MAD 6206: Combinatorial Theory I
University of Florida, Fall 2018
Little Hall 235, MWF5 (11:45–12:35)
Office: Little Hall 412
Office hours: Mondays 8th period (3:00–3:50), Wednesdays 4th period (10:40–11:30), and by appointment
Office phone: (352) 294-2338
We will loosely follow Combinatorics: Topics, Techniques, Algorithms by Cameron.
Matching theory, Ramsey’s theorem, lattice theory, Mobius inversion, generating functions. Polya’s theorem, matroids, applications, block designs, graph theory.
Assignments & grading:
We will have (roughly) weekly homework, one in-class midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam. The homework will count for 30% of your grade. The midterm will count for 30% of your grade. The final exam will count for 40%. No scores will be dropped. Final letter grades will be assigned on a curve, which will be no tougher than the 10-point scale: 90%–100% will be some form of A, 80–90% will be at least some form of B, etc.
If you have a disagreement with the grading of one of your solutions, I ask that you submit a written request for reconsideration within one month.
Grading will be in accordance with the UF policy stated at https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx.
Honor Code: UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” TheHonor Code specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor.
Class Attendance: Attendance will not be monitored. If you are going to miss a day that homework is due, I ask that you either have someone else in the class bring your homework or email it to me before class. Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/attendance.aspx.
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