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Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:57 AM

I am looking to supplement my Computer Science major with a Mathematics minor. My CS program requires 21 hours of certain Math courses. A Math minor is 24 hours with 6 hours at the 3000-level. My program doesn't require any 3000-level courses. So I am looking for 2 courses that I could pick up to get a Math minor.

Here are some 3000-level courses:

Vector Calc
Intro to Complex Analysis
Applied Graph Theory
Set Theory

There are others too. If you have a better subject just let me know and I will check to see if my school offers it. I know there is a Cryptography class that is offered by the Faculty of Mathematics, but it is a "special topic" and is only offered every 2 years are so.

Thanks

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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:53 AM

Vector Calc, Graph, and Set Theory are all used in different areas of CS. Complex analysis sounds like it might, but I think I'd have to see a course description.
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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:59 AM

Take Set Theory - any discrete math topics are always good for CS.
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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 01:59 PM

We HAD to take Discrete Math in order to even get into our component college/major program. I am an engineering major, but I'm only 1 class away from a math minor. I decided I'm going to take Calc 4 (CEG majors only have to take up to 3).
Math I've taken:
Calc 1
Calc 2
Calc 3 (in progress)
Matirx Algebra
Discrete Math

Math I've yet to take that I need to for major in CEG:
Differential Equations
Statistics (*shudder*)

I looked at the checklist, and it says "Courses cross-lists with the student's major deparment cannot be included in the minor". So.... does this mean I'm disqualified? Great, I'm gonna have to talk to my advisor.

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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 03:41 PM

Here is a complete list of what my desired major requires I take:

MATH 1090 - Algebra & Trigonometry
MATH 1000 - Calculus I
MATH 1001 - Calculus II
MATH 2000 - Calculus III
PMAT 2320 - Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2050 - Linear Algebra
STAT 2510 - Statistics for Physical Science Students

I need to add 2 courses on top of this.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 05:19 PM

i'd pick applied graph theory, and set theory
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 07:33 PM

I absolutely love graph theory. If you are interested in data structures, I think you'll have fun in this class. I'm torn between Vector Calculus and Set Theory. I'd probably take all 4 of those classes you mentioned given the opportunity. But I love math. :)
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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:01 PM

I will only have the opportunity to take 2 of the 4, unfortunately. I think Graph Theory and Set Theory will be my choices but I have plenty of time to make a decision on that front. Thanks for the input!
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 09:27 PM

I'm glad that I found someone who shares my interests here on DIC. I havent seen many people here who are interested in Algorithms, data structures, and the math behind them.
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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:55 PM

Only 4 classes for us to choose from? Complex analysis, graph theory.
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Re: Maths Used in CS?

Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:05 AM

Nikitin: There are more than those 4, but I was lazy and didn't feel like listing all of the options.
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