CSci 1302 Foundations of Computer Science - Syllabus.

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The course timeline

While I try to follow the timeline as closely as possible, keep in mind that topics, dates, and deadlines are subject to change. Changes to deadlines will be announced in class or by e-mail. It is your responsibility to keep up with the changes. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask me.

The dates for the midterms are set. If you have any conflicts with those dates, please let me know as soon as possible. No makeup exams will be given unless circumstances beyond your control prevented you from taking the test at the scheduled time AND you have notified me (in person, by e-mail, or by phone) in advance or, if this was not possible, as soon as it became possible.

Both the midterm and the final exams are open book, open notes.

All reading is from Discrete Mathematics with Applications by Susanna S. Epp (3rd edition), unless specified otherwise.

Late problem sets policy: Problem sets are due in the beginning of the class on the due date. If a problem set is submitted at (or before) the next class meeting after the due date, it is graded out of 3/4 credit. If it is submitted any time after the next meeting (until the last class meeting), then it is graded out of 1/2 credit.
Problem sets submitted more than 5 minutes after beginning of the class may be considered late.

Groups for problem sets

Working together with other students on problem sets helps you understand the material better. You may hand in group assignments (two students per group). Hand in one assignment from the entire group with names of both students on the first page. Groups are not set in stone for the entire semester, it's perfectly OK to change them or do some problem sets on your own, just make sure to coordinate it with the other person in your group. However, you cannot do a part of a problem set on your own and a part in collaboration or a part in one group and a part in another.

Working in groups helps learning only if all students in the group discuss all of the problems and participate equally. It doesn't help you learn if you divide problems among the group members (so that one person works on one problem and another works on another) or if one person does most of the work, and the other just puts their name on it. If you feel that group participation is uneven, it's time to talk to your partner(s) and possibly to change your group or to start working individually.

Discussion with students other than those in your group (or anyone not in this class) should be limited to general approaches to the problem. All such discussions as well as use of sources other than the textbook and the handouts given in class must be acknowledged in the beginning of the problem solution.

Studying in groups

Studying in groups is strongly encouraged. You may study for tests, go over textbook materials or lecture notes, and discuss problem sets in general terms (i.e. without actually writing the formulas or giving out the answers).

In-class quizzes

There will be approximately 10-12 quizzes during the semester. A quiz will be about 10-15 minutes and will be based on recent material (including the material of the previous class meeting and the assigned reading). Quizzes are open book: you may use your notes and the textbook and your notes on a quiz. Quiz dates will not be announced in advance.

Missed quizzes are counted as 0. The lowest quiz grade in the semester will be dropped (i.e. it will not contribute to overall grade).

Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1: January 22 - 25
Martin Luther King Day, no classes Introduction, course overview.
Logical systems, scientific theories, mathematical models.
Propositional logic: statements and connectives.
Reading: Ch. 1.1
Problem set 1: Statements, logical equivalence. Due Fri., Feb 1.)
Week 2: January 28 - February 1
Statements and connectives (continue); truth tables
Logical equivalence.
Conditional and biconditional statements.
Reading: Ch. 1.2
Problem set 1 due
Problem set 2: Logical equivalence (cont.) (due Wedn., Feb. 6)
Week 3: February 4 - 8
Valid and invalid arguments. Logical deduction.
Reading: Ch. 1.3
Logical deduction (continue)
Problem set 2 due
Problem set 3: Logical deduction. (due Wedn., Feb. 13)
Digital circuits.
Reading: Ch. 1.4
Week 4: February 11 - 15
Digital circuits and number manipulation.
Reading: Ch. 1.4
Digital circuits and number manipulation (cont.).
Problem set 3 due
Problem set 4: Digital circuits and number manipulation. (due Wedn., Feb. 20)
Introduction to quantifiers and predicates.
Reading: Ch. 2.1
Week 5: February 18 - 22
Formulas with quantifiers.
Equivalence of quantified formulas.
Reading: Ch. 2.2.
Problem set 4 due
Problem set 5: Quantifiers and predicates. (due Wedn., Feb. 27)
Equivalence of quantified formulas (cont.)
Scope of quantifiers, bound and free variables.
Week 6: February 25 - 29
Statements containing multiple quantifiers, their equivalence.
Equivalence of formulas with multiple quantifiers.
Reading: Ch. 2.3
Deduction in predicate logic
Reading: Ch. 2.4
Problem set 5 due
Problem set 6: Equivalence of quantified formulas (due Wedn., March 5)
Deduction in predicate logic (cont.)
Reading: Ch. 3.1, handout
Week 7: March 3 - 7
Deduction in predicate logic (cont.)
Reading: Ch. 3.2, 3.3
Deduction in predicate logic (cont.)
Reading: Ch. 3.4, 3.6
Problem set 6 due
Problem set 7: Deduction in predicate logic (due Wedn., March 12)
Proving correctness of algorithms.
Reading: Ch. 3.8
Week 8: March 10 - 14
Introduction to mathematical induction.
Reading: Ch. 4.1, 4.2
Mathematical induction (cont.).
Reading: Ch. 4.3, 4.4.
Problem set 7 due
Mathematical induction (cont.).
Problem set 8: correctness of algorithms, mathematical induction (due Monday, March 31)
March 17 - 21. Spring break, no classes
Week 9: 24 - 28
Review for the exam
Midterm exam.
Covers material up to (including) Friday, March 7.
Introduction to loops in imperative programming languages.
Loop invariants.
Reading: Ch. 4.5
Week 10: March 31 - April 4
More on loop invariants.
Problem set 8 due
Problem set 9: Loop invariants, efficiency of algorithms (due Wedn., April 9)
Efficiency of algorithms, Big-Oh notation
Reading: 9.1, 9.2
Efficiency of algorithms
Reading: 9.3, 9.4
Week 11: April 7 - 11
Efficiency of algorithms (cont.)
Reading: 9.5
Introduction to sets, basic concepts of set theory.
Reading: Ch. 5.1.
Problem set 9 due.
Problem set 10: Efficiency of algorithms. (due Wedn., April 16).
Set operations
Week 12: April 14 - 18
Proving properties of sets.
Reading: Ch. 5.2, 5.3
Relations (introduction).
Reading: Ch. 10.1
Problem set 10 due.
Problem set 11: sets, operations on sets (due Wedn., April 23)
Relations (cont.), composition of relations.
Week 13: April 21 - 25
Properties of relations; functions
Reading: Ch. 10.2, 10.3
Relational closures
Problem set 11 due.
Problem set 12: Relations, relational closures, equivalence classes (due Wedn., April 30)
Partial order relations
Reading: 10.5
Week 14: April 28 - May 2
Reading: Ch. 11.1, 11.2
Graph representations, adjacency matrices
Reading: Ch. 11.3
Problem set 12 due.
Problem set 13: Partial order relations, graphs (due Wedn., May 7)
Graph isomorphism; Trees.
Reading: Ch. 11.4, 11.5.
Week 15: May 5 - 9
Graph traversals.
Reading: TBA
Catch up and discussion.
Problem set 13 due.
Last day of classes
Review and wrap up.
Last day to submit any late work.
Final exam: Wednesday, May 14, 8:30-10:30am.

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