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Students are presumed to be familiar with basic programming techniques, including the use of functions and procedures, loops and recursion. Also assumed is facility with basic algebra.

Students are also expected to be familiar with the use of standard Internet-based tools including e-mail.

Course objectives

  • Cultivate clear thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Thoroughly train in the construction and understanding of mathematical proofs. Exercise common mathematical arguments and proof strategies.
  • Cultivate a sense of familiarity and ease in working with mathematical notation and common concepts in discrete mathematics.
  • Teach the basic results in Mathematical Logic, Set Theory, and Relations.

Student objectives

At the end of the course, students should:

  • Understand fundamental mathematical concepts as they apply to computer science by seeing how mathematics supports CS, and how CS concepts can be formalized in mathematics
  • Illustrate by examples the basic terminology of functions, relations, and sets and demonstrate knowledge of their associated operations.
  • Establish and solve recurrence relations that arise in counting problems including the problem of determining the time complexity of recursively defined algorithms.
  • Model logic statements arising in algorithm correctness and real-life situations and manipulate them using the formal methods of propositional and predicate logic.
  • Outline basic proofs for theorems using the techniques of: direct proofs, proof by counterexample, proof by contraposition, proof by contradiction, and mathematical induction.
  • Relate the ideas of mathematical induction to recursion and recursively defined structures.
  • Enhance one’s ability to program by seeing how mathematical concepts form the basis for many common programming problems (e.g. grammars for parsing, predicate calculus for logic programming, sets and algebras for relational databases, graphs and topological sorting for automating optimization).
  • Further their ability to write large programs by integrating code from a diverse spectrum of program components.

Grading procedures

The overall grade for this course is based on your performance in (i) exercises, (ii) assignments, (iii) mid-term exam and (iv) final exam, with weights as given below. Exams consist of a midterm and a final exam.

Course component grading weight (it can be changed):

  • Midterm: 20%
  • Weekly homework: 40%
  • Final: 40%

Content information

First we learn a general methodology for solving problems. This methodology is going to be followed in solving problems, and in proving theorems throughout this course.

The next subject is logic. Logic subject matter is covered in Chapter 1 of the textbook. “Logic” is a language that captures the essence of our reasoning, and correct reasoning must follow the rules of this language. We start with logic of sentences called propositional logic, and study elements of logic, (logical) relationships between propositions, and reasoning. Then we learn a little more powerful logic called predicate logic. Predicate logic allows us to reason with statements involving variables among other statements.

Questions & Answers

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
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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 to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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