Combinatorics: The Fine Art of Counting

Summer 2007

Four color United States map, representing the Four Color Theorem.
Four color map of the United States, representing the Four Color Theorem. (Image by MIT OCW.)

Course Description

Love math but bored in math class? This is the course for you! Combinatorics is a fascinating branch of mathematics that applies to problems ranging from card games to quantum physics to the internet. The only pre-requisite is basic algebra; however we will be covering a lot of material. A mathematically agile mind will be helpful.

Introductory Video

View an introduction from the instructor outlining the aims of the course.

More introductory videos are available in Meet the Instructor Videos.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

Student Instructor:

Andrew Sutherland


One session / week

2 hours / session