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1 CHAPTER 1 Discrete Systems Discrete mathematics is the study of techniques, ideas and modes of reasoning that are indispensable in applied disciplines such as computer science or information technology. It is also a gateway into advanced theoretical mathematics. To understand its focus, it is helpful to appreciate the meaning of and differences between analog and discrete systems. Discrete mathematics is the study of discrete (as opposed to analog) systems. 1.1 Analog versus Discrete Systems The difference between analog and discrete systems is that analog systems involve smooth, continuous, unbroken movement or structures, whereas discrete systems involve individual parts or states that are clearly separate from one another. This is illustrated by the difference between a traditional (analog) clock and a digital (discrete) clock. The hands of an analog clock move in a fluid, continuous motion. In the one minute between 10:12 and 10:13, the minute hand moves in a smooth, unbroken motion passing through all instants between these two times. In an hour it passes through infinitely many different instants of time. This is an analog system. By contrast, a digital clock jumps from 10:12 to 10:13 in an instant. In an hour it records a finite (in fact, 60) instants of time. This is a discrete system :12 Analog clock Discrete (digital) clock Although calculus is not really essential to mastering most topics in discrete mathematics, it can help us gain a deeper understanding the difference between analog and discrete systems. Calculus is based on

2 4 Discrete Systems the real number system, which is an analog system. We visualize the real numbers as a smooth, unbroken, infinitely long line. You can put your finger on 0 and move it continuously to the right in a fluid motion, stopping at (say) 3. As you do this, your finger moves through infinitely many numbers, one for each point on the line from 0 to 3. This is an analog system Real numbers (analog system) Integers (discrete system) Discrete mathematics is more concerned with number systems such as the integers (whole numbers)... 3, 2, 1,0,1,2,3... whose parts (numbers in this case) are discrete entities. Putting your finger at 0 and moving to the right, you jump from 0, to 1, to 2, to 3, and so on. But discrete mathematics deals with much more than just integers. More broadly, it encompasses mathematical structures or processes that consists of individual parts, such as the steps in a computer algorithm. Even the process of rolling a dice two times in a row is a discrete system, as there are exactly 36 outcomes. The set of all such outcomes is called a sample space. Such sets can be useful. For example, if we wanted to know the probability of rolling a double, we can see that exactly 6 of these equally likely outcomes is a double, so the probability of rolling a double is 6 36 = 1 6. Chapters 2 and 3 introduce sets and counting, theories relevant to situations such as this. Another example of a discrete structure is a graph. In mathematics, the word graph is used in two different contexts. In algebra or calculus a graph is a visual description of a function, graphed on a coordinate axis. Although we do use such graphs in discrete mathematics, we more often use the word a graph to mean a network of nodes with connections between them. Here is a picture of a typical graph. a e b d c

3 Analog versus Discrete Systems 5 Its nodes are described by the discrete set { a, b, c, d, e }, and its connections (called edges) are { ab, bc, cc, de, ea, eb }. The theory of graphs is a major branch of discrete mathematics. Graphs have wide ranging applications. For example, the Internet is a huge graph whose nodes are web pages and whose edges are links between them. Google s search algorithm involves the mathematics of this structure. Any graph (such as the one above) can be defined as a pair of sets { a, b, c, d, e } and { ab, bc, cc, de, ea, eb } describing its vertices and edges. This is another indication of the fundamental importance of sets, which we will study carefully in Chapter 2. This book lays the foundation for discrete mathematics. Chapter 2 introduces the theory of sets, an language capable of describing any discrete (or analog) structure. Chapter 3 builds on this, laying the foundation for enumerating of counting the parts of discrete structures. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 cover logic and algorithms, fundamental ideas that are at the heart of mathematics and computer science. As you delve deeper into mathematics and its applications, you will find yourself in situations where you need to prove that a certain result is correct (i.e., true), and you will need to read and understand proofs written by others. This is the topic of chapters 7 through 13. This is a major part of the text, and it will build on the previous chapters. Chapters 14 and 15 deal with the important topics of relations and functions. All of this material is essential for real progress in mathematics and computer science. Although calculus is not necessary to understand the ideas in this book, you have probably studied it, and that background will serve you well. For instance, calculus requires a certain fluency in algebra and arithmetic, and that fluency is equally essential in discrete mathematics. Calculus requires a working knowledge of functions, and that background will be useful. It has also given you a grounding in certain useful notations, such as the sigma notation for expressing sums. Given a list of numbers a 1, a 2, a 3,..., a n, their sum is compactly expressed as a 1 + a 2 + a a n = n a k. k=1 All of these background topics will play a role for us. Before beginning with the theory of sets, we pause to review the binary and hexadecimal number systems. Although not absolutely fundamental for most of this text, they are important because they are the number

4 6 Discrete Systems systems that form the basis for the internal workings of computer circuitry and computations. These systems will also show up in certain examples and exercises throughout the text. Exponential notation makes an appearance here. Recall that for any number a and positive integer n, the power a n = a a a is the product of a with itself n times. Recall from algebra that if a is non-zero, then a 0 = 1. In the following pages you will encounter 10 0 = 1, 2 0 = 1 and 16 0 = 1. [Please continue to the next page.]

