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Vietnam National University, Hanoi

College of Technology

CS281 - Discrete Structures

Spring, 2008

Student Manual

Letter to student

To the Student:

This course and this Student Manual reflect a collective effort led by your instructor. This course is an important component of our academic program. Although it has been offered for many years, this latest version represents an attempt to expand the range of sources of information and instruction, so that the course continues to be up-to-date and the methods well suited to what is to be learned.

You will be asked from time to time to offer feedback on how the Student Manual is working and how the course is progressing. Your comments will inform the development team about what is working, and what requires attention. Our goal is to help you learn what is important about this particular field, and to eventually succeed as a professional applying what you learn in this course.

This Student Manual is designed to assist you through the course by providing specific information about student responsibilities including requirements, timelines and evaluations.

I hope you enjoy the course.

Faculty information

Name: Bui The Duy Office Location: 306, E3 Building

Email: duybt@vnu.edu.vn

Office Hours: 8am-5pm, weekdays

Before or after class: 10am-11am, Tuesday

Support personnel:

• Le Thi Hoi – Assistant, 306, E3 Building

• Ngo Thi Duyen – Assistant, 306, E3 Building

• Ma Thi Chau – Assistant, 306, E3 Building


Purpose of the course

The main goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the theoretical foundations of Computer Science. The main areas of the course are Mathematical Logic, Set Theory, and Relations. Topics include proof methods with emphasis on mathematical induction, solving recurrence relations, propositional logic, first order logic, proof techniques, mathematical induction, sets, operations on sets, relations, operations on relations, and functions. The emphasis is on the applications of discrete structures in computer science rather than the mathematical theory itself.

Course description

Discrete structures is foundational material for computer science. By foundational we mean that relatively few computer scientists will be working primarily on discrete structures, but that many other areas of computer science require the ability to work with concepts from discrete structures. Discrete structures includes important material from such areas as set theory, logic, graph theory, and combinatorics.

This course covers the mathematics that underlies most of computer science, which are the fundamental mathematical concepts and reasoning along with problem solving techniques. Topics covered include propositional logic, predicate logic, inferencing, proof methods including induction, set operations, binary relations including order relations, and equivalence relations, graphs, and functions.

Course requirements

  • CS101 - Introduction to Programming course
  • MATH102 - Pre-Calculus II, or equivalents.
  • Calculus is preferred, but not required.

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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