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To anyone who has, or is earning, a degree in computer science:
What do you think is the bare minimum of topics that should be covered in a first course on discrete math or discrete mathematical structures?
Please list 3-10 topics, as specific or as as general as you like.

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mapjunkie
Mar. 7th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Discrete math curricula: thanks for the list
Glad to help.

My list is informed by two factors.

1 By my first discrete math class, which I loved (was taught by Jeff Erickson, who rocks the house down), and found excessively helpful.

2. There is something to be said for being exposed to notations and diagramatic techniques, that what you are trying to do in this class is give them the ability to read these kinds of materials. Just the notations of combinitorics, and then showing how the arguement "selecting a president, and then selecting 4 more for the executive committee can be done in the same number of ways as selecting 5 executives, and then a president from among them" is written, is something rather helpful. I know that likely the largest trouble I had in math classes (but not in CS, due to my introduction) was that I learned to think about the ideas, but in my own terminology, and then I had impedence mismatches later.

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