As a computer scientist, your goal will be to choose or design, then implement, efficient algorithms that accomplish the goals for which they were designed, with certainty. The aim of FOCS is to give you the tools necessary to establish certainty about your algorithms: that they do what they claim to.
As such, this course introduces the fundamental mathematics used in computer science for the purpose of ensuring such certainty: discrete mathematics and the theory of computation. Discrete mathematics is the study of objects that can be counted (vague, I know)—including proofs, sums and recurrences, graphs, counting, and probability—this toolbox is essential for showing algorithms do as we claim. The theory of computation helps delineate what kinds of problems can even be hoped to be solved, and how efficiently.
Lead Instructor: Alex Gittens (gittea at rpi dot edu)
Lectures: Tue/Fri 10am-11:50am ET; Darrin 308
Office Hours: Tue/Fri 12pm-1pm ET, or by appointment; http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/gittea
Instructor: Uzma Mushtaque (mushtu at rpi dot edu)
Office Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-12:30pm ET, or by appointment; http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/mushtu
Additional staff (email for appointments):
Shianne Hulbert, Course Coordinator (hulbes)
TAs (email for appointments):
Shaunak Basu (basus6), Abhishek Gupta (guptaa10), Anish Sethi (sethia), Yufei Wu (wuy31), Shuting Yang (yangs21)
Patrick Berne (bernep), Zixiang Zhou (zhouz9), Haoyu He (heh3), Brandon Klein (kleinb2), Myron Rios (riosm2), Roman Silen (silenr), Huanchen Sun (sunh8), Samuel Marks (markss), Mingzhen (Tommy) Zhao (zhaom4), Xiangjian Zhao (zhaox8)TA Office Hours:
|Mon:||12-2pm ET, Yufei Wu, http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/wuy31|
|Tue:||4-6pm ET, Anish Sethi, Carnegie 205, http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/sethia|
|Wed:||5-7pm ET, Shaunak Basu, AE 118, http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/basus6|
|Thurs:||10-12pm ET, Shuting Yang, AE 118, http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/yangs21|
|Fri:||4-6pm ET, Abhishek Gupta, Carnegie 205, http://rensselaer.webex.com/meet/guptaa10|
|Sun:||2-6pm ET, (TAs and UG-mentors), Sunday Office Hours channel in FOCS space on WebEx Teams|
|Wed 10-11am ET||Anish Sethi, WebEx Events|
|Wed 11-12pm ET||Abhishek Gupta, WebEx Events|
|Wed 12-1pm ET||Shuting Yang, WebEx Events|
|Wed 1-2pm ET||Yufei Wu, WebEx Events|
|Wed 4-5pm ET||Shaunak Basu, WebEx Events|
- Course Syllabus
- Important Dates
- Assignments and Exams
- HOMEWORK SUBMISSION LINK (pdf only, 1MB limit)
- Solutions to DMC Pop Quizzes and Exercises
- DMC Problems
Email List: The class email list is extracted directly from SIS. If you are not registered, you will not be on the email list.
Announcements: Announcements which are made in class may not be repeated via email. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and understand all announcements made in class.