By Jenny A. Baglivo

The preliminary reasons of this 1983 textual content have been to enhance mathematical themes proper to the examine of the occurrence and symmetry buildings of geometrical items and to extend the reader's geometric instinct. the 2 basic mathematical issues hired during this exercise are graph conception and the speculation of transformation teams. half I, prevalence, begins with sections at the fundamentals of graph idea and keeps with quite a few particular purposes of graph conception. Following this, the textual content turns into extra theoretical; the following graph conception is used to check surfaces except the aircraft and the sector. half II, Symmetry, starts off with a piece on inflexible motions or symmetries of the airplane, that is by means of one other at the type of planar styles. also, an summary of symmetry in 3-dimensional house is equipped, besides a reconciliation of graph idea and team concept in a learn of enumeration difficulties in geometry.

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8 (H¨ agglund [102]) An eulerian (1, 2)-weighted cubic graph (G, w) is called a strong contra pair if, for every e ∈ Ew=2 , both (G, w) and (G − e, w) are contra pairs. Find a strong contra pair. 9 (Fleischner, Genest and Jackson [75] (revised)) If (G, w) is a cyclically 4-edge-connected, (1, 2)-weighted, contra pair with a cyclic 4-edge-cut T and w(T ) = 4, then (G, w) = (G1 , w1 ) ⊗IF J (G2 , w2 ) such that one of {(G1 , w1 ), (G2 , w2 )} is a contra pair. Remark. One may notice that we are only able to show that one of {(G1 , w1 ), (G2 , w2 )} is a contra pair, not both yet.

2 (Alspach, Goddyn and Zhang [4]) Every minimal (1, 2)weighted contra pair must be cubic. 2. Our goal is to verify the nonexistence of high degree vertex. The following is a step-by-step outline of the proof. Step 1. (1-1) The degree of every vertex is either 3 or 4. (1-2) Each degree 4 vertex is a cut-vertex of some component of G[Ew=1 ], and every block of G[Ew=1 ] is a circuit. (1-3) The even subgraph G[Ew=1 ] has a unique circuit decomposition X. Step 2. 2. (2-1) The family X of circuits has precisely two members X1 , X2 of odd lengths and all others (if they exist) are of even length.

If G has a faithful circuit cover F with respect to a weight w : E(G) → Z+ , then the total weight of every edge-cut must be even since, for every circuit C of F and every edge-cut T , the circuit C must use an even number of distinct edges of the cut T . With this observation, the requirements of being eulerian and admissible are necessary for faithful circuit covers. 4 Let G be a bridgeless graph with w : E(G) → Z+ . If w is admissible and eulerian, does G have a faithful circuit cover with respect to w?