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1 Chapter 12 and 11.1 Planar graphs, regular polyhedra, and graph colorings Prof. Tesler Math 184A Fall 2014 Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

2 Planar graphs Definition A planar embedding of a graph is a drawing of the graph in the plane without edges crossing. A graph is planar if a planar embedding of it exists. Consider two drawings of the graph K 4 : V = {1, 2, 3, 4} E = { {1, 2}, {1, 3}, {1, 4}, {2, 3}, {2, 4}, {3, 4} } Non planar embedding 3 4 Planar embedding The abstract graph K 4 is planar because it can be drawn in the plane without crossing edges. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

3 How about K 5? Both of these drawings of K 5 have crossing edges. We will develop methods to prove that K 5 is not a planar graph, and to characterize what graphs are planar. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

4 Euler s formula for planar graphs Euler s Theorem on Planar Graphs Let G be a connected planar graph (drawn without crossing edges). Define V = number of vertices E = number of edges F = number of faces, including the infinite face Then V E + F = 2. Note: this notation conflicts with standard graph theory notation V = set of vertices, E = set of edges. Example face 1 face 2 face 3 face 4 (infinite face) V = 4 E = 6 F = 4 V E + F = = 2 Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

5 Euler s formula for planar graphs V = 10 E = 15 F = 7 V E + F = = 2 Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

6 Spanning tree A spanning tree of a connected graph is a subgraph that s a tree reaching all vertices. An example is highlighted in red. We previously saw we could obtain a spanning tree of any connected graph by repeatedly picking any cycle and removing an edge, until there are no cycles remaining. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

7 Proof of Euler s formula for planar graphs V E+F = = = = 2 We will do a proof by induction on the number of edges = 2 Motivation for the proof: Keep removing one edge at a time from the graph while keeping it connected, until we obtain a spanning tree. When we delete an edge: V is unchanged. E goes down by 1. F also goes down by 1 since two faces are joined into one. V E + F is unchanged. When we end at a tree, E = V 1 and F = 1, so V E + F = 2. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

8 Proof of Euler s formula for planar graphs Let G be a connected graph on n vertices, drawn without crossing edges. We will induct on the number of edges. Base case: The smallest possible number of edges in a connected graph on n vertices is n 1, in which case the graph is a tree: V = n E = n 1 F = 1 (no cycles, so the only face is the infinite face) V E + F = n (n 1) + 1 = 2 Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

9 Proof of Euler s formula for planar graphs Induction step: Let G be a connected planar graph on n vertices and k edges, drawn without edge crossings. The base case was k = n 1. Now consider k n. Assume Euler s formula holds for connected graphs with n vertices and k 1 edges. Remove an edge from any cycle to get a connected subgraph G. G has V vertices, E edges, and F faces: V = V = n E = E 1 = k 1 since we removed one edge. F = F 1 since the faces on the two sides of the removed edge were different but have been merged together. Since E = k 1, by induction, G satisfies V E + F = 2. Observe that V E + F = V (E 1) + (F 1) = V E + F, so V E + F = 2 also. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

10 Graph on a sphere Consider a graph drawn on a sphere. Poke a hole inside a face, stretch it out from the hole and flatten it onto the plane. (Demo) The face with the hole becomes the outside or infinite face, while all the other faces are distorted but remain finite. If a connected graph can be drawn on a surface of a sphere without edges crossing, it s a planar graph. The values of V, E, F are the same whether it s drawn on a plane or the surface of a sphere, so V E + F = 2 still applies. Figure: Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

11 3D polyhedra without holes are topologically equivalent to spheres Pyramid with a square or rectangular base: 3 2 Poke a pinhole in the base of the pyramid (left). Stretch it out and flatten it into a planar embedding (right). The pyramid base (left) corresponds to the infinite face (right). Euler s formula (and other formulas we ll derive for planar embeddings) apply to polyhedra without holes. V = 5, E = 8, F = 5, V E + F = = Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

