Keke Wang

Date of Graduation


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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences



Committee Chair

Hong-Jian Lai

Committee Co-Chair

Guodong Guo

Committee Member

Rong Luo

Committee Member

Jerzy Wojciechowski

Committee Member

Cunquan Zhang


Following the trend initiated by Chvatal and Erdos, using the relation of independence number and connectivity as sufficient conditions for hamiltonicity of graphs, we characterize supereulerian graphs with small matching number, which implies a characterization of hamiltonian claw-free graph with small independence number.;We also investigate strongly spanning trailable graphs and their applications to hamiltonian connected line graphs characterizations for small strongly spanning trailable graphs and strongly spanning trailable graphs with short longest cycles are obtained. In particular, we have found a graph family F of reduced nonsupereulerian graphs such that for any graph G with kappa'(G) ≥ 2 and alpha'( G) ≤ 3, G is supereulerian if and only if the reduction of G is not in F..;We proved that any connected graph G with at most 12 vertices, at most one vertex of degree 2 and without vertices of degree 1 is either supereulerian or its reduction is one of six exceptional cases. This is applied to show that if a 3-edge-connected graph has the property that every pair of edges is joined by a longest path of length at most 8, then G is strongly spanning trailable if and only if G is not the wagner graph.;Using charge and discharge method, we prove that every 3-connected, essentially 10-connected line graph is hamiltonian connected. We also provide a unified treatment with short proofs for several former results by Fujisawa and Ota in [20], by Kaiser et al in [24], and by Pfender in [40]. New sufficient conditions for hamiltonian claw-free graphs are also obtained.