Math 370 - Syllabus















Math 370, January 20 2010

Meeting times and location
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm,      Cupples II room 220
Note that Cupples I is the math building. Our classroom is in Cupples II!

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Math 370 is an introduction to combinatorics. Topics will include the basics of enumeration, generating functions, the inclusion-exclusion principle, partition theory, and a small amount of introductory graph theory. As time allows, we will introduce Ramsey Theory, probabilistic methods in combinatorics, and poset theory (including Möbius inversion).

The prerequisites are Math 132, Math 309, and Math 310; or equivalent mathematical maturity and experience.

Instructor:     Grader:
  Russ Woodroofe       Brady Rocks
  Cupples I 114       Cupples I 203
  Office hours: Tuesday 12:00 - 2:00 pm
                       + by appt
       Thursday 1:30 - 2:30 pm (in Lopata 323)
          + by appt
  russw at math,wustl,edu                  brocks at math,wustl,edu

Miklós Bóna, A Walk Through Combinatorics, 2nd edition.
I will cover most of Section II, and selected topics from Sections III and (especially) IV. I will update the schedule periodically with a record of the topics covered.

Your grade will be based on 2 midterm exams and one final exam, together with weekly homeworks and possibly an occasional quiz, in the proportions
Midterm exams                     20% each
Final exam30%
Homework and quizzes30%

I have scheduled the midterms for February 19 and March 26 (in-class). Note that spring break is March 8-12.
The final is scheduled by the University for May 12th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

If you are taking the course Pass/Fail, you need to do the equivalent of C- work to pass.

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