Spring 2020 - MATH 443 D100
Combinatorial Theory (3)
Class Number: 3712
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
WMC 2830, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 24, 2020
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
Prerequisites:MATH 340 or 332, and MACM 201 (with a grade of at least B-).
Design theory: Steiner triple systems, balanced incomplete block designs, latin squares, finite geometries. Enumeration: generating functions. Burnside's Lemma, Polya counting. Quantitative.
The modern world of combinatorics features a complicated web of amazing structures, many of which have deep connections to other subjects such as group theory, geometry, and algebra. The goal of this course is to introduce some of these special structures, understand some of their properties, and make connections between them and to other areas of math. Here is a taste of what we will discover:
- Systematic strategies for enumerating combinatorial classes, including Polya counting and generating functions
- Lattices and posets
- Combinatorial aspects of polytopes
- The projective line, Finite geometries, projective and affine.
- Steiner systems, block designs.
- Assignments (6 assignments, equally weighted) 30%
- Midterm 20%
- Final Exam 50%
A Course in Combinatorics
JH van Lint and RM Wilson
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