Representation, analysis, proof techniques, and principles for manipulation of basic combinatoric data structures used in computer science. Rigorous reasoning is emphasized. (Counts as a CS Background Course for the concentration.)You can fined the full syllabus here.
Basic (high school level) algebra, set theory and calculus.
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Tues-Thur 3:30-5:00 am, CAS 313.
I expect you to come to lectures (on time!) and I encourage you to participate. There is no perfect textbook for the class, and lectures are your important source of information. Be sure to take good notes.
Lab: MCS B23, Wed, 11:00am-12:00pm
Lab: MCS B23, Wed, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Lab: MCS B23, Wed, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Steve Homer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00 and Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 or by appointment.
Maryam Ghasemi email@example.com
Office Hours: Monday, 3:00 - 5:00 in PSY 223, and Wednesday 5-6 in the undergard lab at 730 Comm. Ave.
Maryam ’s office: PSY 223
The Teaching Fellow will lead the discussion sessions. The objective is to reinforce the concepts covered in the lectures, introduce some additional material and answer questions (or provide clarifications) regarding the homework assignments.
The purpose of the office hours of the Instructor and Teaching Fellow is to answer specific questions or clarify specific issues. Office hours are not to be used to fill you in on a class you skipped or to explain entire topics. Please come to class and to your discussion session.
There is no perfect textbook that covers all the material of this course from a CS perspective. The main textbook is, "How to Prove It," by Dan Velleman, published by Cambridge Press. We will often make use of the following online notes. Do not print anything yet! The notes are 339 pages long, so you might consider printing them out in chapters as we get to them rather than all at once. We won’t cover all chapters anyway.
Notes for MIT’s CS 6.042 course (PDF format), by Eric Lehman and Tom Leighton, 2004.
Together with the textbook and your lecture notes, these notes should be quite sufficient, but if for some reason you want to do additional reading, you might consider some discrete mathematics book, e.g., Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, by Kenneth H. Rosen, McGraw Hill. However, be warned: each discrete math book has its weaknesses and the books can be quite expensive!
I encourage you to discuss course material and even problem sets with other students in the class (e.g. on the class mailing list), subject to the following rules:
You must write up your solutions completely on your own (and certainly without looking at other people’s write-ups).
In your solution to each problem, you must write the names of those with whom you discussed it.
You must include citations of all the materials you have used beyond the class notes and the textbook.
You may not consult solution manuals or other people’s solutions from similar courses or prior years of this course.
I expect you to follow these rules as well as the academic conduct code of CAS/GRS. If you have any questions or are not sure what is appropriate, consult me before taking steps that you are afraid may violate the rules.
If you violate the academic conduct code, you will be reported to the Academic Conduct Committee.