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In this sense, Kirchhoff’s work on electric circuits is considered a prototype of homology theory. See Notes (II) in Chap. 7. A homology class or a 1-cycle is an element of H1 (X, Z). As seen in the next section, for a finite graph X, H1 (X, Z) is a free abelian group of finite rank (in general, the rank of a free abelian group A is the number of elements in a Z-basis of A). The (first) Betti number b1 (X) is defined to be the rank of H1 (X, Z), which is an indicator of the “complexity” of finite graphs (see Sect.

Thus it is worth to set up a chapter for homology theory of graphs. 1 This is of course a modern interpretation of what they did. Greek mathematicians had no idea of algebra in today’s sense. ). T. 1007/978-4-431-54177-6 4, © Springer Japan 2013 37 38 4 Homology Groups of Graphs Fig. 1 Geometric algebra The reader is assumed to have knowledge of some basic facts of abelian groups. If not, he/she should consult Appendix 2. Throughout this chapter, graphs are assumed to be connected unless otherwise stated.

En ). In particular, if e is a loop edge, then ge = e. (b) Suppose g = I. One finds a non-loop edge e1 ∈ E with ge1 = e1 . By the assumption that X has no separating edges, there exists a circuit c = (e1 , . . , en ) starting with e1 . (c) Since X is non-circuit, there is a vertex x on c such that deg x ≥ 3. Without loss of generality, we may assume o(c) = x. Clearly gx = x. (d) Take an edge e1 not contained in c such that o(e1 ) = x. If e1 is a loop edge, then ge1 = e1 , and gx = x, thereby obtaining a contradiction.

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