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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH3032 Graph Theory

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Professor B Cooper

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2009/10


MATH2210Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to the basic ideas such as connectedness, trees, planar graphs, Eulerian and Hamiltonian graphs, directed graphs and the connection between graph theory and the four colour Problem. Graph theory is an important mathematical tool in such different areas as linguistics, chemistry and, especially, operational research. This module will include some abstract proofs.


To introduce students to some of the main concepts of graph theory.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
(a) identify basic examples of isomorphic and non-isomorphic pairs of graphs, and make simple deductions involving vertex degrees;
(b) apply a selection of criteria related to Eulerian and Hamiltonian graphs;
(c) explain and apply the basic theories for trees, planar graphs and directed graphs;
(d) show a basic knowledge of graph colourings, and apply a range of techniques for identifying chromatic numbers for graphs and surfaces.


Topics chosen from:
1. Basic definitions. Adjacency matrices, connected graphs, vertex degrees.
2. Eulerian graphs and applications.
3. Hamiltonian graphs. Dirac's theorem.
4. Trees. Cayley's Theorem.
5. Planar graphs. Euler's theorem, Kuratowski's theorem (without proof).
6. Digraphs. Robbins' Theorem, tournaments.
7. Graph colourings. The five-colour theorem for planar graphs, the four-colour theorem for planar graphs (without proof). Brook's Theorem.
8. Chromatic numbers of surfaces, Heawood's inequality.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class111.0011.00
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment.15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/03/2010


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