ERIC Number: EJ720433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Mathematics and Computer Science: Exploring a Symbiotic Relationship
Bravaco, Ralph; Simonson, Shai
Mathematics and Computer Education, v38 n3 p307-317 Fall 2004
This paper describes a "learning community" designed for sophomore computer science majors who are simultaneously studying discrete mathematics. The learning community consists of three courses: Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures and an Integrative Seminar/Lab. The seminar functions as a link that integrates the two disciplines. Participation in the seminar enables students to study and appreciate the mutually beneficial relationship that exists between mathematics and computer science--a relationship that students often fail to see. Through carefully planned experimentation, students investigate how mathematics is used to formalize computer science, and how computer science can be used as a tool to explore mathematics.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Seminars, Computer Science, Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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