Math 565, Combinatorics and Graph Theory, Fall 1998 Syllabus

  • Instructor: Prof. David Grabiner
  • Office: 3827 East Hall
  • Office phone: 4-6442
  • Lectures: MWF 2-3, 4096 East Hall
  • Office Hours: MW 3-4, T 2-3
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    The assigned textbook is Kenneth P. Bogart, Introductory Combinatorics, Second Edition, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.

    The following textbooks (in increasing order of sophistication) are on reserve in the Shapiro Science Library.

    Brualdi, Introductory Combinatorics. This book covers the introductory material in more detail, and also covers a few topics not in Bogart.

    Polya, Tarjan, and Woods, Notes on Introductory Combinatorics. The actual lectures for a course similar to ours. The book is very readable, and has a particularly good treatment of Polya's Theory of Counting.

    Bondy and Murty, Graph Theory with Applications. This book covers many different areas in graph theory in a fair amount of depth, with emphasis on algorithms and applications. It will be of particular interest to computer scientists.

    Stanley, Enumerative Combinatorics, Volume I. This is a more advanced book, covering many areas related to the basic enumerative results we will cover.

    Homework and Take-Home Exam

    Homework will be assigned every two weeks. There will be a take-home final exam, due by the regular exam period for this course, December 18 from 10:30 to 12:30.

    Homework #1, due 9/25/98

    Homework #2, due 10/9/98

    Homework #3, due 10/23/98

    Homework #4, due 11/6/98

    Homework #5, due 11/20/98

    Homework #6, due 12/4/98

    Homework #7, due 12/11/98

    Final exam


    Choose a combinatorics topic not covered in this course (for example, one of the sections of a textbook which is not covered in lecture), and write a 2-3 page paper on that topic. The topic must be approved in advance. This paper may be handed in at any time during the semester; it is recommended that you work on the paper when the course covers related material.

    Lecture schedule


    60% homework + 10% paper + 30% final exam