MATH 200
Discrete Mathematics Spring 2024 (also offered Fall 2023)
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
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In contrast to calculus, which is the study of continuous processes, this course examines the structure and properties of finite sets. Topics to be covered include mathematical logic, elementary number theory, mathematical induction, set theory, functions, relations, elementary combinatorics and probability, and graphs. Emphasis will be given on the methods and styles of mathematical proofs, in order to prepare the students for more advanced math courses.
The Class: Format: lecture; This will not be a typical lecture course; instead it will be a blend of lecture and discovery-based learning, with weekly small group meetings with TA's.
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 3478
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Spring: Evaluation will be based on homework, exams, and participation in weekly small group meetings.
Prerequisites: Calculus at the level of an AP course or Williams College Math 130 or 140. Students who have taken a 300-level or 400-level math course should obtain permission of the instructor before enrolling.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to first and second year students intending to major in mathematics or computer science.
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course involves developing the formal mathematical language of logic and set theory. It also involves using quantitative tools to solve problems relating to combinatorics, probability, number theory, and other fields of discrete mathematics.

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