12 Beyond spheres graphs on solids with holes A torus is a donut shape. It is not topologically equivalent to a sphere, because of a hole. Consider a graph drawn on a torus without crossing edges. An m n grid on a torus has V = mn, E = 2mn, F = mn V E + F = mn 2mn + mn = 0 Theorem: for a graph on a g-holed torus, V E + F = 2(1 g). (g = 0 for sphere, 1 for donut, etc.) Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

13 More relations on V, E, F in planar graphs Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

14 Face degrees A A2 A1 B1 B5 B6 B4 B3 A3 B B2 C1 C5 A4 A7 C2 C A6 C3 C4 A5 Face degrees Trace around a face, counting each encounter with an edge. Face A, has edge encounters A1 through A7, giving deg A = 7. Face B has edge encounters B1 through B6, including two encounters with one edge (B5 and B6). So deg B = 6. deg C = 5. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

15 Face degrees A A2 A1 B1 B5 B6 B4 B3 A3 B B2 C1 C5 A4 A7 C2 C A6 C3 C4 A5 Total degrees The sum of the face degrees is 2E, since each edge is encountered twice: S = deg A + deg B + deg C = = 18 2E = 2(9) = 18 The sum of the vertex degrees is 2E for all graphs. Going clockwise from the upper left corner, we have = 18. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

16 Face degrees Empty graph One edge graph Multigraph Face degree 0 Face degree 2 Face degree 2 Face degree 1 Faces usually have at least 3 sides, but it is possible to have fewer. In a simple (no loops, no multiedges) connected graph with at least three vertices, these cases will not arise, so all faces will have face degree at least 3. Thus, the sum of the face degrees is S 3F, so 2E 3F. In a bipartite graph, all faces have an even degree. So adding bipartite to the above conditions, each face has at least 4 sides. Thus, 2E 4F, which simplifies to E 2F. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

17 Inequalities between V, E, F Theorem In a connected graph drawn in the plane without crossing edges: 1 V E + F = 2 2 Additionally, if G is simple (no multiedges) and if V 3, then (a) 3F 2E (b) E 3V 6 (c) F 2V 4 3 If G is simple and bipartite, these bounds improve to (a) 2F E (b) E 2V 4 (c) F V 2 Part 1 is Euler s formula. We just showed 2(a) and 3(a). We will prove the other parts, and use them to prove certain graphs are not planar. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

18 Inequalities between V, E, F (a) 3F 2E (b) E 3V 6 (c) F 2V 4 Let G be a connected simple graph with V 3, drawn in the plane without crossing edges. (a) So far, we showed V E + F = 2 and (a) 3F 2E. (b) Thus, F 2E/3 and 2 = V E + F V E + (2E/3) = V E/3 so 2 V E/3, or E 3V 6, which is (b). (c) 3F 2E also gives E 3F/2 and 2 = V E + F V (3F/2) + F = V F/2 so 2 V F/2, or F 2V 4, which is (c). Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

19 Inequalities between V, E, F for a simple bipartite graph (a) 2F E (b) E 2V 4 (c) F V 2 Let G be a connected simple bipartite graph with V 3, drawn in the plane without crossing edges. (a) For this case, we showed V E + F = 2 and (a) 2F E. (b) Thus, F E/2 and 2 = V E + F V E + (E/2) = V E/2 so 2 V E/2, or E 2V 4, which is (b). (c) 2F E also gives 2 = V E + F V 2F + F = V F so 2 V F, or F V 2, which is (c). Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

20 Characterizing planar graphs Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

21 K 5 and K 3,3 are not planar K 5 K 3,3 K 5 is not planar V = 5 E = ( 5 2) = 10 This violates E 3V 6 since 3V 6 = 15 6 = 9 and K 3,3 is not planar V = 6 E = 3 3 = 9 This is a bipartite graph, so if it has a planar embedding, it satisfies E 2V 4. However, 2V 4 = 2(6) 4 = 8, and 9 8. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

