cs330 - Spring 2000


Students should get familiar with discrete objects and structures. They should also develop their ability to think mathematically.

Sections 01 and 91
Instructor Virgil Bistriceanu
Room class meets SB-231
Time class meets MW 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Office hours
  • MW 8:00 am - 9:00 am
  • M 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Other times by appointment only
Office SB-110
Phone (312) 567-5146
Fax (312) 567-5067
e-mail virgil@csam.iit.edu
Teaching Assistant
Name: Shuang Wu
Office: SB-017
Office Hours: M 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Phone: N/A
e-mail: wushuang@hotmail.com


"Mathematical Structures for Computer Science - fourth edition"
Judith L. Gersting
W. H. Freeman and Company, 1998
ISBN: 0-7167-8306-1


  • Homeworks: 20%
  • Programming Assignments: 30% (15% each)
  • Midterm: 20%
  • Final: 30%

All work you have to turn in is due at the beginning of the class the day the work is due. Late work will be accepted, subject to a penalty of 10% per day, up to the point when solutions are discussed in class or made available to students.

All the work you submit must be individual. When teamwork is submitted the mark earned is divided by the number of participants.

Exams are closed-book(s) closed-notes.

Grading is based on the following scale:

  • A: 90 - 100
  • B: 80 - 89
  • C: 70 - 79
  • D: 60 - 69
  • E: 0 - 59

Class attendance and participation will help settle the borderline grades.

Regular class attendance is important and students are expected to actively participate in class: questions and comments are always welcome.

Important events

Event Sections 01 and 91
Midterm March 1, 9:00 am
Spring vacation March 13-17
Last Day to withdraw with assured W March 31
Last day of classes May 5
Final May 12, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

The instructor(s) for this class reserve the right to change this schedule.


What Chapter Hours
Sets, graphs, trees and other structures16
Functions: introduction2.11
Constructing functions2.21
Properties of functions2.32
Counting infinite sets2.41
Construction techniques34
Elementary counting5.22
Function growth5.42
Regular languages and FA116
Number representation-4
Elementary logic65
First-order predicate calculus7.12
Turing Machines13.12


Unless otherwise stated all papers you turn in will be TYPED. No handwritten work is accepted. Each page will have a header as follows:

  • the left side: your name
  • middle: page number and the total number of pages (ex. 2/5 indicates this is page 2 out of a total of 5)
  • right hand side: name of the assignment (ex. Homework #2)

Each page will also have a footer:

  • the left hand side will contain the following text: cs330-section: Spring 2000 where section stands for the section you are in
  • the right hand side will contain the following text: Illinois Institute of Technology - ComputerScience

The header and the footer will be Arial or Helvetica, 10 points, regular. The text for the paper itself will be typed using Times Roman (12 points regular, except for titles which may be larger and bold).

Last update: January 16, 2000 Virgil Bistriceanu's home page. The Computer Science home page