Essentials of Discrete Mathematics

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Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Dec 29, 2010 - Computers - 488 pages
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Essentials of Discrete Mathematics, Second Edition is the ideal text for a one-term discrete mathematics course to serve computer science majors as well as students from a wide range of other disciplines. It introduces students to the mathematical way of thinking, and also to many important modern applications. The material is organized around five types of thinking: logical, relational, recursive, quantitative, and analytical. This presentation results in a coherent outline that steadily builds upon mathematical sophistication. Graphs are introduced early and referred to throughout the text, providing a richer context for examples and applications. Students will encounter algorithms near the end of the text, after they have acquired the skills and experience needed to analyze them. The final chapter contains in-depth case studies from a variety of fields, including biology, sociology, linguistics, economics, and music. Clear and concise, Essentials of Discrete Mathematics presents a unified and complete picture of discrete mathematics that instructors can cover in a single semester.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Logical Thinking
1
Chapter 2 Relational Thinking
65
Chapter 3 Recursive Thinking
149
Chapter 4 Quantitative Thinking
215
Chapter 5 Analytical Thinking
291
Chapter 6 Thinking Through Applications
373
Hints Answers and Solutions to Selected Exercises
431
Selected References
475
Index
479
Index of Symbols
487
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David Hunter is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School for Health, University of Durham.

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