Term and Year of Offering: Fall 2017
Course Number and Title: CS360, Introduction to the Theory of Computing
|1||10:00 AM - 11:20 AM Tu Th||MC 4040||Jeffrey Shallit|
|Instructor's Name||Office Location||Contact||Office Hours|
|Jeffrey Shallit||DC email@example.com||2:30 - 3:30 PM Wednesdays, or by appt, or when office door is open|
|TA's Name||Office Location||Contact||Office Hours|
|Jian Li||DC firstname.lastname@example.org||Th 2 PM - 3 PM|
|Vijay Subramanya||DC email@example.com||W 11 AM - 12 Noon|
Deterministic and non-deterministic finite automata and their equivalence. Equivalence with regular expressions. Closure properties. The pumping lemma and applications.Context-free Grammars (10 hours)
Definitions. Parse trees. The pumping lemma for CFLs and applications. Normal forms. General parsing. Sketch of equivalence with pushdown automata.Turing Machines (9 hours)
Designing simple TMs. Variations in the basic model (multi-tape, multi-head, non-determinism). Church-Turing thesis and evidence to support it through the study of other models.Undecidability (7 hours)
The undecidability of the halting problem. Reductions to other problems. Reduction in general.
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