COMPSCI 250: Introduction to Computation
COMPSCI 250 is the undergraduate core course in discrete mathematics and will deal with logic, elementary number theory, proof by induction, recursion on trees, search algorithms, finite state machines, and a bit of computability. This course is primarily intended for undergraduates in computer science and related majors such as mathematics or computer engineering.
Teaching Assistant: Shreyas Kulkarni
UCA: Renos Zabounidis
Prerequisites: COMPSCI 187 (programming with data structures) and MATH 132 (Calculus II) are prerequisites.
Textbook (required): David Mix Barrington, A Mathematical Foundation for Computer Science, e-book, Kendall Hunt publishing, 2020. Also available via eCampus.
Learning Goals for the Course
Course Requirements and Grading
Syllabus and Schedule
Academic Honesty and Collaboration Policy
Equity and Inclusion Statement We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. This course is for you, regardless of your age, background, citizenship, disability, sex, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity, geographical origin, language, military experience, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or work experience. We all bring different skills to the course, and we will all be learning from and with each other. Please be kind and courteous. There’s no need to be mean or rude. Respect that people have differences of opinion, and work and approach problems differently. There is seldom a single right answer to complicated questions. Please keep unstructured critique to a minimum. Criticism should be constructive. Disruptive behavior is not welcome, and insulting, demeaning, or harassing anyone is unacceptable. In particular, we don’t tolerate behavior that excludes people in socially marginalized groups. If you feel you have been or are being harassed or made uncomfortable by someone in this class, please contact a member of the course staff immediately, or if you feel uncomfortable doing so, contact the Dean of Students office. Disability Accommodations If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Services, located in 161 Whitmore Hall, (413) 545-0892. If you are eligible, they will grant you accommodations and notify the instructors.