✶ Introductory Discrete Mathematics (Dover Books on Computer Science) Epub ✹ Author V. K . Balakrishnan – Tactical-player.co.uk
Clear and precise This is the best introduction to discrete math I have ever seen I have used it as a textbook when teaching fundamentals of discrete math for cryptography. This book is full of great examples and loads of practice problems Its descriptions, for students fairly comfortable with mathematical writing, are concise and no nonsense, which can be great It makes a good reference, in that way, but the book doesn t do much to guide your intuition It s also full of tiny mistakes seemingly due to rushed editing that should be no problem for an advanced student or someone working closely with another guide to the subject a teacher, tutor, or other textbook But for learners who might struggle with the material, these mistakes in the book can really interrupt understanding As a result, I chose not to assign this book to my students. A good comprehensive tour of the subject Like all Dover books, the print is rather small But like all Dover books, it was very affordable. This Concise, Undergraduate Level Text Focuses On Combinatorics, Graph Theory With Applications To Some Standard Network Optimization Problems, And Algorithms Geared Toward Mathematics And Computer Science Majors, It Emphasizes Applications, Offering Than Exercises To Help Students Test Their Grasp Of The Material And Providing Answers To Selected Exercises Edition It has all the topics needed for a good introductory stance for discrete structures The reviews for this text seem to be split between educators with a solid grasp of the material within the text, and frustrated students As a learning tool for new to discrete math, the average test scores of my class demonstrate this book to be a complete failure This text may provide concise explanations for those in search of a quick review of concepts, but it sacrifices its effectiveness as a learning tool for new students in exchange for a short page count Professors choosing this text are setting both themselves and their students up for a semester of frustration.As a student myself, I ll go over a few of the reasons this text has proven to be a poor choice Many of the examples within aren t thoroughly explained The author prefers to bridge steps in problems by saying of course obviously easily and thus rather than provide a step by step breakdown While these problems may be simple to understand and review for those with a solid grasp of the material, these gaps are unforgivable for students attempting to use the text to help guide learning When I work through homework problems, I use the examples and lecture notes as tools When the book s examples use phrases like of course and we easily find to jump to conclusions I do not easily see, the only result I get is frustration and wasted hours In addition, problem sets contain errors On at least 3 different occasions, my professor has had to correct errors found within assigned exercises from the book As a student, it is my first instinct to assume I did something wrong when my answer does not match that of the author I judge this text by the disproportionate amount of time I have to spend trying to google better explanations.