



Location
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 1:302:20 MGH 231
Instructor
 Paul Beame
 Office: CSE 668 Phone 2065435114
 Office Hours: Mondays 2:303:00 and Wednesdays 2:303:00, 4:305:00.
Teaching Assistants
Textbook
Michael Sipser,
Introduction to the Theory of Computation.
Either the first or second editions will work. Although the numbering of almost everything in the two editions is different, the content is mostly unchanged except that the second edition contains some corrections and new and solved problems.
(Second edition errata: all printings. First edition errata:
first printing ,
second printing and beyond.)
There is also an international edition but the numbering of
problems in that edition is different from the other two so you should not rely on it for homework.
Mailing List
There is a class mailing list, cse431.
Follow the link in the left column on this page to sign up. Everyone is
expected to be reading cse431 email to keep uptodate on the course.
Grading
Homework 4555%, midterm 1520%, final 3035%, give or take. Extra Credit.
See the homework policy
Midterm Exam In class Friday, May 4. Sample Midterm. Review session Thursday, May 3, 4:40 in EEB 037.
Final Exam The final exam will be at the time listed in the
official exam
schedule which is 2:304:20 pm, Monday June 4. The final exam
will be comprehensive up to and including space complexity though it will
emphasize topics in the latter half of the course. There will be a review session on Sunday, June 3 from 4:005:30 (or later if necessary) in room CSE 403. Here is an example of
old final exam.
Catalog Description
Models of computation, computable and noncomputable functions, space and
time complexity, tractable and intractable functions. Prerequisite: CSE 322.
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