Course Information and Policies

Department: Mathematics
Course: MAT 2540
Title: Discrete Structures and Algorithms II
Description: Topics include predicate logic, recurrence relations, graphs, trees, digital logic, computational complexity and elementary computability.
Text: Kenneth H. Rosen, Discrete Mathematics and its Applications , 7th Edition,
Credits: 3 (4 class hours)
Prerequisite: MAT 2440; Prerequisite or corequisite: CST 3503
Course outline prepared by: J. Natov, S. Singh, A. Taraporevala, Fall 2015

Section: D639
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 8-9:40am
Classroom: Namm 923
Instructor: Kate Poirier
Office: Namm 726
Office hours: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:45-10:45am

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will study the efficiency of algorithms.
  • Students will be able to compare data structures and algorithms.
  • Students will be able to use the master theorem to solve recurrences that arise from divide-and-conquer algorithms.
  • Students will be able to use computer technology to assist in the above.

Mathematics Department Policy on Lateness/Absence:
A student may be absent during the semester without penalty for 10% of the class instructional sessions. Therefore, if the class meets 2 times per week, the allowable absence is 3 absences per semester. Students who have been excessively absent and failed the course at the end of the semester will receive either

  • the WU grade if they have attended the course at least once. This includes students who stop attending without officially withdrawing from the course.
  • the WN grade if they have never attended the course.

In credit bearing courses, the WU and WN grades count as an F in the computation of the GPA. The official Mathematics Department policy is that two latenesses (this includes arriving late or leaving early) is equivalent to one absence. Every withdrawal (official or unofficial) can affect a student’s financial aid status, because withdrawal from a course will change the number of credits or equated credits that are counted toward financial aid.

New York City College of Technology Policy on Academic Integrity:
Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion. The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog.


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