Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Date Information

May 2020

Department

Mathematics

First Advisor

Brian Travers

Abstract

Coloring is an important part of graph theory. Historically, it was thought that only four colors could be the minimal number of colors. This paper discusses the Four Color Theorem and how the Four Color Theorem is applied to graphs. This paper gives an overview of several different definitions involved with graphs and shows how to create a dual graph. This paper also discusses how a graph of 12 regions has at least one region bounded by less than five edges. The paper includes several figures which include graphs, dual graphs, and different colorings. The paper also provides a proof which shows mathematically why a graph of 12 regions has at least one region bounded by less than five edges.

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