MATH 361 (2020) - Home Page
* Scheduled for the week starting 15/6:
Monday: Lecture help session 9 am. The zoom link is on blackboard.
Tuesday: Very short lecture video will be available on blackboard
Wednesday - no content
Thursday: There is a tutorial on assignment 9. This is live with Meenu with the usual time and "place" (zoom link)
- Quiz - this will be uploaded 6pm Thursday and available 6 pm Thursday-6pm Friday. You have 30 minutes to do the quiz. The format will be the same as the two tests, except you only have half an hour. This test will cover ramsey theory, groups and flows.
- Assignment 9 due (sorry!)
I will update the schedule every week at the weekend. Please try to keep up to date and let me know if you can't find anything or if anything is unclear.
- I (Susan) will be teaching the second half of the course. I'm planning on organizing things a bit differently . My plan is to release between two and three hours of material each week on every Monday (with the exception of this coming Monday) run a help session on the material for the previous week in the lecture slot. Videos will be released to approximately correspond to the lecture days. After the first week there will generally not be a video corresponding to the Monday lecture, although I think there will be for a couple of the weeks (if there is I will send out an email to alert you to this). Each lecture will be made up of several videos, one giving an overview of what's going on, and some giving details on the main proofs in each lecture. Make sure you watch all the videos!
- Terms Test 1 Overall the test was very well done. The average mark was 32 whereas for similar tests in the past the average would typically be about 24. I feel that this year we have a strong group. It possibly also helped that you had plenty of time to revise during lockdown. There were a few solutions that were basically perfect. Here is one very good solution. Note that the student tends to express things using words rather than symbols. In graph theory that is perfectly fine and indicates a good understanding of the concepts. Here is a copy of the test.
Covid 19 Plans
- General Clarity has finally emerged about how the course will run. Details follow.
- Lectures will be run by Zoom at the usual lecture times. You will receive an invitation to join a Zoom meeting. The first lecture will be on Tuesday 28 April at 9am. Lectures will be placed on Blackboard in the same way that current lectures are.
- Assessment The assessment will be as follows. Assignments 10%; first terms test 30%; second terms test 30%, quiz 10%, project 20%.
- Terms Tests Each terms test will be a 50 minute test. The first terms test will be held on Friday May 8 and the second on Friday 12 June. Terms tests will be available on Blackboard for the whole day. Once you have downloaded them you will have one hour to complete the test and upload it to Blackboard. We will conduct a trial test a few weeks before to test the technology.
- The Quiz will be held on Friday 26 June and will cover material taught in the last two weeks of term. It will be conducted in the same way as the terms tests except that you will have 30 minutes between download and upload.
- The Project This is completely new. You will be asked to research a topic on graph theory and write a report on it. You will have an opportunity to work on the project during the current lockdown. Details on the project will appear in the Assignment section below. The project will be due on Friday June 5; that is, three weeks before term ends.
- Geoff's Office Hours When teaching commences my office hours for this course are 10-11am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday; that is, the hour after the lecture. I will probably leave the Zoom meeting open. More details later.
- Hang in there! I think the government has done the right thing. There is a chance that we will escape the worst of it. In fact mathematics can help. Arthur Koestler, who wrote the classic book Darkness at Noon, was for some time a political prisoner in Russia. He claims that thinking about mathematics kept him sane while he was in solitary confinement. His most exciting time was when he managed to rediscover the proof that there are infinitely many primes! I genuinely believe that working on an intellectually demanding subject like mathematics can help us get through difficult times.
- General course information is available here Of course, much of this information will now be out of date.
- Lectures are Monday 9am EALT206, Tues 9am EALT206 and Friday 9am via Zoom.
- The tutorial is Thursday 9amam in via Zoom.
- Geoff's office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10 to 11am.
- Assignments. There will be 10 weekly assignments. They are due Friday 5pm. Assignments will become available on the website at least 8 days before they are due.
- Paper Free This is a paperless course. All course materials will be placed on the website in advance of the lecture. Assignments will be placed on the website at least a week before they are due. By necessity, the course has now become very paperless
Graph Theory Notes
Graph Theory Slides
Assignments and Project
Assignments will contain a diverse mix of questions of different
levels of difficulty. A student who attends tutorials and lectures and makes a serious
attempt at the assignments should be able to successfully solve at least half of the
questions. But other questions will be included that may at times challenge even the most determined
Assignments will be graded using the S/U system. This means that, as well as being awarded
a mark you will be awarded an S or a U. Each S counts as 1 towards the maximum of 10 points
for assignments. Each U counts as 0. An S is awarded if the marker believes
that you have made a serious attempt at the assignment.
Previous Terms Tests
University policies and statutes
It is worthwhile becoming familiar with the following information. Other relevant policies can be found at the academic policy