Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Discrete Mathematics
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mathematics For Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Mathematical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Chiado' Piat Valeria ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 MAT/05 40 20 0 0 4
SSD CFU Activities Area context
MAT/05 6 B - Caratterizzanti Formazione teorica
Subject fundamentals
The main goal of the course is to introduce some basic techniques of combinatorial mathematics and discrete structures such as graphs and trees. Emphasis is laid on several questions (such as tiling and counting problems, decision trees, complexity estimates for recursive procedures) that can be formulated in a natural way within the framework of discrete mathematics.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the induction principle and its use in theory and applications.
Knowledge of the basic tools of combinatorics and counting.
Ability to set up, formalize and solve some typical problems of counting and combinatorics.
Knowledge, usage and solution of linear recurrences.
Knowledge of basic graph theory.
Ability to find connections between certain qualitative/quantitative properties of a graph and partial information on its spectrum.
Ability to translate some concrete problems and situations (e.g. recursive procedures or simple questions concerning tilings or enumerative combinatorics) into the equivalent mathematical/combinatorial object.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic knowledge of sets and functions.
Basic notions of calculus and linear algebra.
First counting problems. Decision trees and recursive processes. Invariants.
Functions and counting, the Pigeonhole Principle, the multiplicative and the additive principles.
Selections with or without ordering, with or without repetitions. Permutations, binomial and multinomial coefficients, binomial expansion.
Classical examples. The inclusion-exclusion principle and applications.
22 hours

Generating functions and linear recurrences. 8 hours

The Well Ordering Axiom. Weak and strong form of the Induction Principle. 4 hours

Undirected graphs, walks, paths and cycles. Eulerian and Hamiltonian cycles. Trees.
Combinatorial graph theory. Planar graphs, the Euler formula and its consequences.
Adjacency matrix and spectral graph theory. Examples of spectra.
Complexity estimates through decision trees and optimal strategies. Examples and applications, in particular to tiling problems and sorting algorithms.
Directed and weighted graphs. Basic notions on directed and weighted graphs.
26 hours
Delivery modes
Several exercises covering all the topics are discussed and solved during classes.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The course is fully covered by Lecture Notes and other material (including examples and exercises with solutions) provided by the teacher and available online for the students attending the course.
For possible deepening, any book entitled Discrete Mathematics, Graph Theory or similar will be fit for the purpose. Some specific examples are the following:
L. Lovász and K. Vesztergombi , Lecture Notes on Discrete Mathematics" (available online).
N. L. Biggs, Discrete Mathematics. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1985.
A. E. Brower and W. H. Haemers, Spectra of graphs. Springer, New York, 2012
K. H. Rosen. Discrete Mathematics and its applications, 7th edition (available online).
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam consists of a written examination, which lasts 2 hours and includes exercises and questions on all the topics of the course.
As an alternative, the students may solve written exercises and questions during the last week of the course and conclude the exam with an oral interview during the first exam session after the end of the course.
Teaching material and calculator are not allowed during the exam.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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