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Discrete Math (Spring 2019)

This is the official website of math314-02-s19.1) Please read our syllabus

Our Final Exam is scheduled for 13 May 2019.

Here are documents on basic proof techniques and proof-writing style for your own reference.

General Information

Meetings: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am - 9:30am in WH G02

Office Hours: Tuesday 10am - 1pm in WH236 (or by appointment in WH310)

Textbook: Mathematics for Computer Science (Lehman, Leighton, Meyer)

Grading: See the course syllabus for a grade distribution.

Content: Propositional logic, methods of proof, naive set theory, functions and relations, induction and recursion, counting, and basic graph theory.


W 23 Jan (C1)

  • Discussed Syllabus
  • Brief introduction to propositional logic (what is meant by the terms statement, connective, etc.)
  • HW: Read textbook section 3.1 (4 pages)

F 25 Jan (C2)

  • Translation of English statements into the formal language
  • Truth tables (optional: read textbook section 3.2)
  • Practice: problem set 1
  • HW: Read textbook sections 3.3 and 3.4 (2 pages and 5 pages)

M 28 Jan (C3)

  • Quiz: Truth table construction
  • Validity, satisfiability, and logical equivalence
  • Developed several basic equivalences of propositional statements.

W 30 Jan (C4)

F 1 Feb (C5)

  • Quantified predicate logic (textbook section 3.6)

M 4 Feb (C6)

  • Basics of sets (textbook section 4.1)
  • Example proofs involving sets (direct proof)

W 6 Feb (C7)

  • More proofs of set theoretic identities (proof by cases, proof via a string of equivalent statements).
  • Introduced general relations (lots of examples)
  • Defined equivalence relations
  • HW: Read about functions and relations for Friday's class (caution: I'm NOT following the textbook here!)

F 8 Feb (C8)

  • Equivalence relations (many examples)
  • Introduction to functions (defined injective, surjective, and bijective)
  • Written Homework 1: Complete this list of problems (Due 15 Feb 2019)

M 11 Feb (C9)

  • Quiz: Equivalence relations
  • Images and preimages, right and left inverses (many examples)
  • Various propositions, examples, and practice problems concerning functions
  • HW: Read textbook section 5.1 through section 5.1.4 (5 pages)

W 13 Feb (C10)

  • Quiz: Functions and equivalence relations
  • Relationship between functions inverses and injectivity, surjectivity, and bijectivity
  • Introduction to the Principle of Mathematical Induction (textbook section 5.1.1-5.1.4)

F 15 Feb (C11)

  • Quiz: Induction and Well Ordering
  • More proofs by induction
  • A false proof by induction (to illustrate the importance of the base case)!
  • Number Theory: Properties of Divisibility (textbook section 9.1.1)

M 18 Feb (C12)

  • Recursion and the relationship to induction
  • Fibonacci numbers and relations therebetween (more induction proofs!)
  • Here is a list of cool problems involving Fibonacci numbers!

W 20 Feb (C13)

  • The Quotient-Remainder Theorem (i.e. the Division Algorithm, i.e. textbook Theorem 9.1.4 “The Division Theorem”)
  • Proof of the Quotient-Remainder Theorem (for the case n and d are natural numbers)
  • HW: Finish the proof of the Quotient-Remainder Theorem for n and d integers.

F 22 Feb (C14)

M 25 Feb (C15)

  • Greatest common divisor
  • Bezout's Identity (one proof given in this pdf)
  • Euclid's (Extended) Algorithm
  • Examples involving Euclid's Algorithm

W 27 Feb (C16)

  • Quiz: Modular Arithmetic and Euclid's Algorithm
  • Using Euclid's Algorithm to solve modular equations
  • Prime numbers
    • Definition
    • Prop: Every natural number n > 1 is divisible by some prime number.
    • Prop: There are infinitely many prime numbers.

F 1 Mar (C17)

  • Proved Euclid's Lemma
  • Proved the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic via Strong Induction
    • Exercise: Translate the proof into a Well Ordering Principle type of proof
  • Introduced the Sieve of Eratosthenes
  • NB: I updated the number theory notes.

