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 CSE 431: Introduction to Theory of Computation, Spring 2006
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Homework Assignments
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  Assignment #2
  Assignment #3
  Assignment #4
  Assignment #5
  Assignment #6
  Assignment #7
  Assignment #8
  Assignment #8 Solutions
Reading Assignments
  Sections 8.3-8.5, 9.1
  Sections 7.5-8.2
  NP reductions
  Sections 7.4 and 9.3
  Sections 7.1-7.3
  Sections 5.2 & 6.3
  Sections 5.1 & 5.3
  Chapter 4
  Chapter 3
  Turing and Post Handout
  Review Chapters 0-2
  Sample Midterm
  Sample Final
Interesting Links
  Craig's Halting Problem Page
  Davis' The Universal Computer
  Hilbert's 23 Problems
  David Hilbert Bio
  Kurt Godel Bio
  Alonzo Church Bio
  Alan Turing Bio


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Homework 45-55%, midterm 15-20%, final 30-35%, give or take. Extra Credit.

Midterm Exam

In class Friday, May 5. Here is a sample midterm.

Final Exam

The final exam will be at the time listed in the official exam schedule which is 2:30-4:20 pm, Monday June 5. The final exam will cover chapters 3, 4, 5, and 7 of Sipser's text as well sections 6.3, 8.1-8.4 and 9.3. A sample final is available. There will be a review session on Sunday, June 4 at 3:30 pm in EE1-037

Catalog Description

Models of computation, computable and noncomputable functions, space and time complexity, tractable and intractable functions. Prerequisite: CSE 322.
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