CSC 2342 Discrete Structures

Fall 2021


Roger Shore

Class Schedule:

Office Location:

Couch Hall 153

MWF 3:25-4:35PM CSC-2342



TTh 9:45AM-11:25AM CSC-3460

Office Hours:

MWF 9:00-11:00AM

TTh 1:35-3:15PM CSC-3940


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Description: This is an introductory course in discrete mathematical structures widely used computer science. The purpose of this course is to understand and use (abstract) discrete structures that are backbones of computer science. This course teaches the students techniques in how to think logically and mathematically and apply these techniques in solving problems. In particular, this class is meant to introduce logic, proofs, sets, relations, functions, counting, and probability, with an emphasis on applications in computer science. Four Credits.

Prerequisite: MTH-1410

Course Materials:

  1. Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, 8th Edition, by Kenneth H. Rosen. McGraw Hill, 2012. ISBN 978-1-259-67651-2

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain with examples the basic terminology of functions, relations, and sets.

  2. Perform the operations associated with sets, functions, and relations.

  3. Convert logical statements from informal language to propositional and predicate logic expressions.

  4. Use the rules of inference to construct proofs in propositional and predicate logic.

  5. Apply each of the proof techniques (direct proof, proof by contradiction, and induction) correctly in the construction of a sound argument.

  6. Apply counting arguments, including sum and product rules, inclusion-exclusion principle and arithmetic/geometric progressions.

  7. Compute permutations and combinations of a set, and interpret the meaning in the context of the particular application.

  8. Solve a variety of basic recurrence relations.

  9. Perform computations involving modular arithmetic.

  10. Illustrate by example the basic terminology of graph theory, as well as some of the properties and special cases of each type of graph/tree.

  11. Demonstrate different traversal methods for trees and graphs, including pre-, post-, and in-order traversal of trees.

  12. Calculate probabilities of events and expectations of random variables for elementary problems such as games of chance.

  13. Differentiate between dependent and independent events.

  14. Identify a case of the binomial distribution and compute a probability using that distribution.

  15. Identify applications of discrete structures in the field of computer science.

Assessment: The course objectives will be assessed through major tests, the final exam and problem set assignments. The final grade will be determined as follows:

Assignments/Quizzes: 20%

3 Major Tests: 60%

Cumulative Final Exam: 20%

Total: 100%



























You must score at least the minimum of a category to be given the associated grade, i.e. an average of 80 is a B- not a C+.

Major tests and Final Exam: All tests and final exam will consist primarily of problem solving type questions similar to the homework assignments and quizzes. No make up test will be given unless prior arrangements have been made with excusable reasons. If you miss a test your final grade will be used in place of the missed grade. This means the percentage of the final exam will increase. If you miss the final exam, you will receive an F for the course.

Quizzes/worksheets and assignments: In addition to the major tests and final exam, students will participate in series of problem sets to further develop skills and understanding of discrete mathematical structures found in computer science. Each assignment will focus on a collection of problems that target each learning objective individually or a combination of learning objectives. Successful completion of the assignments will prepare the student for major tests and final exam.

Attendance: High Point University recognizes and honors the value of the face-to-face classroom experience for enhancing student engagement and academic outcomes. Attendance will be taken daily at the beginning of class. As such, you are expected to be present in every class meeting with the exception of an illness that requires quarantine or other reasons pre-approved by the instructor. In those cases online accommodations will be provided. If absent from class, you are responsible for all lectures, in-class exercises, assignments, and handouts. Caution: Being absent from class does not change the due date of assignments. Before a student is dropped for non-attendance, I will give a notification as a warning to a student that he/she is in danger of violating the attendance requirements.

Honor Code: All students are expected to follow the University Honor Code, Full details of the High Point University Honor Code are found here: All academic work should be completed with the highest level of honesty and integrity.

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Please treat this class as if it were a company or organization for which you are working. You can exhibit professionalism by attending consistently, arriving on time, communicating your full or partial absence in a timely fashion, completing assignments on time, maintaining engagement, and respecting your peers and the professor.

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Face covering: Wearing a face mask reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission and is a step we can all take to care for the members of our HPU family. Therefore, in compliance with applicable federal, state or local orders, at HPU, students are required to wear face masks when indoors in all classrooms, labs, studios, and other public spaces (such as hallways, building entrances, public restrooms, in HPU transportation such as shuttles, and other common spaces). There is not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of masks with one-way valves or vents, gators, or face shields for controlling transmission of the virus, and thus these face coverings are not an acceptable substitute for cloth face masks. Exceptions may be made for the use of face shields with an approved medical excuse or when giving a public presentation in front of a group, as long as there is greater than six feet of distance between speaker and audience.

Tentative Schedule of Topic Coverage

Foundations of logic and proofs 1.1-1.3

Boolean Algebra 12.1-12.4

Foundations of logic and proofs 1.4-1.8

Test #1

Basic Structures: Sets, Functions, Sequences, Sums, and Matrices 2.1-2.4

Algorithms 3.1-3.3

Number Theory 4.1-4.3

Test #2

Induction and Recursion 5.1-5.4

Basics of Counting 6.1-6.5

Discrete Probability and Counting Techniques 7.1,7.4 8.1-8.2

Test #3

Graphs and Trees 10.1 – 10.5, 11.1-11.5

Modeling Computation 13.1-13.5

Cumulative Final Exam – All learning objectives