CSE 321: Discrete Structures
Spring 2001
Paul Beame


Name Email Office Hours
Instructor Paul Beame beame@cs.washington.edu Sieg 416, MWF 11:20-11:50, W 2:30-3:20 or by appointment 543-5114
Teaching Assistant Matt Cary cary@cs.washington.edu Sieg 226a, T 2:30-3:20, Th 10:30-11:20 616-1849


Lectures: MWF 10:30-11:20, Thompson 125

Quiz AA, Th 1:30-2:20, BLD 286
Quiz AB, Th 2:30-3:20, BLD 286



Homework and worksheets are intended to be a major portion of the course. Assignments will be due approximately weekly, usually on Friday. It is expected that homework solutions represent original work.
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Supplementary Logic Notes in Postscript and in PDF format.
Induction for Recursely Defined Sets in Postscript and in PDF format.
Average case analysis of Insetion Sort in Postscript and in PDF format.

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Text Book

The text for the course is Rosen, Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications. The Fourth Edition of the text will be used. The Second and Third Editions are very close but the exercises differ somewhat between editions of the text, so you will need to consult the fourth edition to make sure that you are solving the appropriate problems.


The course grade will be based on worksheets, homework, class participation, a midterm, and a final exam. The approximate weighting of the components is 45-55% worksheets/homework, 15-20% midterm and 30-35% final exam.


Chapters 1-7 will be covered. The main topics will be logic (1.1-1.3), the integers (2.3), methods of proof (3.1-3.3), counting and probability (4.1-4.5), relations (6.1-6.4), and graph theory (7.1-7.5,7.7-7.8).


Monday, May 7, in class. Closed book, no notes, no calculators. Old midterm questions

Final Exam

Monday, June 4, 8:30-10:20 am, in class. Closed book, no notes, no calculators. Old final exam questions

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