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Discrete Mathematics: Mathematical Reasoning and Proof with Puzzles, Patterns, and Games

Douglas E. Ensley, J. Winston Crawley

ISBN: 978-0-471-47602-3 October 2005 704 Pages

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These active and well-known authors have come together to create a fresh, innovative, and timely approach to Discrete Math.  One innovation uses several major threads to help weave core topics into a cohesive whole.  Throughout the book the application of mathematical reasoning is emphasized to solve problems while the authors guide the student in thinking about, reading, and writing proofs in a wide variety of contexts.  Another important content thread, as the sub-title implies, is the focus on mathematical puzzles, games and magic tricks to engage students.

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1. Puzzles, Patterns, and Mathematical Language.

2. A Primer of Mathematical Writing.

3. Sets and Boolean Algebra.

4. Functions and Relations.

5. Combinatorics.

6. Probability.

7. Graphs and Trees.

Appendix A: Rules of the Game.

Appendix B: Matrices and Their Operations.

Selected Answers and Hints.

References and Further Reading.

Index.

 

-Text is replete with “real world excursions” reinforcing the utility of discrete mathematics. 
-Online applications help improve students’ mathematical reasoning with intriguing, interactive flash-based applications which illustrate key mathematical concepts and help develop students’ ability to reason mathematically, solve problems and work with proofs.  Explore More Icons in the text direct the student to online activities at www.wiley.com/college/ensley.
- Every section contains a number of practice problems and at the conclusion of each chapter a section review outlines the major terms, concepts and skills covered in that chapter.
-Over 1,000 exercises ranging from routine reinforcement to conceptual challenges. 
-Appendices on basic matrix operations as well as an appendix explaining the basic rules and terminology for many of the games used for examples in the book. 
-Answers and hints are given in the back of the book and more detailed solutions to those exercises are found in a supplementary student solutions manual.