COMPX36121B (HAM)
Logic and Computation
15 Points
Staff
Lecturer(s)
Tim Stokes
4131
G.3.11
tim.stokes@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description
This paper is about the theoretical and mathematical ideas that underlie modern computing and computational thinking.
In the first section, formal languages, machines, and models of computation are introduced and studied in some detail. Topics include: finitestate automata and regular languages; Turing machines; the ChurchTuring Thesis; the Halting Problem; formal grammars.
In the second section, we take a formal approach to propositional and especially predicate logic, including an introduction to the powerful technique of mathematical induction.
Paper Structure
The paper will be taught by Dr Tim Stokes (Mathematics).
Lecture materials will be available through Moodle and recorded in Panopto. Each week, comprehensive notes will be placed on Moodle, and these will be supplemented with videos to help motivate the ideas and guide your study. This material should be worked on during the first three days of each week.
On Thursdays there will be a LIVE problem session/tutorial, covering some set problems based on that week's material. To get the most out of this time, please think about the problems first. This material is excellent preparation for upcoming assignments and tests.
You are also encouraged to either meet the lecturer in his office to obtain assistance (email tim.stokes@waikato.ac.nz, or just try dropping by), or else email queries to him. There will also be a class forum available for student discussions, which the lecturer will contribute to from time to time.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.
Required and Recommended Readings
Required Readings
Recommended Readings
Other Resources
Online Support
Moodle is used throughout.
Workload
Linkages to Other Papers
Prerequisite(s)
Prerequisite papers: MATHS135 or MATHS202 or COMPX201 or COMPX241
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: COMP235 and COMP340