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  • Title: A Spiral Workbook for Discrete Mathematics
  • Author(s) Harris Kwong
  • Publisher: Open SUNY Textbooks; 1 edition (December 18, 2015)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC-SA
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • eBook: PDF
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942341180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942341185
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Book Description

This is a textbook that covers the standard topics in a sophomore-level course in discrete mathematics: logic, sets, proof techniques, basic number theory, functions, relations, and elementary combinatorics, with an emphasis on motivation. It explains and clarifies the unwritten conventions in mathematics, and guides the students through a detailed discussion on how a proof is revised from its draft to a final polished form. Hands-on exercises help students understand a concept soon after learning it.

The text adopts a spiral approach: many topics are revisited multiple times, sometimes from a different perspective or at a higher level of complexity. The goal is to slowly develop students’ problem-solving and writing skills.

About the Authors
  • Harris Kwong is a mathematics professor at SUNY Fredonia. He was born and raised in Hong Kong. After finishing high school there, he came to the United States to further his education. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on combinatorics, number theory, and graph theory. His work appears in many international mathematics journals.
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