Combinatorial Methods

This is a web-page for  MAT1302 “Combinatorial Methods”. Below you will find some useful information concerning the course:

  • course location: BA6183 (Bahen Centre, 6th floor, Department of Mathematics)
  • course time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 – 12:00
  • office hours: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00
  • teaching assistant: Yvon Verberne, M.Sc. (e-mail:
  • !! There is no mid-term test !! Only a final exam
  • there are six (6) assignments during the course to be graded
  • the marking scheme: 60% assignments, 40% final
  • if you have any questions, please contact me or Yvon

Course materials available online:

  • “Algebraic Combinatorics” by R. Stanley (download from the author’s web-site)
  • “Spectra of Graphs” by A. Brouwer and W. Haemers (download from the authors’ website)
  • A course script (somewhat incomplete)
  • My note on two versions of the Pumping Lemma (download link)

Textbooks that we use:

  • R. Stanley “Algebraic Combinatorics: Walks, Trees, Tableaux, and More” (Springer)
  • D. Kozen “Automata and Computability” (Springer)
  • A. Brouwer, W. Haemers “Spectra of Graphs” (Springer)

Exercise sheets (to download): no. 1, no. 2, no. 3, no. 4, no. 5, no. 6

Bon courage!



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