- Students should demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in formal language theory, grammars, automata theory, computability theory, and complexity theory.
- Students should be able to relate practical problems to languages, automata, computability, and complexity.
- Students should demonstrate an increased level of mathematical sophistication.
- Students should demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply mathematical and formal techniques for solving problems in computer science.

Email: last name at cs.rochester.edu

Please include the course name or number (380/theory) in email subject lines so course correspondence is easier for me to find.

Office: 70-3575 (subject to change)

- Monday 2:00-4:00PM
- Wednesday 2:00-4:00PM
- Also by appointment.

- Algorithms and data structures at the level of an introductory programming sequence.
- Discrete Mathematics. You should have taken a course
in discrete mathematics covering
- fundamentals of logic
- sets
- relations
- equivalence relations
- functions
- simple combinatorics

Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, you may work on and submit your homework in groups of 1 or 2. If you choose to work as a group of 2, both of you should contribute significantly to the solution for every question. You should submit only one copy of the homework with both your names on it. All authors have to be able to explain all solutions. Whether you submit on your own or with a partner, discussing homework with your fellow students is encouraged. However, after such discussions, all notes must be discarded, blackboards erased, and every group must write up their solutions in private without further consultations with your classmates or any written material other than your class notes, materials handed out in class, the textbook or this webpage. For every problem discussed with other students, state their names and briefly sketch the extent of your discussions (e.g. "solved together", or "clarified problem statement"). You are not allowed to look up the answers to your homeworks. I will not accept late assignments without prior arrangement. I will drop the two lowest homework grades. However, a zero for cheating will not be dropped.

Exams can not be made up except for real emergencies in which case proper documentation (like a doctor's note) will be required. If at all possible, you should contact me prior to the exam. Oversleeping, cars that don't start etc. do not constitute a valid excuse.

- 40% Homeworks and the best of
- 30% Midterm and 30% Final Exam or
- 25% Midterm and 35% Final Exam

> 88%: A; 77%-88%: B; 66%-77%: C; 55%-66%: D; < 55%: F.

You should only submit work that is completely your own. Failure to do so counts as academic dishonesty and so does being the source of such work. Submitting work that is in large part not completely your own work is a flagrant violation of basic ethical behavior and will minimally be punished with failing the course.