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CS1502 Formal Methods in Computer Science. Lecture Notes 16 Review for Exam2 continued Theory of Computation Introduction. 10.25. Is the following a logical truth? ~exist z Small(z)  exist z ~Small(z). 11.16. 1. Every cube is to the left of every tet.

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    1. CS1502 Formal Methods in Computer Science Lecture Notes 16 Review for Exam2 continued Theory of Computation Introduction

    2. 10.25 • Is the following a logical truth? ~exist z Small(z)  exist z ~Small(z)

    3. 11.16 1. Every cube is to the left of every tet. 2. Every small cube is in back of a large cube. 3. Some cube is in front of every tet. 4. A large cube is in front of a small cube.

    4. 11.16 5. Nothing is larger than everything which is 6. Every cube in front of every tet is large. 7. Everything to the right of a large cube is small. 8. Nothing in back of a cube and in front of a cube is large.

    5. 11.16 9. Anything with nothing in back of it is a cube. 10. Every dodec is smaller than some tet.

    6. 11.20 1. Nothing to the left of a is larger than everything to the left of b 3. The same things are left of a as are left of b.

    7. 11.20 7. Only dodecs are larger than everything else. Answer in solution: Is this correct? Hmm….

    8. Theory of Computation • Sipser text covers automata, computability, and complexity • CS1502: automata (chapter 1) • CS1511 uses the same text

    9. Theory of Computation • What are the fundamental capabilities and limitations of computers?

    10. Complexity Theory • Classes of problem difficulty (sorting < sched) • The **problems**, not the code • If can show a problem is in a certain class: • ‘easy’ keep working on an efficient solution! • ‘hard’ give up, you won’t find a fast solution • Perhaps modify the problem into an easier one; maybe solving that is good enough for what’s needed • Cryptography – want problem so decoding is intractable • Still important/answered questions. As new models of computation arise: what is tractable/intractable?

    11. Computability Theory • Which problems can be solved on a computer? • Turing Machine: • Abstract away from particular hardware, OS, PL, algorithm • Can compute anything that is a Turing machine

    12. Automata Theory • Begins with the question, what is a computer? • Real computers are too complex and messy to model. So, we define computational models (idealized computer)

    13. Finite Automata; Finite-State Machines • Simplest machines • Cannot compute everything,but operations are cheap and efficient. So, use them if you can! • Used in text processing, compilers, hardware design, etc. • Composed of states and transitions between states