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Discrete mathematics with ducks

Author: Sarah-Marie Belcastro
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Textbooks in mathematics (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Discrete Mathematics with Ducks, Second Edition is a gentle introduction for students who find the proofs and abstractions of mathematics challenging. At the same time, it provides stimulating material that instructors can use for more advanced students. The first edition was widely well received, with its whimsical writing style and numerous exercises and materials that engaged students at all levels. The new,  Read more...
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Belcastro, Sarah-Marie.
Discrete mathematics with ducks.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
(DLC) 2018049943
(OCoLC)1075314967
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah-Marie Belcastro
ISBN: 9781351683692 1351683691 9781315167671 1315167670 9781351683678 1351683675 9781351683685 1351683683
OCLC Number: 1066741746
Notes: "An A K Peters book."
Description: 1 online resource (xliii, 657 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Counting and proofs --
Sets and logic --
Graphs and functions --
Induction --
Algorithms with ciphers --
Binomial coefficients and Pascal's triangle --
Balls and boxes and PIE: counting techniques --
Recurrences --
Cutting up food: counting and geometry --
Trees --
Euler's formula and applications --
Graph traversals --
Graph coloring --
Probability and expectation --
Fun with cardinality --
Number theory --
Computational complexity.
Series Title: Textbooks in mathematics (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Responsibility: Sarah-Marie Belcastro.

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"Discrete Mathematics with Ducks, Second Edition is a gentle introduction for students who find the proofs and abstractions of mathematics challenging. At the same time, it provides stimulating material that instructors can use for more advanced students. The first edition was widely well received, with its whimsical writing style and numerous exercises and materials that engaged students at all levels. The new, expanded edition continues to facilitate effective and active learning. It is designed to help students learn about discrete mathematics through problem-based activities. These are created to inspire students to understand mathematics by actively practicing and doing, which helps students better retain what they've learned. As such, each chapter contains a mixture of discovery-based activities, projects, expository text, in-class exercises, and homework problems. The author's lively and friendly writing style is appealing to both instructors and students alike and encourages readers to learn. The book's light-hearted approach to the subject is a guiding principle and helps students learn mathematical abstraction. Features: The book's Try This! sections encourage students to construct components of discussed concepts, theorems, and proofs Provided sets of discovery problems and illustrative examples reinforce learning Bonus sections can be used by instructors as part of their regular curriculum, for projects, or for further study"--

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