M 4 Mar (C18)

  • Collected Written Homework 2.
  • Computed the list of primes not exceeding 50 via the Seive of Eratosthenes.
  • Briefly discussed some ways of improving the Seive of Eratosthenes.
  • Discussed the RSA Cryptosystem (including a small example).
  • HW: Read textbook section 9.11 (on RSA Cryptography)

W 6 Mar (C19)

  • More work on RSA (try these problems).
  • HW (assigned in class, sent also by email): Let p = 11, q = 19, and e = 13.
    • What is the corresponding public key?
    • Encrypt m = 19 using RSA encryption.
    • Compute the private key d in this encryption scheme.
    • Decrypt an encoded message m' = 47 using RSA.
  • Question: Why does RSA work? (Answer: Euler's Totient Theorem!)
  • Set the stage to study Euler's Totient Function

F 8 Mar (C20)

  • Studied Euler's Totient Function, laying groundwork for the proof
  • Proof of Correctness of RSA (assuming Euler's Totient Theorem)
  • HW: Study for our Midterm Exam
    • Material for the Midterm stops at RSA
    • Know definitions and major theorems and be ready to use them
    • Be sure to look over your notes
    • By popular request, here is a practice midterm.
      • Disclaimer: The practice midterm DOES NOT pretend to be comprehensive, and I make no claims about its fitness as a study guide.

M 11 Mar (C21)

  • Exam Review (questions from students)
  • Proof of Euler's Totient Theorem
    • Remember that this implies correctness of the RSA Cryptosystem

NB: I leave for a visit to the IAS early Tuesday morning–I return after the midterm.

W 13 Mar (C22)

F 15 Mar--Midterm Exam (in class)

  • Happy Spring Break! :-/
    • HW: Read textbook sections 15.1 - 15.3 on basic counting techniques

M 25 Mar (C23)

  • Returned Midterm Exams
    • Addition Principle
    • Product Principle
    • Bijective Counting

W 27 Mar (C24)

  • More counting (with many examples and some recursive counting)

F 29 Mar (C25)

  • Problem session on basic counting techniques
    • Counting with binomial coefficients
  • HW: Finish the in-class problems for Monday
  • HW: Complete these problems for 5 Apr.

M 1 Apr (C26)

  • More counting with binomial coefficients
    • Algebraic Formula for the binomial coefficients
    • Counting anagrams of a word
  • Learned the methods “Count Dracula” and the method of Monte Cristo2)

T 2 Apr--Withdrawal Deadline

W 3 Apr (C27)

F 5 Apr (C28)

  • Quiz: Pigeonhole principle
  • Collected Homework on counting poker hands
  • Simple graphs (textbook chapter 12)
    • Basic definitions
    • Many examples (the Petersen graph is my favorite)
    • Handshake Lemma

M 8 Apr (C29)

  • Quiz: examples of simple graphs
    • Examples
    • Basic results
    • Hall's Marriage Theorem for bipartite graphs
      • Statement
      • Proof of sufficiency

W 10 Apr (C30)

  • Quiz: perfect matchings
  • Hall's Marriage Theorem
    • Proof of necessity
  • Written Homework 3: Complete this list of problems (due 26 Apr 2019)

F 12 Apr (C31)

  • Quiz: Hall's Marriage Theorem
  • Algorithms to compute matchings in bipartite graphs
    • Algorithm suggested by Hall's Marriage Theorem
    • Augmenting Paths Algorithm
  • Connection in graphs

HEADS UP: There might be some approximation error in anything labeled “Future”.

M 15 Apr (C32--Future)

  • Quiz
  • More on connection in graphs
  • Special types of walks in graphs
    • Eulerian graphs
    • Hamiltonian graphs

W 17 Apr (C33--Future)

  • Quiz
  • Graph coloring

F 19 Apr No Classes :/

M 22 Apr (C34--Future)

  • Quiz: group project (discussion led by guest lecturer Kunle Abawonse)


  • Date: Monday 13 May 2019
  • Time: 8am - 10am
  • Room: S1 149
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