ENGG 2440B: Discrete Mathematics for Engineers

2017-18 First Term


General Information

  • Instructor: Anthony Man-Cho So (manchoso at se.cuhk.edu.hk)
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3:30pm - 5:00pm or by appointment, in ERB 604
  • Lecture Time/Location:
    • Mondays 2:30pm - 4:15pm, in LSK LT4
    • Wednesdays 12:30pm - 1:15pm, in LSB LT6
  • Teaching Assistants:
    • Zengde Deng (zddeng at se.cuhk.edu.hk)
      • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm, in ERB 810C
    • Sen Huang (hsen at se.cuhk.edu.hk)
      • Office Hours: Fridays 11:00am - 12:00pm, in ERB 905
    • Yuen Man Pun (ympun at se.cuhk.edu.hk)
      • Office Hours: Wednesdays 9:30am - 10:30am, in ERB 905
    • Peng Wang (wangpeng at se.cuhk.edu.hk)
      • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm, in ERB 810A
    • Xiaolu Wang (xlwang at se.cuhk.edu.hk)
      • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30am - 11:30am, in ERB 905
  • Tutorial Time/Location:
    • Thursdays 3:30pm - 5:15pm, in LSB LT6
    Note: There will be in-class exercises during the tutorial. Solutions should be turned in at the end of the tutorial for grading. Attendance at the tutorials and the in-class exercises will count towards 10% of your grade.
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Course Description

Just as calculus is the mathematical foundation for natural sciences, discrete mathematics is the mathematical foundation for computing sciences. In this course, we will cover the basic techniques of discrete mathematics, which are essential for manipulating and reasoning about finite or countable sets of objects. Applications from various disciplines, such as computer science, operations research, and probability, will be used to illustrate the theory.

Course Requirements

  • Homework Sets (30%)
  • Midterm Examination (25%)
  • Final Examination (35%)
  • Tutorial Participation (10%)

Primary Text

The primary text for this course is Eric Lehman, F. Thomson Leighton, Albert R. Meyer (LLM), Mathematics for Computer Science, 2010.

General References

  • Richard A. Brualdi, Introductory Combinatorics (5th Edition), Pearson Education, Inc., 2010.
  • Susanna S. Epp, Discrete Mathematics with Applications (4th Edition), Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2011.
  • Kenneth H. Rosen, Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications (7th Edition), McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Schedule and Reading

  • Week 1: Sep 4 Information Sheet, Notes. Familiarize yourselves with the material in LLM Chapters 1 and 2. Sep 6 Notes. Read LLM Chapters 3.1-3.2. Sep 7 Notes. Read LLM Chapters 3.3-3.4.
  • Week 2: Sep 11 Notes. Read LLM Chapters 9.1-9.2 Sep 13 Notes. Read LLM Chapter 9.5. Sep 14 Notes.

Tutorial Notes and Exercises

Homework Sets (Assignment Box: B12, 5th floor of ERB)

Last Updated: September 14, 2017