TTh 2:00--3:30, GDC 4.304 (in person only)
Unique Number: 52320
Course web page: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~diz/353
Office: GDC 4.508
Office Hours: MTh 3:30 - 4:30
Office Hours: TBD
|Students interested in the science of computation, who like mathematics and proofs, and who like a challenge. Students who liked CS 331 or 331H should like this class. This course is excellent preparation for graduate school.|
|Text:||Michael Sipser, Introduction to the Theory of Computation|
This undergraduate course develops a theoretical framework
to understand computation.
Perhaps the most important concept in the class is that there are
limits to computation.
Some languages are uncomputable; others are "complete"
for certain hard classes, such as NP. Sometimes these
limitations prove useful, as in the case of cryptography. We will
also explore tradeoffs and relationships between different computational
resources, such as time and space.
The course should be similar to the 2018 version.
(The 2021 version was flipped, but this year won't be.)
A list of topics and approximate times follows.
|Prerequisites:||CS 331 or 331H. Naturally, you also need the prerequisites and corequisites for CS 331, including Discrete Math (CS 311 or 311H), Probability (SDS 321 or M 362K), and Linear Algebra (SDS 329C, Math 340L, or Math 341).|
40% Final Exam
|Exams:||The midterm will be held in class on Thursday, March 9. The final exam will be held in the usual classroom on Monday, May 1, from 1-3pm. No make-up exams will be given, so plan accordingly. You may bring a single, 8.5x11 inch, handwritten sheet of paper (you may use both sides). No calculators are allowed (they won't be necessary).|
|Any student with a documented disability (physical or cognitive) who requires academic accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 (voice) or 471-4641 (TTY for users who are deaf or hard of hearing) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.|
|This class will follow the standard policies described in the CS Department Code of Conduct.|