Discrete Math: What's it all about? Math 1450
Instructor Niloufer Mackey
Prerequisite. Math 1220 or Math 1700 (Calculus) and a computer programming language with a grade of C or better.
Text. Discrete Mathematics, Dossey, Otto, Spence, Vanden Eynden, 5th ed., Addison Wesley, 2006. Please bring this text with you to every class.

Why the prerequisites? Calculus is required not because we use it extensively, but because you need to possess some mathematical maturity, have the ability to conduct mathematical arguments, and possess the mathematical stamina that calculus builds. The programming requirement is there because then you can better understand the value of, and appreciate the difficulty of not just proving a result, but proving it in an elegant and constructible way that can be translated into a step-by-step procedure, in short, an efficient algorithm that can be programmed into a computer.

Here are some of the questions we will be addressing in this course:

Hope this piques your interest, and makes you into an active, regular participant in the course!
Niloufer Mackey
Last modified: Fri Dec 1 18:21:43 EST 2006

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