Applied Discrete Structures
Alan Doerr, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Kenneth Levasseur, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Pub Date: 2017
ISBN 13: 978-1-1055592-9-7
Conditions of Use
I am pleased with the coverage of material that is needed for our COSC 312 (Discrete Structures) course. Index and glossary are fine. The chapters on read more
I am pleased with the coverage of material that is needed for our COSC 312 (Discrete Structures) course. Index and glossary are fine. The chapters on Matrix Algebra are not really needed for our one semester course. That material is covered in a linear algebra course offered by the Math Department.
Content appears accurate but I did not evaluate all expressions in great detail.
I am not convinced having the Sage programming examples is all that helpful. Our Computer Science students are taking this course the first semester of their junior year and they are already well versed in C++ and C. I think it might be more useful to have a version of the book that does not have explicit programming examples. You could generate different versions based on what open source programming languages/environments the instructor has available.
I had no concerns with the clarity of the text I read.
The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
There are alignment issues with some of the equations extending way outside of the text margins. Looks like LaTeX might have been used to create the pdf file for the book. Perhaps the margins could be widened a bit so that more text would appear per line within the PDF viewer.
Yes, although I think the Matrix Algebra chapters could be more supplemental or even in an Appendix.
Figures seem fine - just the margin issues I alluded to before.
The text contains no grammatical errors from my reading.
No problem whatsoever with cultural insensitivity.
I appreciate the creation of this book for material that is still very needed for computer science curricula.
The material adequately covers the subject and there is a reliable glossary and index. As a text for an entry level survey class, it includes more read more
The material adequately covers the subject and there is a reliable glossary and index. As a text for an entry level survey class, it includes more than would generally be expected of a beginning college freshman.
There are no major contextual errors in the text. There are places where concepts are assumed to be in possession of the students without benefit of coverage No discussion of parallel or perpendicular lines in linear equations; the notation 3/2x is confusing for slope, (3/2)x would be better Terminology of matrices (rows and columns) is assumed Assumes familiarity with graphing linear inequalities with no development and doesn’t address “test points” Does not address any finance operations involving unknown times or number of periods of awarding interest Uses three separate, unrelated notations for complements of sets Error on page 221 – P(E | F is missing a closing parenthesis Error on page 225 – centering for P(E | F) = P(E) for consistency Error on page 279 – P(Walked Wednesday | Bicycled Monday) is not 3/5/16 and Bicycled misspelled in the next line (Bicycleed)
The material is up-top-date with only minor references to “dated” entities in applications (Ma Bell and Pa Bell in Markov Chains); the necessary changes would be quickly and easily made
As far as a mathematics text goes, it is remarkably readable; there is minimal use of “technical jargon” beyond what is necessary to the material
Language and content are consistent with other traditional texts; the framework and presentation, except where noted above flow well and topics are tied together as necessary
There is little need to artificially subdivide given that the material is already fairly well sectioned out with topics appropriately arranged and flow from topic to topic is logical and developmentally arranged
As discussed in previous sections, the material builds logically with necessary material covered adequately in most places to build new concepts.
There is no real “artwork” in the presentation, no pictures or photographs. Generally the tables and diagrams are well laid out (the exception being many pixilated tree diagrams and Venn diagrams in the material on Sets and Counting and Probability)
One noted spelling error, as noted above (page 279);
I find nothing in this presentation that would be offensive to anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, religious or sexual preference
I chose to look at this text because I regularly teach a Finite Mathematics class to entry level freshmen. For my institution this is a survey course. Some of the latter topics are well beyond the scope that would be covered, but I find them very interesting, nonetheless. Personally, I would like to see some “artwork” added to the presentation, but it works fine without it. I like there being both exercises and solutions for the exercises. The presentation of solutions on a separate line, sometimes centered, sometimes not, doesn’t bother me but if I was paying for printing this book, I’d like to see a different layout that would reduce the number of pages,
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Set Theory
- Chapter 2: Combinatorics
- Chapter 3: Logic
- Chapter 4: More on Sets
- Chapter 5: Introduction to Matrix Algebra
- Chapter 6: Relations and Graphs
- Chapter 7: Functions
- Chapter 8: Recursion and Recurrence Relations
- Chapter 9: Graph Theory
- Chapter 10: Trees
- Chapter 11: Algebraic Systems
- Chapter 12: More Matrix Algebra
- Chapter 13: Boolean Algebra
- Chapter 14: Monoids and Automata
- Chapter 15: Group Theory and Applications
- Chapter 16: An Introduction to Rings and Fields
About the Book
In writing this book, care was taken to use language and examples that gradually wean students from a simpleminded mechanical approach andmove them toward mathematical maturity. We also recognize that many students who hesitate to ask for help from an instructor need a readable text, and we have tried to anticipate the questions that go unasked.
The wide range of examples in the text are meant to augment the "favorite examples" that most instructors have for teaching the topcs in discrete mathematics.
To provide diagnostic help and encouragement, we have included solutions and/or hints to the odd-numbered exercises. These solutions include detailed answers whenever warranted and complete proofs, not just terse outlines of proofs.
Our use of standard terminology and notation makes Applied Discrete Structures a valuable reference book for future courses. Although many advanced books have a short review of elementary topics, they cannot be complete.
The text is divided into lecture-length sections, facilitating the organization of an instructor's presentation.Topics are presented in such a way that students' understanding can be monitored through thought-provoking exercises. The exercises require an understanding of the topics and how they are interrelated, not just a familiarity with the key words.
An Instructor's Guide is available to any instructor who uses the text. It includes:
- Chapter-by-chapter comments on subtopics that emphasize the pitfalls to avoid;
- Suggested coverage times;
- Detailed solutions to most even-numbered exercises;
- Sample quizzes, exams, and final exams.
This textbook has been used in classes at Casper College (WY), Grinnell College (IA), Luzurne Community College (PA), University of the Puget Sound (WA).
About the Contributors
Alan Doerr, Professor of Mathematical Science at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Kenneth Levasseur, Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell.