Welcome to CS 4410,
Automata, Computability, and Formal Languages
Finite state concepts; sequential machines and state minimization;
Chomsky grammar; algorithms on grammars; computability and Turing
machines; non-computable functions.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of
the basic concepts in the theory of computation. Using precise
mathematical reasoning we seek to understand what can be computed
and with what degree of difficulty. This will lead us to identify
classes of problems that can be addressed using general algorithmic
approaches, which has practical applications (for example in
programming languages and compiler construction). We will also study
the representations for languages and their correspondence to
By the end of the course, a student will be able to:
Construct a finite state machine and the equivalent regular
Prove the equivalence of languages described by finite state
machines, regular grammars and regular expressions.
Construct pushdown automata and the equivalent context-free
Prove the equivalence of languages described by pushdown
automata and context-free grammars.
Best way to contact Dr. Martin: Email
firstname.lastname@example.org Please put "CS4410" in the subject line
of the email.
Prerequisite: CS 4100 -
please see me if you do not meet the prerequisite - CS 3100 and
Math 2300 provide the crucial background to succeed in this course
Warning: I reserve the right to make changes to the
syllabus at any time during the term by announcing them in class
and on my web page.
Grading and Policies
Final grades will be based on homework, quizzes, and exams. A plus
and minus grading scale will be used to assign final grades.
Homework and Quizzes:
In order to understand the topics and concepts we are discussing in
class, it is necessary to practice. We will use a combination of
homework and quizzes to make sure that everyone is keeping up and
understanding the material. We will discuss problems in class after
the homework is turned in, so homework will need to be turned in on
time. At least some of the quiz and exam questions will be based on
the homework, so it is important to be in class when we discuss it.
Submission of Homework: All
homework (unless otherwise stated) are to be turned as follows:
A hard copy is to be turned in at the beginning of class on the due
Exams: There will be two
exams given during the course of the semester, approximately in the
sixth of the semester and at the scheduled final exam time. The
exact time of the first exam will be announced at least a week in
advance of the exam. Each exam will account for 30% of your final
grade. Grade Summary:
Academic Honesty: The work you do for this course will be
your own, unless otherwise specified. You are not to submit other
people's work and represent it as your own. I consider academic
honesty to be at the core of the University's activities in
education and research. Academic honesty is expected at all times
in this course.
Attendance: Regular class attendance is expected; we
may do work in class that will count toward your grade. Students are
responsible for all announcements and in-class discussion.Please
email me in advance and follow up in person if you know you will
need to miss class.
Collaboration and Teamwork: On some assignments students may
be encouraged to co-operate by discussing the problems. That does
not mean labor division in terms of problem solutions. All problems
for all assignments must be done by the student who is submitting
the assignment. Copying someone else's work OR allowing someone to
copy your work are prohibited. All discussions and other aids used
must be explicitly and properly acknowledged. For instance (examples
based on Vadim Bulitko's http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~bulitko/W04):
"I discussed problem 3.43 with my
classmates K. Black and P. Posey. On problem 3.49 I received an
office-hour consultation from my instructor R. Altman.
Additionally I used sources  and  for problem 3.78.
. A.Jolie. "Fast Numeric Methods for Curvature
Approximation", Journal of Geeky Gamers, volume 36, issue C,
 F.Oz. "On Using the Force as a Theorem Proving Technique",
Jedi Archives, volume 666, number 34, May 2002."
Any unacknowledged aid (e.g., copying from other students,
copying from external sources, or elsewhere) constitutes a case of
Cell Phone Policy: During class time, your cell phone
(including headsets) must be turned off and out of sight. Any use of
a cell phone during class will result in confiscation of the phone
until that day's class has ended or your removal from the class for
that day. If you attempt to use your cell phone or leave it on
during an exam, you will be considered to have finished your test,
and I will collect your exam at that time. Exceptions may be
made only if you discuss your situation with me prior to the start
of that day's class, in this case, your cell phone must be set to
University Recording Policy: Audio or video recording (or any
other form of recording) of classes is not permitted unless
expressly allowed by the faculty member as indicated in the course
syllabus or as a special accommodation for students who are
currently registered with the Disability Resource Services Program
and are approved for this accommodation. Recordings allowed as
special accommodations are for the personal use of the DRS-approved
student, and may only be distributed to other persons who have been
approved by the DRS program. Faculty may require the student sign an
Audio/Video Recording Agreement, which they may keep for their
University Disability Services:CSU Stanislaus respects all forms of diversity.
By university commitment and by law, students with
disabilities are entitled to participate in academic activities and
to be tested in a manner that accurately assesses their knowledge
and skills. They also may qualify for reasonable accommodations that
ensure equal access to lectures, labs, films, and other
class-related activities. Please see the instructor if
you need accommodations for a registered disability. Students
can contact the Disability Resource Services office for additional
information. The Disability Resource Services website can be
accessed at http://www.csustan.edu/DRS/
Phone: (209) 667-3159
(See Schedule of Courses or Academic Calendar)
Last day to add a
Last day to drop or change
grade options (CR/NC):
September 4, October 11, November
10, November 23-24, December 12.