Graduation Year

2016

Date of Submission

4-2016

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Mathematics

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Lenny Fukshansky

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Abstract

Lattices are an easy and clean class of periodic arrangements that are not only discrete but associated with algebraic structures. We will specifically discuss applying lattices theory to computing the area of polygons in the plane and some optimization problems. This thesis will details information about Pick's Theorem and the higher-dimensional cases of Ehrhart Theory. Closely related to Pick's Theorem and Ehrhart Theory is the Frobenius Problem and Integer Knapsack Problem. Both of these problems have higher-dimension applications, where the difficulties are similar to those of Pick's Theorem and Ehrhart Theory. We will directly relate these problems to optimization problems and operations research.

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