Susanna Epp's Discrete Mathematics with Applications, Second Edition provides a clear introduction to discrete mathematics. Epp has always been recognized for her lucid, accessible prose that explains complex, abstract concepts with clarity and precision. This book presents not only the major themes of discrete mathematics, but also the reasoning that underlies mathematical thought. The text is suitable for many course structures, including one-semester or full-year classes. Its emphasis on reasoning provides strong preparation for computer science or more advanced mathematics courses.
Susanna S. Epp received her Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Chicago, taught briefly at Boston University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently Vincent DePaul Professor of Mathematical Sciences at DePaul University. After initial research in commutative algebra, she became interested in cognitive issues associated with teaching analytical thinking and proof and has published a number of articles and given many talks related to this topic. She has also spoken widely on discrete mathematics and has organized sessions at national meetings on discrete mathematics instruction. In addition to Discrete Mathematics with Applications and Discrete Mathematics: An Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning, she is co-author of Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics, which was developed as part of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Epp co-organized an international symposium on teaching logical reasoning, sponsored by the Institute for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS), and she was an associate editor of Mathematics Magazine from 1991 to 2001. Long active in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), she is a co-author of the curricular guidelines for undergraduate mathematics programs: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004.
1. The Logic of Compound Statements. 2. The Logic of Quantified Statements. 3. Elementary Number Theory and Methods of Proof. 4. Sequences and Mathematical Induction. 5. Set Theory. 6. Counting. 7. Functions. 8. Recursion. 9. O-Notation and the Efficiency of Algorithms. 10. Relations. 11. Graphs and Trees. Appendix A: Properties of the Real Numbers. Appendix B: Solutions and Hints to Selected Exercises. Index.