LIVE 39: Combinatorics
Su 12:00–1:30am from 8/21 (Your Time*)
This LIVE course contains a total of 30 hours of live video instruction (~$17/hour), plus 1 year of access to Prof. Loh's recorded videos from this course.
We’ve carefully designed our courses to maximize engagement. Each of our LIVE classrooms has at least one staff member for every 13 students. The typical class size is around 30 students.
* The official meeting time for this course is 8:00pm in New York.
The class time will change over the duration of this session, because your country's Daylight Savings Time adjustments differ from the target time zone of this course.
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The 20 course meetings are split in 16 lessons (called Day 1 through Day 16 below), and 4 homework exam discussions. Each exam discussion meeting happens after 4 lessons.
Permutations; counting with restrictions; counting with symmetry; tree diagram for representing outcomes; casework; counting pairs of objects; correction for overcounting
Venn diagram; combinations; number of subsets; patterns in counting; sum of consecutive powers of 2; multiplication principle; complementary counting; counting lists of numbers with restrictions; overlapping groups
Variation on Venn diagram; union and intersection of sets; set notation; inclusion-exclusion principle; prime factors; application of counting techniques to Number Theory; divisibility
Counting on a grid; casework; patterns in counting; rotation and reflection; rotational symmetry and reflective symmetry; factorials; permutations and combinations; correcting for overcounting
Permutations with repeated elements; multiplication principle; factorials; correction for overcounting; casework; binomial coefficients; "choose" notation; rotational and reflective symmetry
Binomial coefficients; Pascal's triangle; symmetry of binomial coefficients; patterns in Pascal's triangle; Pascal's identity; comparing binomial coefficients; hockey stick identity; combinations; casework
Binomial thm; Pascal's triangle, row sum of and relation to powers of 2; symmetry of binomial coefficients; number of subsets; powers of 11; applications of Binomial thm
Casework; allocation-of-resource problems and arrangements; complementary counting; permutations with repeated elements; application of binomial coefficients
Paths on a grid; using diagrams; permutations with repeated elements; factorials; binomial coefficients; complementary counting; reduction of a problem into subproblems; symmetry; difference of squares
Tiling problems; recursive sequences; permutations with repeated elements; aₙ notation for elements of a sequence; binomial coefficients and choose notation; case analysis; Fibonacci sequences
Correction for overcounting; patterns in counting; case analysis; counting with restrictions; multiple recursions; applications to recursion and tiling problems; general form of a recursive formula
Graph theory basics; coloring problems; node, vertex, and graph; case analysis; symmetry; pigeonhole principle; four-color theorem; complementary counting; permutations; tree diagrams
Counting ordered lists; case analysis; triangular numbers and their relationship to binomial coefficients; hockey stick identity; Pascal's triangle; ways to partition N objects (stars and bars); number of subsets
Committee-type problems and ways to form pairs; correction for overcounting; permutations; factorials; multiplication principle; double factorial notation; applications of tiling techniques to word problems
Application of counting techniques to word problems; shortest path problems; representing states using diagrams; breadth-first search technique
Polyhedra vertices, edges and faces; Euler's polyhedral formula and motivation for; correction for overcounting; Platonic solids; stellated dodecahedron
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