U08606 Discrete Mathematics
Semester 2 2013/14
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U08606 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS – Coursework 2
There are seven questions on this assignment
Question 1 (5 marks)
The functions f :R R and g :R R are given by
1 ( ) 3
x f x and gx x () 3 2 .
Determine the functions gf x ( ) and f g x ( ).
Question 2 (5 marks)
Of a company’s personnel, 9 work in manufacturing, 6 in marketing and 3 in accounting. A
project group of 6 is to be formed to plan the launch of a new product.
In how many ways can the project group be formed if
(a) the project group includes two members from each department?
(b) manufacturing is to have at least two representatives?
Question 3 (5 marks)
Consider the following graphs G1 and G2.
2 2 3 4 5
5 6 6
For each of the graphs G1 and G2 , state whether or not the graph is
(a) Eulerian and (b) Hamiltonian.
If the graph is Eulerian give an Eulerian trail and if the graph is Hamiltonian give a
Question 4 (5 marks)
The following table gives the distances (in miles) between six towns A, B, C, D, E and F.
A B C D E F
A – 7 26 28 37 16
B 7 – 18 23 28 20
C 26 18 – 8 11 30
D 28 23 8 – 13 42
E 37 28 11 13 – 29
F 16 20 30 42 29 –
(a) Use the minimal spanning tree algorithm to find a network of minimal total length
linking all six towns. What is the total length of the network?
(b) Use the nearest neighbour algorithm (starting at town C) to find a circular route
visiting all six towns. What is the total length of the route?
Question 5 (5 marks)
Given the following table of modules and their prerequisites, use the Topological Sort
Algorithm to find a total ordering in which the modules can be taken sequentially. Show
Advanced Mathematical Methods B
Basic Mathematical Methods none
Core Electronics B
Digital Imaging E, F
Fourier Analysis A, C
Question 6 (10 marks)
Let C denote the set of lower case characters of the English alphabet, and let S denote the
set of strings of such characters. N is the set of natural numbers.
The following basic primitive functions for manipulating elements of S are given:
CHAR : S C where CHAR(s) is the first character of the non-empty string s,
REST : S S where REST(s) is the string obtained from the non-empty string s by
removing its first character,
ADD : C S S where ADD(c, s) is the string obtained by adding the character c to the
front of the string s,
LEN : S N where LEN(s) is the number of characters in s,
REV : S S where REV(s) is the string obtained from the non-empty string s by
reversing the characters in s.
(a) A function F : S S is given by
F(s) = ADD(CHAR(REV(s)), REV(REST(REV(s)))).
Evaluate F(s) when s = “apples”.
Describe in words the effect of F on any string s containing at least two characters.
(b) The function PEN(s) removes the penultimate (last but one) character from an input
string s of length at least two, leaving the rest of the string intact. For example,
PEN(“robes”) = “robs”. Express the function PEN(s) in terms of the basic primitive
(c) Trace the values of u, v, s, LEN(v) and LEN(s) in the following algorithm when s =
while LEN(v) < LEN(s) do
u := CHAR(s);
s := REST(s);
v := ADD(u,v);
v := REV(v);
Describe in words the effect of the algorithm on an arbitrary string s. What happens if
the input string is of odd length?
Question 7 (10 marks)
The following algorithm, bubblesort, sorts a list of n integers into increasing order by
successively comparing adjacent elements and interchanging them if they are in the wrong
Input x1, x2, x3, …, xn ; begin
for i := 1 to (n – 1) do
for j := 1 to (n – i) do
if xj > xj+1
temp:= xj ;
xj := xj+1 ;
:= temp ; end
Output x1, x2, x3, …, xn ;
(a) When n = 4, trace the values of i, j, x1, x2, x3 and x4 for the input values x1 = 3, x2 = 2,
x3 = 7, x4 =1.
(b) A time complexity function T(n) can be found for bubblesort by counting the
number of times the comparison j x > j 1 x is made for a general positive input n.
Show that T(n) is . 2 O n
(c) Another sorting algorithm requires comparisons to sort a list of n integers
into ascending order. Is this algorithm more efficient than bubblesort? Briefly
justify your answer.
2 3 log n n
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