Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Fundamentals of Discrete Math for Computer Science

A Problem-Solving Primer

Authors: Jenkyns, Tom, Stephenson, Ben

  • Highly accessible and easy to read, introducing concepts in discrete mathematics without requiring a university-level background in mathematics
  • Ideally structured for classroom-use and self-study, with modular chapters following ACM curriculum recommendations
  • Contains examples and exercises throughout the text, and highlights the most important concepts in each section
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About this Textbook

This textbook provides an engaging and motivational introduction to traditional topics in discrete mathematics, in a manner specifically designed to appeal to computer science students. The text empowers students to think critically, to be effective problem solvers, to integrate theory and practice, and to recognize the importance of abstraction. Clearly structured and interactive in nature, the book presents detailed walkthroughs of several algorithms, stimulating a conversation with the reader through informal commentary and provocative questions. Features: no university-level background in mathematics required; ideally structured for classroom-use and self-study, with modular chapters following ACM curriculum recommendations; describes mathematical processes in an algorithmic manner; contains examples and exercises throughout the text, and highlights the most important concepts in each section; selects examples that demonstrate a practical use for the concept in question.

About the authors

Dr. Tom Jenkyns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science at Brock University, Canada.

Dr. Ben Stephenson is an Instructor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This book is dedicated to presenting the basic notions of discrete mathematics for undergraduate students in computer science. With a good balance between theory and practice – including the algorithmic point of view – this book will prove very helpful. … Many examples and exercises make the book both enjoyable and useful.” (Jean-Paul Allouche, zbMATH, Vol. 1278, 2014)

“Jenkyns (Brock Univ., Canada) and Stephenson (Univ. of Calgary, Canada) have written an introductory textbook on discrete mathematics for computer science majors. The volume’s ten chapters cover the standard topics taught in such courses at the freshman or sophomore level … . In comparison with other introductory discrete mathematics textbooks, this work has a very strong emphasis on algorithms, proofs of algorithmic correctness, and the analysis of worst-case and average-case complexity. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates.” (B. Borchers, Choice, Vol. 50 (9), May, 2013)

“This book is specifically aimed at CS students. The authors include the same discrete math topics that other books have, but, in contrast to most existing books, they introduce each topic with a clear (and entertaining) CS motivation. … Each section is well written, with a highlighted subsection on the most important ideas and plenty of exercises. I highly recommend this book to everyone.” (V. Kreinovich, Computing Reviews, December, 2012)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Algorithms, Numbers, and Machines

    Jenkyns, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 1-42

  • Sets, Sequences, and Counting

    Jenkyns, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 43-75

  • Boolean Expressions, Logic, and Proof

    Jenkyns, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 77-130

  • Searching and Sorting

    Jenkyns, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 131-182

  • Graphs and Trees

    Jenkyns, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 183-231

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-4069-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Download immediately after purchase
Softcover $59.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-4068-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fundamentals of Discrete Math for Computer Science
Book Subtitle
A Problem-Solving Primer
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-4069-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-4069-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-4068-9
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 416
Number of Illustrations and Tables
143 b/w illustrations
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