MAD 6206 -- Spring 2020 //
Enumerative Combinatorics

Classroom: Science Building (SE-43) 215
Instructor: Zvi Rosen
Email address:
Office: Science Building (SE-43) 224
Office Hours: TBD at first class meeting.

Quick links: Problem Sets | Grading | Readings | Presentations

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Course Textbook: Enumerative Combinatorics, volume 1 by Richard Stanley, available for purchase at the bookstore, or at Amazon, or for FREE on the author's website!

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Course website:
Occasional class business (e.g. grades) will be managed on the Canvas site, but most material will be posted here.

Course Syllabus (pdf)
Grading Scheme: Grades for this class will be composed of: Attendance is expected but is not a component of the grade.
Course Readings: This is a tentative outline of the course, which will change over the course of the semester. You are encouraged to keep up with readings from EC (Enumerative Combinatorics by Stanley). Readings from other texts will be useful as reference, but are not required.
Week of Tuesday Thursday
1/13 EC 1.1 EC 1.9
1/20 EC 1.2 EC 1.3-1.4
1/27 EC 1.5 EC 1.8
2/3 BLL 1.1-1.3 BLL 1.4
2/10 BLL Apdx 1 1.10
2/17 EC 2.1-2.2 EC 2.3
2/24 EC 2.4 EC 2.5
3/2 EC 2.6 EC 2.7
3/9 Spring Break Spring Break
3/16 EC 3.1 EC 3.2
3/23 EC 3.3 EC 3.4-3.5
3/30 EC 3.6 EC 3.7-3.8
4/6 EC 3.9-3.10 EC 3.11
4/13 Student Student
4/20 Student Student
Problem Sets: Assignments will be posted here at least 2 weeks before they are due.
  1. Problem Set 1, due February 13.
  2. Problem Set 2, due March 4.
  3. Problem Set 3, due April 8.
Please focus on clarity of presentation and communication in your writeups. The writeup may be submitted via e-mail or in a physical copy during class. You are encouraged to work with your classmates, but please write up your solutions independently.
Presentations: At the end of the semester a number of classes will be devoted to student presentations. The presentations will last 80 minutes (a full class period) and they will be either:
  1. Exposition of a topic in combinatorics not discussed in the semester, or
  2. Presentation of a research paper in combinatorics.
The first part of this assignment is a written proposal, due March 24, giving an outline of what you would like to present. I will return notes and suggested modifications. The presentations will be on the last n sessions of the semester.
Presentation Materials: