This course is designed to introduce students to abstraction and its role in modeling problems mathematically. It focuses on discrete mathematics with elements of computer science, and is designed for students with a broad range of backgrounds.
Topics to be covered include:
- Foundations: Relations on sets, including equivalence and partial order relations, properties of functions, arithmetic of integers modulo n.
- Topics in graph theory: Applications of the adjacency matrix, graph colouring and the chromatic polynomial.
- Partially ordered sets: Incidence algebras and the relationship to the inclusion-exclusion principle.
- Automata and languages: Finite state automata and the equivalence with regular languages, the pumping lemma.
- Game Theory: Game graphs, impartial combinatorial games, matrix games.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Engage with abstraction and its role in modeling phenomena.
- Assimilate new ideas and apply them to solve problems.
- Use graph theoretic methods to solve problems.
- Understand the relationship between regular languages and finite state automata.
- Analyse certain kinds of games in full or partial detail.
- Solve problems with a good degree of accuracy.
- Work together to solve problems.
- Regular assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Mid-semester examination (25) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
- Final examination (40) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
- Workshop participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lecturer per week (36 hours) as well as 16.5 hours of workshop time.
- Approximately 77.5 hours of self directed study per semester which will include preparation for lectures and assessment tasks.
There are no course-specific inherent requirements.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed texts are not required. Course notes will be available through Wattle.
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- Unit value:
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8656||22 Jul 2024||29 Jul 2024||31 Aug 2024||25 Oct 2024||In Person||N/A|