22 Homeomorphisms (a.k.a. edge equivalency) V B B A Suppose that we can turn graph G into graph H by repeatedly applying these two operations: Split an edge AB into two edges AV and VB by adding a vertex V somewhere in the middle (not incident with any other edge). Let V be a vertex of degree 2. Replace two edges AV and VB by one edge AB and delete vertex V. Then G and H are homeomorphic (a.k.a. edge equivalent). The left graph is homeomorphic to K 5 (on the right): Apply the 2nd operation above to every black vertex to get K 5. Repeatedly apply the 1st operation to K 5 to get the left graph. A Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

23 Characterizing planar graphs Theorem (Kuratowski s Theorem) G is planar iff it does not have a subgraph homeomorphic to K 5 or K 3,3. Necessity: If G is planar, so is every subgraph. But if G has a subgraph homeomorphic to K 5 or K 3,3, the subgraph is not planar. Sufficiency: The proof is too advanced. The graph shown above has a subgraph (shown in red) homeomorphic to K 5, and thus, it is not a planar graph. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

24 More properties of planar graphs Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

25 Possible degrees in a planar graph Theorem A connected, simple, planar graph has a vertex with degree at most 5. Proof: The sum of vertex degrees in any graph equals 2E. Assume by way of contradiction that all vertices have degree 6. Then the sum of vertex degrees is 6V. So 2E 6V, so E 3V. This contradicts E 3V 6, so some vertex has degree 5. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

26 Dual graph (a) Graph G (b) Constructing dual graph (c) Dual graph H Start with a planar embedding of a graph G (shown in black). Draw a red vertex inside each face, including the infinite face. For every edge e of G: Let a, b be the red vertices in the faces on the two sides of e. Draw a red edge {a, b} crossing e. Remove the original graph G to obtain the red graph H. H is a dual graph of G. (It is a dual graph instead of the dual graph, since it may depend on how G is drawn.) If G is connected, then G is also a dual graph of H just switch the roles of the colors! Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

27 Dual graph (a) Graph G (b) Constructing dual graph (c) Dual graph H G H V 8 6 E F 6 8 G and H have the same number of edges: Each edge of G crosses exactly one edge of H and vice-versa. # faces of G = # vertices of H and # faces of H = # vertices of G: Bijections: vertices of either graph faces of the other. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

28 12.2. Classifying regular polyhedra Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

29 Classifying regular polyhedra Tetrahedron Cube Octahedron A polyhedron is a 3D solid whose surface consists of polygons. As a graph, no loops and no multiple edges. All faces have 3 edges and all vertices are in 3 edges. To be 3D, there must be 4 vertices, 4 faces, and 6 edges. A regular polyhedron has these symmetries: All faces are regular l-gons for the same l 3. All vertices have the same degree (r 3). All edges have the same length. All pairs of adjacent faces have the same angle between them. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

30 Classifying regular polyhedra Suppose all vertices have the same degree r 3 and all faces are l-gons (same l 3 for all faces). The sum of vertex degrees is r V = 2E, so V = 2E/r. The sum of face degrees is l F = 2E, so F = 2E/l. Plug these into V E + F = 2: 2E r E + 2E l = 2 E ( 2 r l ) = 2 E = 2 2 r + 2 l 1 We have to find all integers r, l 3 for which V, E, F are positive integers, and then check if polyhedra with those parameters exist. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

31 Classifying regular polyhedra Suppose all vertices have the same degree r 3 and all faces are l-gons (same l 3 for all faces). Compute (V, E, F) using E = 2 2 r + 2 l 1, V = 2E r, F = 2E l : E.g., r = 3 and l = 4 gives What shape is it? 2 E = = 2 1/6 = 12 V = 2(12)/3 = 8 F = 2(12)/4 = 6 Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

