How to Count: An Introduction to Combinatorics and Its Applications (Hardback)
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How to Count: An Introduction to Combinatorics and Its Applications (Hardback)

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Hardback 361 Pages / Published: 27/03/2015
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Providing a self-contained resource for upper undergraduate courses in combinatorics, this text emphasizes computation, problem solving, and proof technique. In particular, the book places special emphasis the Principle of Inclusion and Exclusion and the Multiplication Principle. To this end, exercise sets are included at the end of every section, ranging from simple computations (evaluate a formula for a given set of values) to more advanced proofs. The exercises are designed to test students' understanding of new material, while reinforcing a working mastery of the key concepts previously developed in the book. Intuitive descriptions for many abstract techniques are included. Students often struggle with certain topics, such as generating functions, and this intuitive approach to the problem is helpful in their understanding. When possible, the book introduces concepts using combinatorial methods (as opposed to induction or algebra) to prove identities. Students are also asked to prove identities using combinatorial methods as part of their exercises. These methods have several advantages over induction or algebra.

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319138435
Number of pages: 361
Weight: 6919 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 22 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201


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"The book is an excellent introduction to combinatorics. ... The author uses a clear language and often provides an easy intuitive access to abstract subjects. The presentation is well motivated, the explanations are transparent and illustrated by carefully selected examples. Each section ends with a list of well formulated exercises which make the book ideally suited for self-instruction." (Astrid Reifegerste, zbMATH 1328.05001, 2016)

"This book by Beeler ... is an excellent introductory text on combinatorics. The author gives the right balance of theory, computation, and applications, and he presents introductory-level topics, such as the multiplication principle, binomial theorem, and distribution problems in a clear manner. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers and faculty." (S. L. Sullivan, Choice, Vol. 53 (1), September, 2015)

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