Welcome to the home page for the Computer Science Department's Theory of Computation course CAS CS 332. This is the starting point for online course information and documentation.

The class is taught by Steve Homer (homer@bu.edu) whose office hours are Monday 11-12, Wednesday 2:00-3:00 and Thursday 2:00-3:00 in MCS 281.

Please consult the syllabus for the details of the course, grading and other course information.

The Teaching Fellows this semester are Maryam Ghasemi (ghasemi@bu.edu) Office Hours: Tueseday 3:30-5:30 and Thursday 4-5 in PSY 223 and Oxana Poburinnaya (oxanapob@bu.edu) Office Hours: Mon 4:30-6:00, Wed 11-12:30 in PSY 225

The three sections for our class are

A copy of the midterm with (brief) answers given is here.

Here is a short but very complete example of a computable reduction.

Here is the most recent CS 332 course news.

Here is the current homework: HW

Here are the previous homeworks:

  1. HW0
  2. HW1
  3. HW2
  4. HW3
  5. HW4
  6. HW5

Here are some brief answers to some of the problems in

  1. HW0
  2. HW1
  3. HW2
  4. HW3

Here you can find Alan Turing's 1937 paper where Turing machines were first defined.

Here is an overview of course policy.

CS 332 is the main undergraduate course in computability theory and complexity within the computer science curriculum. Students will learn about Turing machines, universal computation, Church's thesis, decidability, reductions, a variety of unsolvable problems, resource bounded complexity, and common complexity classes.

The following list of pointers provides access to information concerning the course.