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** Math 320 (Fall 2017): Combinatorics **

** Instructor: ** Mahir Bilen Can

**Office: ** Gibson Hall 318 A

**Office Hours: ** Mondays 3 to 4pm

**Email: ** mcan@tulane.edu

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** What is combinatorics about:
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Combinatorics is the theory of enumerating, manipulating, breaking apart and
then reorganizing of "discrete" structures. In this sense, it is a branch of algebra
but it applies to many fields of mathematics especially to geometry and representation
theory
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** What is this course about:
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- Permutations, partitions, and generating series,
- Symmetric functions and tableaux,
- Polya's cycle enumeration theorem and its applications.

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** Textbooks:
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- Generatingfunctionology by Herbert Wilf,
- Counting with symmetric functions by Anthony Mendes and Jeff Remmel.

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** Grading:
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There will be two in-class midterms and two take-home exams.
The dates of these exams are as follows
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- 1st in-class exam: September 29 (Friday)
- 2nd in-class exam: October 30 (Monday)
- 1st take-home exam: November 20 (Monday) - November 21 (Tuesday)
- 2nd take-home exam: December 8 (Friday) - December 11 (Monday)

I will not collect homework, however, I will suggest problems at the end of each week
and you will be responsible for presenting your solutions sometime during following week.