CSCI 361 Fall 2014 Theory of Computation (Q)

Cross Listed as MATH361
This course introduces a formal framework for investigating both the computability and complexity of problems. We study several models of computation including finite automata, regular languages, context-free grammars, and Turing machines. These models provide a mathematical basis for the study of computability theory--the examination of what problems can be solved and what problems cannot be solved--and the study of complexity theory--the examination of how efficiently problems can be solved. Topics include the halting problem and the P versus NP problem.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on problem sets, a midterm examination, and a final examination
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Prerequisites: CSCI 256 or both a 300-level MATH course and permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: current or expected Computer Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division III,Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: COGS Interdepartmental Electives
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 40
Class Number: 1427
CSCI 361 - 01 (F) LEC Theory of Computation (Q) Division 3: Science and MathematicsQuantitative and Formal Reasoning Brent A. Heeringa
MWF 12:00 PM-12:50 PM Physics 205 1427
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