The study course ITT9131 "Concrete Mathematics" (konkreetne
matemaatika) will take place in TUT in the fall semester of year
2016.
The course is primarily intended for IT doctoral students, but
the students concerned in from other departments are also
encouraged to participate.
Formally, it is expected that the students have passed a
prerequisite course in discrete math during their prior studies
at undergraduate or graduate level, but they can succeed also on
the basis of contemporary TUT courses in mathematical analysis
and linear algebra.
The purpose of this course is to
provide students with the fundamental concepts and methods of
concrete mathematics relevant to computing and information
technology.
The main objective is to see how problems of standard discrete
mathematics can often be solved by methods based on continuous
mathematics together with a controlled manipulation of
mathematical formulas. The title of the discipline refers to the
content, and in fact, it is the acronym of
“CONtinuous and
disCRETE mathematics”.
Our plan is to go through some chapters of the popular textbook
that is widely used in many computer science departments all
around the world:
Actual selection of chapters to be passed during the course will depend on the participants' previous knowledge and expectations and will be discussed just at the beginning of the course. Going through all topics of the text-book within one semester would be far too ambitious endeavour.
The course is conducted by faculty members, who will provide an
overview of the selected chapters in lectures and seminars.
Problem solving is an important ingredient of any mathematical
course: so it is here, and students are asked to solve problems
as both classroom exercises and homework.
Additionally, during the semester every student will be given
1-2 harder problems ("research problems") to be solved
individually as homework and discussed in front of other
participants in the format of seminar talks.
To get a grade from the course, the students need to pass the
examination test. The final ranking for the course will be a
weighted average of the student's individual results
of the test, problem solving and seminar
talks.
The course will be in English. The teachers are Silvio Capobianco (Institute of Cybernetics) and Jaan Penjam (Department of Computer Science / Institute of Cybernetics).
Classroom Instruction will take place from September 13 on Tuesdays at 14:00 to 17:30 in room B-126 of the Küberneetika Maja (Akadeemia tee 21).
Students have to declare for the course in ÕIS as usual.
Questions and clarifications are welcome at silvio@cs.ioc.ee
Sincerely,
Silvio Capobianco and Jaan Penjam
Last updated: 02.09.2014