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Graph Theory – Fall 2008
Course: Math 634, Fall 2008.
Textbook: Pearls in Graph Theory by Hartsfield and Ringel
This class covers: Sections from Chapters 1-3 and 8-10, plus additional topics.
Homework Policy: DO IT! There will be two types of homework in this class, due weekly. There will be written homework assignments that you turn in and discussion homework assignments that will be presented at the board. Each homework will be posted on the course web page the previous week. The course schedule details the schedule of homework assignments.
It is important to learn how to express yourself in the language of mathematics. In the homework, you should show your work and explain how you did the problem. This is the difference between an Answer and a Solution. It should be obvious to the person reading the homework how you went about doing the problem. This will often involve writing out explanations for your work in words. Imagine that you need an example to help refresh your memory for another class in six months!
A guiding principle that I suggest you follow is "Be precise and concise." That is, you should take great care to write your solutions so that you leave no ambiguity to what you mean and that you write no more than is necessary.
There will be no late homework allowed. If you are not planning to be in class, let me know and get it to me beforehand. This is your responsibility.
Discussion Homeworks and the Discussion Board:
Graph Theorist Report: In addition to the homeworks, you will be writing a three-page report on a graph theorist of your choice. More information can be found HERE.
It is useful to form study groups to work on homework. Be sure to include an acknowledgment to your groupmates
on your homework. At the beginning the problems will seem easy enough to
plug and chug on your own, but as the quarter progresses the questions become quite complex indeed. Study groups
good. Copying solutions bad. When a group works on a problem, everyone can participate. But when you write up
the answers to the problems, write it up in your own way.
I will take off points from all parties if multiple solutions are the same.
Exams: There will be a midterm exam and a final exam. They will be a class period in length and no calculators or study aides are allowed (or are necessary). There will be no make-up exam except in the case of a documented emergency. In the event of an unavoidable conflict with the midterm (an athletic meet, wedding, funeral, etc...), you must notify me at least one week before the date of the exam so that we can arrange for you to take the exam BEFORE the actual exam date.
Office Hours: I will hold regular office hours this semester. My schedule this semester can be found here. I plan to hold extra office hours before the exams.
Cheating/Plagiarism: DON'T DO IT! Both receiving and supplying the answers on an exam is cheating. Copying homework solutions is considered cheating. I take cheating very seriously. If you cheat, you will receive a zero for the quiz/exam and I will report you to the Academic Honesty Committee. If you cheat twice, you will receive a zero for the class. Please do realize that working together on homework is not cheating.
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Christopher Hanusa – Queens College – Mathematics Department.