Course Description, Grading Breakdown and Course PoliciesMath 121a is a standard introductory courses on combinatorics, covering structural combinatorics (finite structures, especially graphs) and enumerative combinatorics (counting, including algebraic methods). The grade will be based entirely on homework sets due
roughly every other week (most likely four over the course of the term), with
no exams. Students are allowed one free extension, to be used by sending an e-mail
to the professor. This free extension will
last one week, except that if there is a homework set due the last week of
term, that extension will at most last until the day before finals. No further extensions will be granted without
a recommendation from the relevant Dean to do so. Collaboration is encouraged, to the extent of figuring out how to approach problems; each student is of course responsible for understanding the solution and writing it up in their own words. (Also see table below.) Course Meeting Time and LocationLectures Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00 - 2:55 pm 122 Math Building (Building 15) Course Instructor Contact Information and Office Hours219 Math Building (Building 15) TA Contact Information and Office HoursKarlming Chen Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 pm, 107 Downs Email: kchen7@caltech.edu Course Schedule and TextbookA Course In Combinatics J.H. van Lint and R.M. Wilson 2nd Edition ISBN-13: 978-0521006019
AssignmentsCollaboration Table
* You may use a computer or calculator while doing the homework, but may not refer to this as justification for your work. For example, "by Mathematica" is not an acceptable justification for deriving one equation from another. Also, since computers and calculators will not be allowed on the exams, it's best not to get too dependent on them. |