Practice Homework 13

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CSU Math 301
Fall 2015
Practice Homework 13
Due never! Solutions will be posted.
Remark. Make grammatically correct sentences by adding in just a few English words.
Problems.
1. Let G be a connected weighted graph in which all edge-costs are positive. Show that
the cost of a minimal spanning tree is strictly smaller than the cost of an optimal tour
(i.e., a tour solving the Traveling Salesperson Problem).
2. Show by an example that if we don’t assume the triangle inequality, then a tour found
by the Tree Shortcut Algorithm can be longer than 1000 times an optimal tour.
3. Show that the graph drawn below is not 3-colorable but is 4-colorable.
4. Let G be a connected graph such that all vertices except d + 1 have degree at most
d (the remaining d + 1 vertices may have degree larger than d). Prove that G is
(d + 1)-colorable.
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