MATH 4803 (HP, LEY), Fall 2023

**Webpage:** bridge2math.gatech.edu

**Place and time:**Clough 129, Fri 2:00pm-4:45pm**Instructor:**Anton Leykin**Office:**Skiles 109**Email:**leykin@math.gatech.edu (talking in person is preferred to email)

**Office hours:**2:00pm-3:00pm on Wednesdays, 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 resources:**- some are (or will be) posted in Bridge Resources and Math Resources;
- some materials will be handed out in class or posted to Canvas.

**Homework/Quizzes/Exams/Project:**- several bridge and math problems will be assigned each week; turn in by the begining of the next class;
- 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;
- teams of 4-5 people 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., add-on conventions, nonstandard defensive signals, etc.)

**Grades:**A = 90+%, B = 80+%, C = 70+%, D = 60+%.- The total % comprises

attendance/participation 10% homework (checked, not graded in detail) 30% ten quizzes (taken in a random group of three students; graded) 30% two projects (2-3 page team report; short presentation in class) 30%

- The total % comprises
**Tournaments:**- The second half of each class meeting will feature an individual or team tournament.
- It may be followed by a discussion and some game analysis.
- The tournament performance will not affect the grades.
- The final is... a tournament! It counts toward participation.
- The winners of the tournaments would receive (small) prizes!

**Attendance:******Every student is*expected to attend the entire class period*(barring unforeseen emergencies: e.g., medical, personal, internet connectivity, etc.)

This is dictated by the nature of the class (e.g., it may be impossible for a team that is missing more than one player to play a tournament).- We will have an ample number of breaks in the class (time to stretch, go to the bathroom, etc.)