2018)

**Webpage:** bridge2math.gatech.edu

**Place and time:**Fri 3:00pm-5:45pm, Clough 129**Instructor:**Anton Leykin**Office:**Skiles 109**Email:**leykin@math.gatech.edu

**Office hours:**Thu 1:30pm-2:30pm, or by appointment**Goals:**- learn the card game of bridge;
- review selected topics in discrete mathematics: logic and probability theory;
- apply the latter to the former;
- develop probabilistic intuition.

**Learning resourses:**- some are (or will be) posted in Bridge Resources and Math Resources;
- some materials will be handed out in the class.

**Homework/Quizzes/Exams/Project:**- several bridge and math problems will be assigned each week; turn in
*three*problems of your choice at the beggining of the class; - quizzes and exams (longer quizzes) will take place at the beginning of the class;
- each quiz will include at least one (similar to) homework problem; the quizzes will be taken by randomly assigned groups of three people;
- two exams, taken individually, require detailed explanations of your calculations and reasoning;
- teams will be formed before the second half of the semester; a team will be assigned projects either of math nature (e.g., tournament movements, math of shuffling, etc.) or that of bridge (e.g., addon conventions, nonstandard defensive signals, etc.)

- several bridge and math problems will be assigned each week; turn in
**Grades:**A = 90+%, B = 80+%, C = 70+%, D = 60+%.- The total % comprises
homework (checked, not graded in detail) 10% attendance and participation 15% ten quizzes (taken in a small group; graded) 20% two exams (Feb 9 and Mar 9) (taken individually; graded) 30% two projects (2-3 page team report; short presentation in class) 25% - The final (on Friday, April 27, 6:00pm-8:50pm) is the final tournament,
*not*a final exam; it will count only toward the "attendance and participation".

- The total % comprises
**Tournaments:**- Each class period will include a bridge mini-tournament followed by a discussion and game analysis.
- The tournament performance will not affect the grades.
- Small prizes will be awarded to the winners.