Computer Science 240
An introduction to mathematical topics relevant to computer science. Combinatorics, probability and graph theory will be covered in the context of computer science applications. The course will present a computer science approach to thinking and modeling. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in theoretical computer science, such as NP-completeness and cryptography that arise from the world view of efficient computation.
We will cover basic topics in math that are important in computer science as well as basic topics in theoretical computer science. The following is a rough estimation of the number of lectures spent on each topic: Mathematical Proofs (1.5 lectures); Combinatorics (2 lectures); Probability Theory (6 lectures); Midterm Exam (replacing 1 lecture); Graph Theory (4 lectures); Game Theory (1.5 lectures); Countable vs Uncountable Sets (1 lecture); Theoretical Computer Science (Computability, Complexity, Cryptography) (7 lectures).
MW 3:00PM-4:20PM, Computer Science Building 104
Please direct questions concerning your precept assignment to Colleen Kenny-McGinley, the CS Department's Undergraduate Program Manager. Colleen's contact information is provided later on this page. The course's professor, lead preceptors, and graduate student preceptors do not manage precept assignments.
|Number||Meeting Time||Meeting Place||Preceptor|
|1||Th 12:30PM-1:20PM||Friend Center 108||Dmitry Paramonov|
|2||Th 12:30PM-1:20PM||Friend Center 109||Iasonas Petras|
|3||Th 2:30PM-3:20PM||Computer Science Building 105||Iasonas Petras|
|4||F 10:00AM-10:50AM||Friend Center 009||Constance Ferragu|
|5||F 10:00AM-10:50AM||Friend Center 108||Jake Ross Silverman|
|6||F 1:30PM-2:20PM||Friend Center 009||Anirudh Ajith|
|7||F 1:30PM-2:20PM||Friend Center 108||Shruthi Iyer Santhanam|
Ran Raz, Ph.D. : email: ranr (at) cs.princeton.edu
Iasonas Petras, Ph.D. : email: ipetras (at) cs.princeton.edu
Office Hours: M from 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Anirudh Ajith : email: aa8052 (at) cs.princeton.edu
Office Hours: M from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Constance Ferragu : email: cf7551 (at) cs.princeton.edu
Office Hours: F from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Dmitry Paramonov : email: dp20 (at) cs.princeton.edu
Office Hours: W from 4:30PM to 6:30PM
Shruthi Iyer Santhanam : email: ss5542 (at) cs.princeton.edu
Office Hours: Tu from noon to 2:00PM
Jake Ross Silverman : email: jakers (at) cs.princeton.edu
Office Hours: Th from 2:30PM to 4:30PM
Precepts start on Thursday 2/2
Preceptors' office hours start on Monday 2/6
Colleen Kenny-McGinley : CS Building 210, email: ckenny (at) cs.princeton.edu
COS 126 and 226 (or sufficient mathematical background), and MAT 175 or MAT 202 or MAT 204. COS 226 can be taken along with COS 240 in the same term.
Mathematics for Computer Science, Eric Lehman and Tom Leighton, 2004.
Mathematics for Computer Science, Eric Lehman and F. Thomsom Leighton and Albert R. Meyer, 2010.
Please study the course Policies webpage.