Electronic Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

New Orleans, Louisiana, November 19-22, 1998

Paper C023

Using Maple V in Introductory Group Theory: Exploring Permutation Groups

Suda Kunyosying

Department of Mathematics and Engineering
Shepherd College
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
Phone: (304) 876-5282

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This paper discusses the use of Maple V's group and combinat packages in the study of elementary abstract algebra or introductory group theory. The main focus of the paper is to show how to introduce discovery learning into abstract algebra class and how to use a laboratory approach to teach basic concepts of group theory with the help of elementary group theory commands found in MAPLE V's packages group and combinat.

Keyword(s): abstract algebra, Maple