Term of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.)

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Thesis (open access)

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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Committee Chair

Hua Wang

Committee Member 1

Colton Magnant

Committee Member 2

Goran Lesaja

Committee Member 3

Daniel Gray

Committee Member 3 Email



Given a graph $G$, we consider the problem of finding the minimum number $n$ such that any $k$ edge colored complete graph on $n$ vertices contains either a rainbow colored triangle or a monochromatic copy of the graph $G$, denoted $gr_k(K_{3}:G)$. More precisely we consider $G=B_{m,\ell}$ where $B_{m,\ell}$ is a broom graph with $m$ representing the number of vertices on the handle and $\ell$ representing the number of bristle vertices. We develop a technique to reduce the difficulty of finding $gr_{k}(K_{3}:B_{m,\ell})$, and use the technique to prove a few cases with a fixed handle length, but arbitrarily many bristles. Further, we find upper and lower bounds for any broom.

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