MATH 200
Discrete Mathematics Fall 2023 (also offered Spring 2024)
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
Limit: 40
Expected: 40
Class#: 1479
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Fall: Homework, proof portfolio, group work, presentations, quizzes/exams, reflections. Spring: The grade will be based on homework and 4 exams.
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, and other fields of discrete mathematics.

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