CSE 350: Theory of Computation: Honors (Fall 2021)


1   Class Meetings

2   Course Description

An introduction to the abstract notions encountered in machine computation. Topics include finite automata, regular expressions, and formal languages, with emphasis on regular and context-free grammars. Questions relating to what can and cannot be done by machines are covered by considering various models of computation, including Turing machines, recursive functions, and universal machines.

3   Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the students should have an understanding of different models of computation, their strengths and limitations, as well as why some problems cannot be solved by a computer. The students should have the ability to argue about the the correctness and complexity of a computational algorithm as well as perform reductions between different computational problems.

4   Prerequisites

C or higher: CSE 215/150 or CSE 214/160

5   Textbook

Introduction to the Theory of Computation, 3rd edition, by Michael Sipser

6   Grading

The grading will be based on the following examinations and assignments:

Note the following:

7   Tentative Examination Dates and Times:

8   Tentative Class Schedule

Week Lecture Topics Assignments
1--4 Finite automata, non-determinism, regular languages, pumping lemma. [Chap. 0--1] HW1 due
5--6 Context-free languages, grammars, pushdown automata [Chap. 2] HW2 due
7--10 Turing machines, decidability, reductions, computability [Chap. 3--5] HW3 due + Midterm
11--13 Complexity theory, NP Completeness [Chap. 7] HW4 and HW5 due
14--15 Selected Advanced Topics [Chap. 6--10] HW6 due

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12   Reasonable Accommodation

Students are expected to attend every class, report for examinations and submit major graded coursework as scheduled. If a student is unable to attend lecture(s), report for any exams or complete major graded coursework as scheduled due to extenuating circumstances, the student must contact the instructor as soon as possible. Students may be requested to provide documentation to support their absence and/or may be referred to the Student Support Team for assistance. Students will be provided reasonable accommodations for missed exams, assignments or projects due to significant illness, tragedy or other personal emergencies. In the instance of missed lectures or labs, the student is responsible for seeking notes from a classmate or an identified class note taker. Please note, all students must follow Stony Brook, local, state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID. For questions or more information click here.