Two main questions arise with computational problem solving: can a problem be solved
at all, and if so, how efficiently? Topics include computability and complexity theory
as related to Turing machines, finite state automata, regular and context-free grammars,
and the complexity classes of P and NP.
CSC 207 or permission of instructor.
Quizzes and Participation
You are encouraged to attend class and participate in discussions.
Active participation in class discussions and short quizzes will
comprise 5% of your final grade.
Extra credit for this course can be earned by participating in the
Centenary Math Problem of the Week
(POTW). Each reasonable submission will be worth an
additional 0.5% toward your final grade, CC me with your submission for credit.
Centenary assures students with disabilities equal opportunity to reach the same level of
achievement as other students. Strict confidentiality will be maintained on students with
disabilities. Services for students with disabilities are available through the Counseling
Center, located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall, phone (318) 869-5424.
All students are bound by the Honor System. The Honor System is applicable to all academic
work. See the Centenary College Handbook
for the complete Honor Code
Each day an assignment is late, you will lose 10% of the credit for that assignment.
No late work will be accepted after 5 days past the due date. This is an actual
day, not a class day. You will have 2 free late days, to be used at your discretion
throughout the semester. If you are turning in an assignment late, you need to email
me with how many free late days you plan to use.
Extensions beyond this for labs, projects, exams and quizzes are only given when
circumstances beyond your control (e.g. being sick, choir or sports travel)
prevent you from completing a project on time. You must notify me either by
email or phone of your circumstances well in advance of the due date.
We will be covering most of the textbook following the format in the table of contents.
We will also be using additional supplemental material such as relevant web-pages
and background material.
Additional readings will be assigned before material will be covered in class. You are expected
to review the material and come to class prepared. As readings are assigned,
they will be posted
Course notes can be found on PicasaWeb
- August 24th: Chapter 1
- August 31st: Chapter 2
- September 16th: Chapter 3
You will have weekly Homeworks in this course, with problems assigned almost every day,
for a total of
50% of your final grade. These homeworks will cover concepts we have
discussed in class, and will be due approximately one week
after they are assigned.
All homeworks must be written using LaTeX and
turned in as a PDF on the cs server.
There are many resources available for LaTeX on the web, including the LaTeX Math Symbols. Here are a few files that will
assist with creating your homework PDFs.
This PDF is an example of what your homework should look like when properly formatted
and compiled with LaTeX.
This file includes the code for the LaTeX file.
- homework.sty, newalg.sty
Two style files with a few definitions for the homework layout.
A figure to include in the homework pdf.
A utility file to convert the XML output of JFLAP into dot format, which
can be transformed into a pdf and then included in the LaTeX file.
There will be three exams, each worth 15% of your final grade. They will be take-home
exams and will cover material from the homeworks.
- Exam 1: Due October 9th
- Exam 2: Due November 13th
- Final: Exam Week Time
Your final grade for this course will be based on the Homework, Project, Exams and
Participation described above.
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