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In summary, the conversation discusses the course Methods of Discrete Mathematics and whether it is necessary to take it after completing the Calculus series. The course focuses on mathematical reasoning, algorithms, combinatorial analysis, and discrete structures. It does not require any calculus knowledge and is recommended to be taken sooner rather than later for math majors. The recommended textbook is "Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications" with mixed reviews.

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TitoSmooth said:What is methods of discrete mathematics?

Does your college's website or printed catalog have a course description for it?

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Methods of Discrete Mathematics

5 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 260 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

This course stresses mathematical reasoning and the different ways problems are solved. Interwoven in this course are: mathematical reasoning (logic and mathematical proofs), algorithm (use of pseudocode), combinatorial analysis (ability to count), and discrete structures and their basic applications.

this is the course description and Pre-Calculus is prerec.

I am taking Calculus 1 currently and I am doing well.

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What are some elementary discreet books to look at? My precal covered proof by induction extremely well. N the only other proofs I saw where geometry proofs 2 years ago which were extremely fun.

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A pretty standard book https://www.amazon.com/dp/0073383090/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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Hercuflea said:A pretty standard book https://www.amazon.com/dp/0073383090/?tag=pfamazon01-20

Looked at the reviews and most are bad. Can be people who don't like math in general so I take the reviews wirh a grain of salt. What is ur oppion on this book if u have used it?

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It ultimately depends on your academic goals and interests. If you plan on pursuing a degree in a field that heavily relies on discrete mathematics, such as computer science or engineering, then it would be beneficial to take the course. However, if your degree does not require a strong foundation in discrete mathematics, you may want to consider other elective courses.

This is subjective and can vary from person to person. Some students may find discrete mathematics more challenging because it involves more abstract concepts and problem-solving strategies. However, others may find it easier because it does not involve as many complex calculations as calculus.

Yes, it can be beneficial in other courses that involve problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as courses in computer science and engineering. Discrete mathematics also has applications in fields such as economics, biology, and linguistics.

While a strong foundation in mathematics can be helpful, it is not necessarily required. Discrete mathematics involves a different set of concepts and problem-solving strategies than traditional calculus courses, so having a fresh perspective can actually be beneficial.

Discrete mathematics is a fundamental course that teaches problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and critical thinking, which are valuable skills in many fields. It also lays the foundation for more advanced courses in computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Additionally, it can help improve your overall math skills and broaden your understanding of mathematical concepts.

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