Rhea Section for MA279: "Modern Mathematics"

Professor Walther, Spring 2016


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Course Info

  • Instructor: Prof. Walther
    • Office: MATH 746
    • email: walther at math dot purdue dot edu
    • Office hours: Tue 1:30-2:30, Th 2:00-3:00.
  • Class time and location: TTh 9:00-10:15, UNIV 217
  • Book: Excursions in modern mathematics (P. Tannenbaum), 7th edition.

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Your turn! Student Projects

As per the syllabus, 5% of your grade will be based on contributing a Rhea page on a subject related to the course. To pick a subject, simply write your group name next to it.


  • No more than one group per subject.
  • Once a group has signed up with a project, this project is closed to other groups.
  • A group cannot un-sign from a subject they signed up for. Signing up is permanent.

Your project page will be graded based on content as well as interactions with other people (page views, comments/questions on the page, etc.). The number of links to other courses and subjects will also be taken into account: the more the merrier! Do not simply copy the book and do not plagiarize. Read Rhea's copyright policy before proceeding.

For some lovely contributions, see Honors Project 2011 by Daniel Lee.

Deadline: Sunday before dead week. No changes after that will be taken into account.

Topic Number Topic Description Team Name
1 The Chinese Postman Problem (5.c) Group J
2 Swarm Intelligence (6.c) Group E
3 DNA-based computing (6.b) Name
4 Privacy and Social Networks (7.c) Group F
5 Alternatives to Kruskal's algorithm (7.a) Group C
6 P vs NP: a Clay Millennium Problem with economic flavor Group I
7 Dijkstra's algorithm and its variants for shortest paths (7.b) Group D
8 Tournaments (8.c) Group B
9 The graph isomorphism problem: theory and applications Group A
10 Scheduling (Chapter 8) Group G
11 The transportation problem: a glimpse into linear programming Group H
12 The economic impact of mathematical algorithms in society Name

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