Math 428, Section 1
Fall 2005

Course Description

"Colorability, connectedness, tournaments, eulerian and hamiltonian paths, orientability, and other topics from the theory of finite linear graphs, with an emphasis on applications chosen from social, biological, computer science, and physical problems." (Taken from the undergraduate catalog.)


The schedule has a list of topics, organized by week. The assigned homework will be added as the semester progresses.


Name Office E-mail Phone Office Hours
Saul Schleimer HLL-207 saulsch at dontinclude dot math dot rutgers dot edu 732-445-1935 MTh 11am to 12noon

Class meetings

Attendance will not be taken.

Activity Run by Time Location
Lecture Saul Schleimer MTh3 12:00noon to 1:20pm SEC-206


The text for this course, by Robin Wilson, is titled Introduction to Graph Theory. (Warning: the AddAll webpage takes some time to load.) I intend to follow the book's choice of topics fairly closely. However, my presentation will differ from the book's in some places. If you wish to consult another references then Douglas West's Introduction to Graph Theory is available in the Math library.

There are also, naturally enough, many online discussions of graph theory. One overview can be found at the Wikipedia Graph Theory page. Various other amazing things can be found online.

Please remember that any material that you use (or paraphrase) from a book, the web, a classmate, a professor, etc should be correctly cited. If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism please consult the Rutgers Academic Integrity Policy or come ask me.


See the schedule for the weekly list of homework problems. These are due at the beginning of the lecture one week after they are assigned. (So there is no work due the first day of class. Yay!) Your two lowest homework scores will be dropped. No late work will be graded.


Exams are closed book. No calculators are allowed. You may, however, bring a single (two-sided) sheet of paper with whatever material on it that you desire. You may also use a ruler. For any problem on the exam which is left completely blank (except for possibly the phrase "I don't know.") you will receive 25% of the available points.

There will be two midterms and a final. See the schedule for dates. At least 50% of the problems on each midterm will be taken from the homework.


The final score is composed of 30% for homework, 20% for each midterm, and 30% for the final. Grades will be assigned on a curve, modified by common sense: if every student does well every student will receive a good grade.


Please tell me in person, or via email, about any errors on this website or made (by me!) in class.