5 The Binary Number System The Binary Number System In daily life we use the familiar base-10 number system, also called the Hindu-Arabic number system, or the decimal number system. It uses ten symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, representing the quantities zero through nine. There is no single symbol for the quantity ten instead we express it as the combination 10, signifying that ten equals 1 ten plus 0 ones. Any other positive integer is represented as a string of symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, standing for the sum of the digits in the string times powers of ten, decreasing to the zeroth power 10 0 = 1. For example, 7406 = = Thus the number seven-thousand-four-hundred-six is represented as 7406, with a 7 in the thousand s place, a 4 in the hundred s place, a 0 in the ten s place, and a 6 in the one s place. There is little need to elaborate because you internalized this early in life. There is nothing sacred about base of ten, other than the fact that it caters to humans (who have ten fingers). If we had eight fingers, our number system would surely be base-8. Actually, for any integer n > 1 there is a base-n number system using n symbols. Although base-10 is convenient for humans, base-2 is better suited fie computer circuitry, because its two symbols can be represented by a zero or positive voltage. The base-2, or binary number system uses only two digits, 0 and 1, representing the quantities zero and one. There is no single symbol for the number two instead we express it as the combination 10, signifying that two equals 1 two plus 0 ones. Any other quantity is represented as a string of the symbols 0,1, standing for the sum of the digits in the string times powers of two, decreasing to 2 0 = 1. For example, the base-2 number equals the base-10 number = = 19. The number nineteen is represented as in base-2 because it is the sum of 1 sixteen, 0 eights, 0 fours, 1 two and 1 one. It is represented as 19 in base-10 because it is the sum of 1 ten and 9 ones. For clarity, we sometimes use a subscript to indicate what base is being used, so the above computation is summarized as =

6 8 Discrete Systems Table 1.1 shows the first sixteen decimal numbers in the left column, with their corresponding binary representations on the right. Be sure you agree with this. For instance, = 6 10 because = 6. binary powers of 2 decimal number number 0 = 0 1 = 0 1 = 1 1 = 1 10 = = 2 11 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = 16 Table 1.1. Binary and decimal representations of numbers In converting between binary and decimal representations of numbers, it s helpful to know the various powers of 2. They are listed in Table 1.2. For example, 2 5 = = 32, so 32 appears below Table 1.2. Powers of 2 Table 1.1 suggests a method for converting binary numbers to decimal. To convert a given a binary number to decimal, multiply its digits by decreasing powers of two, down to 2 0 = 1, and add them. For example, 1110 = = = 14.

7 The Binary Number System 9 Example 1.1 Convert the binary number to decimal. Solution: We simply write this number as a sum of powers of 2 in base = = = 53 Thus = 53 10, that is (base 2) is 53 (base 10). Converting decimal to binary involves running this process in reverse, which can involve some reverse engineering. Example 1.2 Convert the decimal number 347 to binary. Solution: We need to find how 347 is a sum of powers of 2. Table 1.2 shows that the highest power of 2 less than 347 is 2 8 = 256, and 347 = = Now look at the 91. Table 1.2 shows that the highest power of 2 less than 91 is 2 6 = 64, and 91 = = , so the above becomes 347 = From here we can reason out 27 = = Therefore 347 = Powers 2 7, 2 5 and 2 2 do not appear, so we insert them, multiplied by 0: 347 = Therefore 347 is the base-2 number Various cultures throughout history have used base-n number systems. The ancient Babylonians used a base-60 system with 60 different cuneiform digits (including a blank, used for what we now call 0). The Aztecs used base-20. In the modern era, some early computers used the base-3 system, with three digits represented by a positive, zero or negative voltage. Today the binary system is the foundation for computer circuitry, with 0 represented by a zero voltage, and 1 by a positive voltage. Though the binary system has just two digits, it is inefficient in the sense that many digits are needed to express even relatively small numbers. Base-16 remedies this. It is closely related to binary, but it is much more compact.

8 10 Discrete Systems 1.3 The Hexadecimal Number System Base-16 is called the hexadecimal number system. It uses 16 symbols, including the familiar ten symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 representing the numbers zero through nine, plus the six additional symbols A, B, C, D, E, and F, representing the numbers ten through fifteen. Table 1.3 summarizes this. It shows the numbers zero through fifteen in decimal, binary and hexadecimal notation. For consistency we have represented all binary numbers as 4-digit strings of 0 s and 1 s by adding zeros to the left, where needed. decimal binary hexadecimal A B C D E F Table 1.3. The first sixteen integers in decimal, binary and hexadecimal The number sixteen is represented as 10 in hexadecimal, because sixteen is 1 sixteen and 0 ones. Note = = Just as powers of two are fundamental to interpreting binary numbers, powers of sixteen are necessary for understanding hexadecimal. Here are the first few powers. (Memorizing these is not essential.) , 048, , Table 1.4. Powers of 16

10 12 Discrete Systems It is easy to see why this technique works. Just use the computation from Exercise 1.3 on page 11, but convert 1A2C to binary instead of decimal. (Here we use the fact that = ) 1A2C = A C 10 0 (base-16) = (binary). Doing the addition in columns, we get: This is the same number we would get by replacing each digit in 1A2C with its binary equivalent. Exercises for Chapter 1 A. Convert the decimal number to binary and hexadecimal , B. Convert the binary number to hexadecimal and decimal C. Convert the hexadecimal number to decimal and binary ABC 19. 5A4D 20. F B0CA 22. C0FFEE 23. BEEF 24. ABBA

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