Special Topics in Discrete Mathematics
Math 787
Spring 2012
MW 2:00–3:15
Harris 4145

This is a course in special advanced topics in graph theory. It is divided into three segments of equal length, taught by Professors Hammack, Cranston, and Abay-Asmerom, respectively. The material from different sections is not necessarily related. A brief overview follows.


Segment Topic Office
Richard Hammack Jan. 18 – Feb. 15 Graph Coloring and Products Harris 4105
Dan Cranston Feb. 20 – March 28 Spectral Graph Theory Harris 4109
Ghidewon Abay Asmerom April 2 –May 30 Metric Graph Theory Harris 4104a

Course web page: http://www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/Math787/

Assignments: Your grade is determined entirely by homework assignments. Each professor will assign, collect, and grade two written problem sets related to the material covered; each assignment will be out of 50 points. Thus there will be six assignments all together, for a total of 300 points. The work you turn in should be yours, and yours alone. Submission of copied work, in whole or in part, is considered an honor offense

Last day to withdraw
: March 23

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