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Discrete Mathematics for Computing [Paperback]

Dr Rod Haggarty
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5 Oct 2001
This book is a short, concise introduction to key mathematical ideas for computing students which develops their understanding of discrete mathematics and its application in computing. The topics are presented in a well defined, logical order that build upon each other and are constantly reinforced by worked examples. Reliance on students' previous mathematical experience is kept to a minimum, though some basic algebraic manipulation is required. This book is appropriate for CS and Math students in an undergraduate Discrete Math course. The content constitutes an accepted core of mathematics for computer scientists (for example, the formal methods used in computer science draw heavily on the discrete methematical concepts covered here, particularly logic, sets, relations and functions). Emphasis is placed on clear and careful explanations of basic ideas and on building confidence in developing mathematical competence through carefully selected exercises. All chapters conclude with short applications/case studies relevant to computing, which provide further motivation to engage with the mathematical ideas involved, and also demonstrate how the mathematics can be applied in a computing context.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (5 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201730472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201730470
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too often, computing students’ first experiences of university mathematics will be of abstract theoretical concepts that appear irrelevant to their chosen course of study. This book is a concise introduction to the key mathematical ideas that underpin computer science, continually stressing the application of discrete mathematics to computing. It is suitable for students with little or no knowledge of mathematics, and covers the key concepts in a simple and straightforward way.

The theoretical ideas are constantly reinforced by worked examples and each chapter concludes with a mini case study showing a particular application. This provides further motivation to the reader to engage with the mathematical ideas involved, as well as demonstrating how the mathematics can be applied within a computing context. The book also contains carefully selected exercises for which full worked solutions are provided

Rod Haggarty is Deputy Head of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. He has extensive experience of teaching undergraduate mathematics, and has taught discrete mathematics to computing students for many years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, a must for the software engineer 13 Feb 2012
By Kostas
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This is an exceptional book, clearly written, comprehensive and to-the-point. Chapters are short and digestible, examples are useful and progressive. At the end of each chapter there's a 1-2 page summary (very helpful) and a section on an application of the Maths onto computer science. For somebody who hasn't really looked at discrete maths since university a good 20 years ago, this is a perfect refresher. For students or professionals looking for a quick but thorough guide this is a perfect fit. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars maths for computing 27 July 2010
By mary
this book was what i was looking for to teach level 5 maths for computing FETAC award.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very well written 3 Dec 2001
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This book is very well written. I had already covered the first 4 chapters within 20 minutes...The language is simple and straightforward to understand, although you do have to concentrate and try to understand the concepts, coz you'll get lost otherwise. All in all, i recommend this book !
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