COMPSCI H250: Honors Section for Introduction to Computation

David Mix Barrington

Spring 2023

This is the home page for COMPSCI H250. COMPSCI H250 is the honors section for the undergraduate core course in discrete mathematics and will focus on the book Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter.

Instructor Contact Info: David Mix Barrington, 210 Computer Science Building, 545-4329, office hours for Spring 2023: Mon 2-3, Tu 10-11 (zoom), Th 1-2). Zoom number 459 532 6175.

The best way to contact Dave is by email.

This course is open to students who have taken or are currently taking COMPSCI 250, with preference given to students in the Commonwealth Honors College. Thus students will be expected to have the calculus and programming background required for COMPSCI 250.

The course meets for one seminar session each week, probably on Fridays 4:00-5:00 pm, in a room to be decided.

The Hofstadter book (any edition) is the required text and the source of reading assignments and some exercises.

Grading for the course will be based on class participation, some exercises from the book to be handed in, and a final project.

I will set up a Moodle page, with its main purpose for you to hand in writing assignments.

Plan from Spring 2021 version):

Last modified 17 February 2023