MATHS 326 : Combinatorics
2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)
This course is intended for students who have enjoyed basic combinatorics and discrete mathematics presented in MATHS 254/255 and COMPSCI 225. It expands on the concepts seen in those classes: students are introduced to graph colourings, planarity and more. Several major theorems in the area are covered, for example, the Five-Colour Theorem, Euler's Formula and Hall's Marriage Theorem. The syllabus also includes incidence structures such as designs and projective planes. To show applicability of combinatorics to real-life problems we consider prefix codes and universal compression codes with applications to computer science, as well as simple games which have applications to economics and political science. After successfully completing this course on combinatorics, students will have a solid foundation in this field of growing importance and be familiar with some important applications of combinatorics. Students will also be well prepared for further graduate courses on the topic, such as MATHS 715 or MATHS 782.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
- Display a high level of knowledge about combinatorial structures and their properties. (Capability 1 and 2)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the applications and connections to other disciplines. (Capability 1 and 3)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of proof and precision in mathematics, and the ability to present arguments both formally and informally in written form. (Capability 2, 4 and 5)
- Display their ability to model and solve problems. (Capability 2 and 3)
|Final Exam||50%||Individual Examination|
|Coursework||30%||Group & Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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This course uses a Team Based Learning approach. At the beginning of the course, students are assigned to teams of approximately five students in each team. After a preliminary topic devoted to revision of the basics, the course is divided into five main topics. Each topic has the same structure: preliminary reading, available in advance, followed by a readiness assurance test (RAT). This is a multi-choice quiz based on the reading, and it has individual and team components. Near the end of each topic, there is a team task, where students are set a problem to solve as a group during class.
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Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.