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RESOURCES FOR TEACHING DISCRETE MATHEMATICS: CLASSROOM PROJECTS, HISTORY MODULES AND ARTICLES

RESOURCES FOR TEACHING DISCRETE MATHEMATICS: CLASSROOM PROJECTS, HISTORY MODULES AND ARTICLES

RESOURCES FOR TEACHING DISCRETE MATHEMATICS: CLASSROOM PROJECTS, HISTORY MODULES AND ARTICLES

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Resources for Teaching Discrete Mathematics edited by Brian Hopkins

A resource for discrete mathematics teachers at all levels. Resources for Teaching Discrete Mathematics presents 19 classroom tested projects complete with student handouts, solutions, and notes to the instructor. Topics range from a first day activity that motivates proofs to applications of discrete mathematics to chemistry, biology, and data storage. The book contains 11 history modules that allow students to explore topics in their original context. Sources range from 11th century Chinese figures that prompted Leibniz to write on binary arithmetic, to a 1959 article on automata theory. Five articles complete the book. Three address extensions of standard discrete mathematics content: an exploration of historical counting problems with attention to discovering formulas, a discussion of how computers store graphs, and a survey connecting the principle of inclusion-exclusion to Möbius inversion. Finally, there are two articles on pedagogy specifically related to discrete mathematics courses: a summary of adapting a group discovery method to larger classes, and a discussion of using logic in encouraging students to construct proofs.

  • Brand name: MAA
  • Editor: Brian Hopkins
  • ISBN:9780883851845
  • 338 pp.
  • Paperback
  • 2009
  • Series: MAA Notes
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