Graph Theory Fall 2019


Section 51 CRN 83030, TR 2:00-3:15pm, D120

Sarah Holliday Office: D216
Phone: 470-567-4923 E-mail:

Office Hours: 
TR  . And by appointment

A First Course in Graph Theory, Chartrand & Zhang, Dover books

A grade of “C” or better in MATH 2345 or MATH 2390

This is a proofs course, you do not need a calculator. You may NOT share calculators during quizzes or exams. The use of cell phones, pagers, text or other messaging devices is not allowed during class.

Course objectives:

This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles of graph theory. Topics include but are not limited to graph representations, isomorphisms, paths, cycles, colorings, trees, matchings, planarity, graph algorithms, and optimization.
Upon completing this course students should be able to:
1. Translate between different representations of a graph 
2. Determine when two graphs are isomorphic or non-isomorphic
3. Apply algorithms on graphs
4. Identify and verify planar and non-planar graphs
5. Prove chromatic number of certain graphs

Homework, Quizzes and Examinations: 
Homework will be assigned daily, but will not be collected without advance warning. Questions on homework problems can be answered in Office Hours and/or in class. Quizzes will occur frequently, and occasionally without warning. Quiz questions will typically come from homework problems. There will be three in-class examinations, and a final

Grading Policy: 
In-class examinations will be valued at 10% each, quizzes/homework will total to 50%, and the final will be valued at 20%. 
A 90% or greater average will be awarded A
An 80% or greater average will be awarded B
A 70% or greater average will be awarded C
A 60% or greater average will be awarded D

Academic Integrity

Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.  Section II of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards.  Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI), which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimal one semester suspension requirement.

If I am contacted with an acceptable excuse before the date of the quiz or exam, then a makeup can be arranged. An acceptable excuse is in writing, contains the student's name, the date of the absence, a signature from a faculty member sponsoring the trip, contact information for the faculty member, and a brief mention of the nature of the trip.

"Important notice: Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to arrange the necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from KSU Student Disability Services. No requirements exists that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved University process."

First day of classes Monday August 19
Drop add ends Friday August 23
Labor Day Holiday Monday September 2
First Test Thursday September 19
Last day to withdraw Wednesday October 9
Second Test Thursday October 17
Third Test Thursday November 21
Fall Break November 25-29
Last day of classes Monday December 9
Exams December 10-16
Section 51 December 10, 1-3pm, in this room.
Section 58 December 10, 6-8pm, in this room.
Section 59 December 12, 6-8pm, in this room.

Grades due December 19


Students who find that they cannot continue in college for the entire semester after being enrolled, because of illness or any other reason, need to complete an online form. To completely or partially withdraw from classes at KSU, a student must withdraw online at, under Owl Express, Student Services.

The date the withdrawal is submitted online will be considered the official KSU withdrawal date which will be used in the calculation of any tuition refund or refund to Federal student aid and/or HOPE scholarship programs. It is advisable to print the final page of the withdrawal for your records. Withdrawals submitted online prior to midnight on the last day to withdraw without academic penalty will receive a “W” grade. Withdrawals after midnight will receive a “WF”. Failure to complete the online withdrawal process will produce no withdrawal from classes. Call the Registrar’s Office at 770-423-6200 during business hours if assistance is needed.

Students may, by means of the same online withdrawal and with the approval of the university Dean, withdraw from individual courses while retaining other courses on their schedules. This option may be exercised up until October 9, 2019.

This is the date to withdraw without academic penalty for Fall Term, 2019 classes. Failure to withdraw by the date above will mean that the student has elected to receive the final grade(s) earned in the course(s). The only exception to those withdrawal regulations will be for those instances that involve unusual and fully documented circumstances.

For help with your homework, or questions about the lectures, you have a lot of options. I will take a limited number of questions during class, as time permits. I am available in my office for help during my posted office hours, and any unscheduled time my door is open. For additional help, there are campus-wide resources I will announce as soon as I have the details.