MAS334 Combinatorics
Lecturer: Neil Strickland

Module information

The syllabus, timetable and assessment arrangements are here. There is no course material on MOLE; everything is linked from this page instead.

Lectures will be as follows:
Tuesday 17:00 Thursday 14:00
Week 1 (24/9-28/9) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 6
Week 2 (1/10 - 5/10) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 2
Week 3 (8/10 - 12/10) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 2
Week 4 (15/10 - 19/10) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Diamond Lecture Theatre 5
Week 5 (22/10 - 26/10) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 2
Week 6 (29/10 - 2/11) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Diamond Lecture Theatre 5
Week 7 (5/11 - 9/11) Reading week
Week 8 (12/11 - 16/11) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 2
Week 9 (19/11 - 23/11) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 2
Week 10 (26/11 - 30/11) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Diamond Lecture Theatre 5
Week 11 (3/12 - 7/12) Hicks Lecture Theatre A Hicks Lecture Theatre 2

Notes and problem sheets

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The notes and problem sheets are in a single file, with the problem sheets at the back. You should attempt all of the questions on these sheets, and you can also find additional problems to practise in the recommended books. Some problems from these problem sheets will be assigned as homework, to be handed in in weeks 2, 5, 8 and 10.

The notes contain statements of definitions and theorems, but no proofs. In the lectures I will give proofs and work through examples. Some of the time I will use interactive demonstrations as described below. However, I will also write things on the blackboard. Some additional handwritten notes will be released a few days after the relevant section of lectures has been finished:
Chapter 1 Chapter 2

Interactive demonstrations

There is a set of interactive demonstrations explaining many of the ideas in the course. I will talk through these in lectures, and you can try them yourself at other times. These are experimental and under development, and more of them will be added as the course progresses. I welcome comments about the extent to which they are comprehensible, useful or interesting.

Recommended books

The main recommended book is Aspects of Combinatorics by Victor Bryant
(Amazon, Google Books).
The author taught combinatorics in Sheffield for many years.

Another possibility is A First Course in Combinatorial Mathematics by Ian Anderson
(Amazon, Google Books).

Solutions to problem sheets

These will be released here as the course progresses.
Problem sheet 1

Homework schedule

Past exam papers

2017-18 Exam Solutions
2016-17 Exam Solutions
2015-16 Exam Solutions

Contact details

Neil Strickland
N.P.Strickland@sheffield.ac.uk
Hicks Building, Room J26
0114 2223852

Office hours: Thursdays at 16:00