Math 311w - Concepts of Discrete Mathematics

Our final exam will be in 160 Willard on Dec. 14th from 2:30-4:30.

Introduction

This is the web page for section 2 of Math 311w taught by Tim Reluga in the autumn of 2021.

This course introduces students to the use of mathematics as a formal language. Using a theorem-proof framework much like that used in Euclid’s geometry textbook millenia ago, we will study elementary number theory advances from ancient times to our current technological age. Theories of modular arithmetic, set theory, formal logic, groups, and other discrete-math topics will be covered, with applications to encryption and digital information encoding. The course will include several writing assignments to help students develop their communications skills.

Course syllabus, including class data, contact information, office hours, and grading policies (subject to change)

Our textbook is Numbers, Groups, and Codes, by Humphreys and Prest, (library link) (publisher link) and partial solutions courtesy of Prof. Gary Mullen.

Homework

Essays

Information on our essays will be posted here.

Past quizes

Past quizes, posted with their answers.

Handouts

These are math-related links fished from the data-torrents as the semester progresses. Feel free to pass on your own.