18.204 Undergraduate Seminar in Discrete Mathematics

Spring 2019, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Class meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm–2:30pm in 2-151
Instructor: Zilin Jiang (use Doodle to schedule meetings)
Communication specialist: Malcah Effron (use Calendly to schedule meetings)

Course description

Seminar in combinatorics, graph theory, and discrete mathematics in general. Participants read and present papers from recent mathematics literature. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication provided. Enrollment limited.


3 presentations worth 16.67% each, 2 in-class midterms worth 11.11% each, and the term paper for 27.77%.
Attendance policy: Without a valid excuse such as illness, failure to show up at one’s own talk or missing more than 3 classes results an immediate failure.


(Schedule subject to change)

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2/5 Introduction 2/7 Presentation workshop
2/12 Lisa Everest
Tyler Barr
2/14 Will Fox
James Allen
2/19 No class (Monday schedule) 2/21 Anshula Gandhi
Kundan Chintamaneni
2/26 Kevin Shen
Jeet Mohapatra
2/28 Thomas Dudzik
Xiaoxi Wang
3/5 Christopher Wang
Yuan Yao
3/7 Neha Prasad
Kuo-An Wei
3/12 Matthew Farejowicz
In-class midterm #1
3/14 Anshula Gandhi
Yuan Yao
3/19 James Allen
Matthew Farejowicz
3/21 Writing workshop
3/26 No class (Spring vacation) 3/28 No class (Spring vacation)
4/2 Will Fox
Xiaoxi Wang
4/4 Lisa Everest
Tyler Barr
4/9 Kundan Chintamaneni
Jeet Mohapatra
4/11 Kevin Shen
Thomas Dudzik
4/16 No class (Patriots’ Day) 4/18 Presentation workshop
4/23 Christopher Wang
Neha Prasad
4/25 Kuo-An Wei
In-class midterm #2
4/30 Jeet Mohapatra
Kuo-An Wei
James Allen
5/2 Anshula Gandhi
Will Fox
Lisa Everest
5/7 Thomas Dudzik
Yuan Yao
Neha Prasad
5/9 Peer critique
5/14 Matthew Farejowicz
Xiaoxi Wang
Kevin Shen
5/16 Tyler Barr
Kundan Chintamaneni
Christopher Wang