CSCI/MATH-2610: Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

(Prerequisite: CSCI-1301)



The fundamental mathematical tools used in computer science: sets, relations, and functions; propositional logic, predicate logic, and inductive proofs; summations, recurrences, and elementary asymptotics; counting and discrete probability; undirected and directed graphs; introductory linear algebra, with applications in computer science.


Instructor: Don Potter  (Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence)

Email: potter at cs dot uga dot edu

Office: GSRC-113 (enter through 111)

Phone: 542-0361

Hours: By Appointment, Drop In, or _________________

Notes: If you stop-by or call and I'm NOT available, then be sure to leave a note (I'll be glad to call you back).


Class: 11:15-12:05 Wednesday, 12:30-1:45 Tuesday/Thursday; GEOL 300A/GEOL 154

Text: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications – 6th Edition by Kenneth H. Rosen



1)       The textbook and its supporting materials.  Be sure you take advantage of these.

2)       Web page:



Assignments         30%        (homework, reports, projects, and presentations)

Exams                   40%        (Sept 8, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1; 10% each)

Final Exam           30%        (Dec 9th, Thursday at noon)

(Scale: A: 93-100, A-: 90-92, B+: 87-89, B: 83-86, B-: 80-82, C+: 77-79, C: 73-76, C-: 70-72, D: 60-69, F: <60)



Each student is expected to do his/her own work.  Any evidence of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, and will be subject to disciplinary action.  Be sure you are familiar with the University's academic honesty policy as well as the CS departmental policy (attached).  See for details.


Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date they are due.  Late assignments will not be accepted.  Alternate arrangements must be made in advance of the due date.


Typically, make-up exams are not provided.  In very rare University-approved absence excuse cases, a make-up exam may be arranged.


NOTE: The course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary.


Tentative Class Schedule



Topics & Readings

Comments & Assignments

Aug 17

Introduction & welcome


Aug 17 - 19

Ch 1.1 – 1.5: Logic & Inference


Aug 24 - 26

Ch 1.6 – 2.2: Proofs & Sets


Aug 31 – Sept 2

Ch 2.3, 11.1 – 11.2: Boolean Algebra


Sept 7 - 9

Ch 11.3 - 11.4, 2.4: Logic Gates & Sums

Test 1 on Sept 8

Sept 14 - 16

Ch 3.1 – 3.3: Algorithms


Sept 21 - 23

Ch 3.4 – 3.5: Integers


Sept 28 - 30

Ch 3.5 – 3.6: More Integers & Algorithms


Oct 5 - 7

Ch 4.1 – 4.2: Induction

Test 2 on Oct 6

Oct 12 - 14

Ch 4.3 – 4.5: Recursive Algorithms


Oct 19 - 21

Ch 5.1 – 5.2: Counting


Oct 26 – 28

Ch 5.3 – 5.4: Permutations & Combinations


Nov 2 - 4

Ch 6.1 – 6.2: Probability

Test 3 on Nov 3

Nov 9 - 11

Ch 6.3 – 6.4: Bayes’ Theorem


Nov 16 - 18

Ch 7.1 – 7.2: Recurrences


Nov 30 – Dec 2

Ch 8.1 – 8.3: Relations

Test 4 on Dec 1







Dec 9th

Thursday at noon

Final Exam Dec 9th at noon





Computer Science
Departmental Policy Statement
Academic Honesty

The Computer Science Department recognizes honesty and integrity as necessary to the academic function of the University.  Therefore all students are reminded that the CS faculty requires compliance with the conduct regulations found in the University of Georgia Student Handbook.  Academic honesty means that any work you submit is your own work.


Common forms of academic dishonesty against which students should guard are:


  1. Copying from another student's test paper or laboratory report, or allowing another student to copy from you;
  2. Fabricating data (computer, statistical) for an assignment;
  3. Helping another student to write a laboratory report or computer software code that the student will present as his own work, or accepting such help and presenting the work as your own;
  4. Turning in material from a public source such as a book or the Internet as your own work.


Three steps to help prevent academic dishonesty are:


  1. Familiarize yourself with the regulations.
  2. If you have any doubt about what constitutes academic dishonesty, ask your instructor or a staff member at the Office of Judicial Programs.
  3. Refuse to assist students who want to cheat.


All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to report all suspected cases of academic dishonesty.  All cases of suspected academic dishonesty (cheating) will be referred to the Office of Judicial Programs.  Penalties imposed by the Office of Judicial Programs may include a failing grade in the course and a notation on the student’s transcript.  Repeated violations are punishable by expulsion from the University.  For further information please refer to the UGA Code of Conduct, available at the URL below.



Revised 8/2006