Discovering Group Theory: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics

1st Edition

Tony Barnard, Hugh Neill

CRC Press
Published December 8, 2016
Textbook - 219 Pages - 75 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138030169 - CAT# K30629
Series: Textbooks in Mathematics

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Summary

 

Discovering Group Theory: A Transition to Advanced Mathematics presents the usual material that is found in a first course on groups and then does a bit more. The book is intended for students who find the kind of reasoning in abstract mathematics courses unfamiliar and need extra support in this transition to advanced mathematics.

The book gives a number of examples of groups and subgroups, including permutation groups, dihedral groups, and groups of integer residue classes. The book goes on to study cosets and finishes with the first isomorphism theorem.

Very little is assumed as background knowledge on the part of the reader. Some facility in algebraic manipulation is required, and a working knowledge of some of the properties of integers, such as knowing how to factorize integers into prime factors.

The book aims to help students with the transition from concrete to abstract mathematical thinking.

 

 

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