Graphs and Groups
This course covers a number of fundamental topics concerning groups of graph automorphisms, with an emphasis on group-theoretic notions and results.
1. Fundamentals of graph theory and of group theory
2. Graph automorphisms, transitive graphs
3. Group actions on graphs
4. Cayley graphs, Schreier graphs
5. Fundamental group of a graph, coverings
6. Free group: definition, elementary properties
7. Subgroups of free groups
8. Hanna Neumann conjecture
MSc Programme in Mathematics
MSc Programme in Mathematics with a minor subject
After completing the course, the student will have:
Knowledge about the subjects mentioned in the description of the content.
Skills to solve problems concerning the material covered.
The following Competences:
- Have a good understanding of the fundamental concepts and results presented in lectures, including a thorough understanding of various proofs.
- Establish connections between various concepts and results, and use the results discussed in lecture for various applications.
- Be in control of the material discussed in the lectures to the extent of being able to solve problems concerning the material covered.
- Be prepared to work with abstract concepts (from Graph Theory and Group Theory).
- Handle complex problems concerning topics within the areas of Graph Theory and Group Theory.
5 hours of lectures and 4 hours of exercises per week for 7 weeks
Basic group theory and linear algebra, as covered by the courses
LinAlg and Alg1 or equivalent.
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Type of assessment details
- Two written homework assignments and a final 3 hours in-class written exam. Each of the two written homework assignments counts 25% towards the final grade; the students will be given 5 days to work on each. The final 3 hours in-class written exam counts 50% towards the final grade, and it takes place in week 9.
- Only certain aids allowed
All aids allowed for the two written homework assignments. The final 3 hours in-class written exam is without aids.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment
The student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Intended learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Theory exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 4
- no limit.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period.
- Study Board of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Department of Mathematical Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Damian Longin Osajda (2-6772437064776b316e7831676e)
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