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Fibonacci and Catalan Numbers: An Introduction

by Ralph P. Grimaldi

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0470631570, Hardcover)

Discover the properties and real-world applications of the Fibonacci and the Catalan numbers

With clear explanations and easy-to-follow examples, Fibonacci and Catalan Numbers: An Introduction offers a fascinating overview of these topics that is accessible to a broad range of readers.

Beginning with a historical development of each topic, the book guides readers through the essential properties of the Fibonacci numbers, offering many introductory-level examples. The author explains the relationship of the Fibonacci numbers to compositions and palindromes, tilings, graph theory, and the Lucas numbers.

The book proceeds to explore the Catalan numbers, with the author drawing from their history to provide a solid foundation of the underlying properties. The relationship of the Catalan numbers to various concepts is then presented in examples dealing with partial orders, total orders, topological sorting, graph theory, rooted-ordered binary trees, pattern avoidance, and the Narayana numbers.

The book features various aids and insights that allow readers to develop a complete understanding of the presented topics, including:

Real-world examples that demonstrate the application of the Fibonacci and the Catalan numbers to such fields as sports, botany, chemistry, physics, and computer science

More than 300 exercises that enable readers to explore many of the presented examples in greater depth

Illustrations that clarify and simplify the concepts

Fibonacci and Catalan Numbers is an excellent book for courses on discrete mathematics, combinatorics, and number theory, especially at the undergraduate level. Undergraduates will find the book to be an excellent source for independent study, as well as a source of topics for research. Further, a great deal of the material can also be used for enrichment in high school courses.

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"In this one-of-a-kind book, Ralph Grimaldi uses his extensive experience from the classroom and as a leader of mini-courses to present an accessible, single resource on the topics of Fibonacci Numbers and Catalan Numbers. The book first embarks on a complete treatment of Fibonacci numbers. Starting with a historical background on the topic, the author goes on to present the properties of Fibonacci numbers, a slew of introductory-level examples, and in-depth discussion of related topics including compositions and palindromes; tiling and Fibonacci numbers; solving linear recurrence relations; graph theory; Lucas numbers; and alternate Fibonacci numbers. The second half of the book explores Catalan numbers, and the author builds a complete foundation to the topic using a historical background and introductory examples, along with coverage of partial orders, total orders, topological sorting, graph theory, rooted ordered binary trees, pattern avoidance, and the Narayana numbers. Coverage of both topics are accompanied by interesting, real-world examples from areas such as sports, botany, and computer science. Each section concludes with detailed exercise sets that can also serve as extended examples of the presented material along with selected solutions. An Instructor's Manual featuring complete solutions is available upon written request, and extensive reference sections outline resources for further study of the discussed topics."--… (more)

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