Foundations of Computation


Description: Foundations of Computation is a free textbook for a one-semester course in theoretical computer science. It has been used for several years in a course at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The course has no prerequisites other than introductory computer programming. The first half of the course covers material on logic, sets, and functions that would often be taught in a course in discrete mathematics. The second part covers material on automata, formal languages, and grammar that would ordinarily be encountered in an upper level course in theoretical computer science..

Resource Note: Theoretical computer science textbook

Subject / Curriculum Note: Because it was designed for students with a basic understanding of programming, it could fit nicely in the foundations of computing curriculum due to it’s apparent level compared to programming. .

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