The normal distribution is a type of continuous probability distribution for a real-valued random variable. It is characterized by its mean and standard deviation, and has unique properties that make it useful in analytic studies. It is sometimes informally referred to as a bell curve.

CS 70 presents key ideas from discrete mathematics and probability theory with emphasis on their application in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. It addresses a variety of topics such as logic, induction, modular arithmetic, and probability. Sophomore mathematical maturity and programming experience equivalent to an Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam are prerequisites.