Components of a Graph
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Components of a Graph

Definition: For a graph $G = (V(G), E(G))$, a Component is a maximally connected subgraph of $G$.

For example, the following graph $G$ contains precisely $4$ components:


Essentially, you can think of a component as a puzzle piece to the entire graph. Note that if a graph is connected then it contains only $1$ component. Hence, a graph that has more than $1$ component implies that the graph itself is disconnected.

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