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MATH272 Discrete Mathematics

Graph theory and algorithms; combinatorial counting techniques; sets, relations, modular arithmetic and applications to cryptography. There will be an emphasis on both proof techniques and practical algorithms.

Paper title Discrete Mathematics
Paper code MATH272
Subject Mathematics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2015, expected to be offered in 2016
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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MATH 170 or MATH 103
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Teaching staff
Professor Robert Aldred
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Paper Structure
Main topics
  • Basic counting, inclusion-exclusion
  • Logical equivalence, rules of inference
  • Introduction to graph theory
  • Set theory
  • Congruences and elementary number theory
  • Cryptography
Required text:
Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics 5th edition by Ralph P. Grimaldi
Useful references:
A First Look At Graph Theory, J Clark and D A Holton, World Scientific (1996)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Course outline
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Learning Outcomes
Students will learn how to formulate and test rigourous discrete mathematical concepts.
This paper should be of interest to three main groups.
  • The first covers anyone who has ever had an interest in puzzles of a mathematical nature. This is because the topics of the paper frequently come very close to the concepts often used in such puzzles.
  • The second group is computer science students. Discrete mathematics ideas are useful in computer science especially where algorithms and computability are concerned.
  • Finally, the paper should be of interest to mathematical majors and honours students. It provides a good foundation for other papers, both as background and in exposure to proof techniques.

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Not offered in 2015, expected to be offered in 2016

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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