Wakelin, Christopher David (1994) Chromatic polynomials. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
In this thesis, we shall investigate chromatic polynomials of graphs, and some related polynomials. In Chapter 1, we study the chromatic polynomial written in a modified form, and use these results to characterise the chromatic polynomials of polygon trees. In Chapter 2, we consider the chromatic polynomial written as a sum of the chromatic polynomials of complete graphs; in particular, we determine for which graphs the coefficients are symmetrical, and show that the coefficients exhibit a skewed property. In Chapter 3, we dualise many results about chromatic polynomials to flow polynomials, including the results in Chapter 1, and a result about a zero-free interval. Finally, in Chapter 4, we investigate the zeros of the Tutte Polynomial; in particular their observed proximity to certain hyperbole in the xy-plane.
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