32 Classifying regular polyhedra What range of vertex degree (r) and face degree (l) are permitted? First method We have r 3. Since some vertex has degree 5, all do, so r is 3, 4, or 5. Vertices and faces are swapped in the dual graph, so l is 3,4, or 5. Second method: analyze formula of E E is a positive integer, so its denominator must be positive: 2 r + 2 l 1 > 0 We have r, l 3. If both r, l 4, the denominator of E is invalid. So r and/or l is 3. If r = 3, then the denominator of E is l 1 = 2 l 1 3. To be positive requires l 5. Similarly, if l = 3 then r 5. 1 = 0, which is Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

33 Classifying regular polyhedra Suppose all vertices have the same degree r {3, 4, 5} and all faces are l-gons (same l {3, 4, 5} for all faces). Compute (V, E, F) using E = 2 2 r + 2 l 1, V = 2E r, F = 2E l : (V, E, F) l = 3 l = 4 l = 5 r = 3 (4, 6, 4) (8, 12, 6) (20, 30, 12) r = 4 (6, 12, 8) Division by 0 ( 10, 20, 8) r = 5 (12, 30, 20) ( 8, 20, 10) ( 4, 10, 4) If V, E, F are not all positive integers, it can t work (shown in pink). We found five possible values of (V, E, F) with graph theory. Use geometry to actually find the shapes (if they exist). Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

34 Classifying regular polyhedra Shape Tetrahedron Cube Octahedron Dodecahedron * Icosahedron r = vertex degree l = face degree V = # vertices E = # edges F = # faces * These are known as the Platonic solids. The cube and octahedron are dual graphs. The dodecahedron and icosahedron are dual graphs. The tetrahedron is its own dual. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

35 11.1 and Graph colorings Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

36 Graph Colorings Let G be a graph and C be a set of colors, e.g., C = {black, white} C = {a, b} C = {1, 2} A proper coloring of G by C is to assign a color from C to every vertex, such that in every edge {v, w}, the vertices v and w have different colors. G is k-colorable if it has a proper coloring with k colors (e.g., C = [k]). Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

37 Coloring a bipartite graph A bipartite graph is a graph in which: The set of vertices can be split as V = A B, where A B =. Every edge has the form {a, b} where a A and b B. A graph is bipartite if and only if it is 2-colorable: set A = black vertices, B = white vertices. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

38 Color this with as few colors a, b, c, d, e,... as possible The chromatic number, χ(g), of a graph G is the minimum number of colors needed for a proper coloring of G. Color this with as few colors as possible: Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

39 Color this with as few colors a, b, c, d, e,... as possible b a a c b a We ve shown it s 3-colorable, so χ(g) 3. It has a triangle as a subgraph, which requires 3 colors. Other vertices may require additional colors, so χ(g) 3. Combining these gives χ(g) = 3. A triangle is K 3. More generally, if G has K m as a subgraph, then χ(g) m. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

40 Coloring maps Color states so that neighboring states have different colors. This map uses 4 colors for the states. Assume each state is a contiguous region. Michigan isn t. All of its regions have to be colored the same, which could increase the number of colors required, but we can artificially fill in Lake Michigan to make Michigan contiguous. Also assume the states form a contiguous region. Alaska and Hawaii are isolated, and just added onto the map separately. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

41 A proper coloring of the faces of a graph a proper coloring of the vertices of its dual graph b b a c d a c d b b c Coloring faces of G c Coloring vertices of H The regions/states/countries of the map are faces of a graph, G. Place a vertex inside each region and form the dual graph, H. A proper coloring of the vertices of H gives a proper coloring of the faces of G. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

42 Four Color Theorem Theorem (Four Color Theorem) Every planar graph has a proper coloring with at most four colors. Map makers have believed this for centuries, but it was not proven. This was the first major theorem to be proved using a computer program (Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken, 1976). The original proof had 1936 cases! Their program determined the cases and showed they are all 4-colorable. The proof was controversial because it was the first proof that was impractical for any human to verify. Over the years, people have found errors in the proof, but they have been fixed, and the result still stands. The number of cases has been cut down to 633. Prof. Tesler Ch. 12: Planar Graphs Math 184A / Fall / 42

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