Motion, Symmetry and Puzzles
Motion, Symmetry, and Puzzles
The goal of this course is to encourage participants to learn about and enjoy different elements of groups.
The focus of the course is on why groups should be studied rather than group theory. The course would also provide insight into why abstraction is such an important technique in mathematics that it demands more attention.
WEEK 1: INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE OF THE COURSE Action and motion, the necessity to define a group, Burnside’s lemma, and orbit counting
Week 2: Parity verifying groupings, groups, and problems Groups and graphs, Rubik’s group, 15-puzzle group, Words about groups, unrestricted groups
Week 3: Review of Rubik’s group, introduction to GAP Representations of groups, groups, and matrices Linear transformations and groups are two things that come to mind while thinking about linear transformations
Week 4: From Kourovka’s book: Platonic solids and associated symmetry groups, Groups in several disciplines of mathematics
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in learning about the importance of group theory. These may be senior high school students, science and engineering undergraduates, or anyone interested in learning why abstraction is useful.