Term of Award

Spring 2024

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

Tricia Brown

Committee Member 2

Daniel Gray


In some sense, chemical graph theory applies graph theory to various physical sciences. This interdisciplinary field has significant applications to structure property relationships, as well as mathematical modeling. In particular, we focus on two important indices widely used in chemical graph theory, the Merrifield-Simmons index and Hosoya index. The Merrifield-Simmons index and the Hosoya index are two well-known topological indices used in mathematical chemistry for characterizing specific properties of chemical compounds. Substantial research has been done on the two indices in terms of enumerative problems and extremal questions. In this thesis, we survey known extremal results and consider the generalized version of both topological indices.

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