Contact
coneill «at» math.ucdavis.edu
Mathematical Sciences
Building, Room 3149
Department of Mathematics
University of California Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
U.S.A.
Math 431 Sections 200 and 500: Structures and Methods of Combinatorics (Fall 2015)
Lectures: TTh 11:10am - 12:25pm, BLOC 121.
Final exam: Friday, December 11th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
Office hours: Monday 1:30pm - 2:30pm,
Thursday 10:10am - 11:00am,
or by appointment.
Textbook: A Walk Through Combinatorics, 3rd Edition, by Miklos Bona.
As described in the course catalog, we will cover basic counting methods, generating functions, partially ordered sets, elementary graph theory, and elementary Ramsey theory.
Announcements
August 31, 2015: Course webpage has been created, and the syllabus has been uploaded.
August 31, 2015: A tentative lecture schedule has been uploaded.
September 1, 2015: The syllabus has been updated with the correct course webpage (infinite recursion complete!).
September 1, 2015: A list of possible honors project topics has been uploaded.
September 3, 2015: An updated list of possible honors project topics is now available.
September 6, 2015: Updated office hours for Mondays have been posted.
September 27, 2015: A corrected copy of Exam Review 1 has been uploaded.
October 1, 2015: A corrected copy of Homework Assignment 4 has been uploaded.
November 3, 2015: A corrected copy of Homework Assignment 8 has been uploaded, with an adjusted deadline.
Resources
The course syllabus.
A tentative week-by-week schedule (subject to change without notice).
A list of possible honors project topics.
The Math 431 Course Page, on the Math Department's webpage.
Homework Assignments
There will be one homework assignment given each week, usually assigned on Thursday and due the following Tuesday. There will also be one preliminary assignment given each week, usually assigned on Wednesday morning and due in class the next day. I will post links to homework assignments here. If you have questions about course material, do not hesistate to ask me in class, stop by my office hours, or email me.
Preliminary Assignment 1, due Thursday, September 3, 2015.
Homework Assignment 1, due Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 2, due Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Homework Assignment 2, due Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 3, due Thursday, September 17, 2015.
Homework Assignment 3, due Thursday, September 24, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 4, due Thursday, September 24, 2015.
Homework Assignment 4, due Thursday, October 8, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 5, due Thursday, October 8, 2015.
Homework Assignment 5, due Thursday, October 15, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 6, due Thursday, October 15, 2015.
Homework Assignment 6, due Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 7, due Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Homework Assignment 7, due Thursday, October 29, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 8, due Thursday, October 29, 2015.
Homework Assignment 8, due Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 9, due Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Homework Assignment 9, due Thursday, November 19, 2015.
Preliminary Assignment 10, due Thursday, November 19, 2015.
Homework Assignment 10, due Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Exam Review Problems
Posted below are review questions for the course exams.
Exam 1 Review Problems (not to be turned in).
Exam 2 Review Problems (not to be turned in).
Exam 3 Review Problems (not to be turned in).