# Thread: Best way to prepare for Discrete I ?

1. ## Best way to prepare for Discrete I ?

I'm going to be taking Discrete Mathematics I in a couple of months and I figured why not try to get a head start, or review things that I will be using a lot in the class.
Class description:

MA 220 Discrete Mathematics
Sets, algorithms, directed graphs, relations, matrices, equivalence relations, partial orders, functions, logic, mathematic induction.

Figured this is the best place to post, any tutorials, videos, or just random suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks

2. For those

3. The first few chapters of a good text in set theory.

That will put the material in a Discrete Mathematics course all in a clear and systematic context.

4. I'd recommend the book from Pearson its called "Discrete Matematical Structures" and it covers most of the basic stuff. However the algebra in it, is a bit vague, but if you can find a cheap copy of it, do it

5. Originally Posted by doomgaze
I'm going to be taking Discrete Mathematics I in a couple of months and I figured why not try to get a head start, or review things that I will be using a lot in the class.
Class description:

MA 220 Discrete Mathematics
Sets, algorithms, directed graphs, relations, matrices, equivalence relations, partial orders, functions, logic, mathematic induction.

Figured this is the best place to post, any tutorials, videos, or just random suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks
I took Discrete last fall term. I would recommend Discrete Mathematics with Applications by Susanna S. Epp to explain the stuff if you want to get a head start. You can buy an older version off Amazon pretty cheap.

Our class required Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications sixth ed by Kenneth H. Rosen. It is a comprehensive text and good for reference or a doorstop but it is horrible to learn from. Plus I had a horrible instructor who decided to give us quizzes and tests on even numbered problems from Rosen which are not explained in the text and no answers in the solutions manual.

If taught correctly, Discrete can be fascinating. If you get a bad instructor it can be like eating stewed poison ivy for lunch.

Good luck.

6. If you go to Amazon.com you can find used books by both Sue Epps and Ken Rosen for rock bottom prices. It does not matter as to the edition. Because any of those books will serve you well as a reference.

I prefer Epps myself.