Discrete Mathematics / Edition 1

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Overview

MULTIPLY your chances of understanding DISCRETE MATHEMATICS

If you're interested in learning the fundamentals of discrete mathematics but can't seem to get your brain to function, then here's your solution. Add this easy-to-follow guide to the equation and calculate how quickly you learn the essential concepts.

Written by award-winning math professor Steven Krantz, Discrete Mathematics Demystified explains this challenging topic in an effective and enlightening way. You will learn about logic, proofs, functions, matrices, sequences, series, and much more. Concise explanations, real-world examples, and worked equations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter exercises and a final exam help reinforce learning.

This fast and easy guide offers:

  • Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts
  • Sample problems with worked solutions
  • Coverage of set theory, graph theory, and number theory
  • Chapters on cryptography and Boolean algebra
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Discrete Mathematics Demystified is your integral tool for mastering this complex subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071549486
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 512,791
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven G. Krantz is a Professor of Mathematics and Deputy Director at the American Institute of Mathematics. He is an award-winning teacher, and author of How to Teach Mathematics, Calculus Demystified, and Differential Equations Demystified.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Logic
Chapter 2: Methods of Mathematical Proof
Chapter 3: Set Theory
Chapter 4: Functions and Relations
Chapter 5: Number Systems
Chapter 6: Counting Arguments
Chapter 7: Matrices
Chapter 8: Graph Theory
Chapter 9: Number Theory
Chapter 10. Cryptography
Chapter 11. Boolean Algebra
Chapter 12. Sequences
Chapter 13. Series
Final Exam
Solutions to Exercises
Bibliography
Index

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    This book advertises itself as a self teaching guide, however it approaches the subject as if the student has already had Calulus 1-3. Especially in the chapter on proofs, step-by-step instructions are really a misnomer. I struggled following the logic of the steps or would follow steps 1 and 2, but the next line would be "in conclusion" or "as you can see", but it hadn't been explained how we arrived at this conclusion. Also in the proofs chapter were unexplained annotations. If you're writing a book and introducing a new symbol, it would be very beneficial to label the symbol and tell what it symbolizes. The author explains some symbols but not others. There are exercises at the end of each chapter, but sometimes the answers given don't match the figures given in the problem (i.e. problem says 3/5, answer says we were given 2/5). One chapter utilized English sentences to mimic the patterns of if-then statements. However, these did not always keep the same rules from sentence to sentence. Sometimes the author would use "always" or "is sufficient for" but would not stay consistent when writing the converse or contrapositive of these sentences.
    The layout between and within chapters is logical. It flows in a way that allows the reader to move from topic to topic.
    This book might be helpfel for someone who has already had discrete math and didn't understand the method the professor used to teach it. This book might be a sufficiently different teaching style so that you could understand it the second time. Or, it might be good for someone, like I said, who's had multiple college calculus classes already. This book assumes a higher level of mathematic understanding. Someone with only college algebra under their belt might struggle with this book based upon the author's assumptions of the readers beginning knowledge. However, it is not a complete waste as I have learned some things from the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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