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ERIC Number: EJ1096858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Introducing Abelian Groups Using Bullseyes and Jenga
Smith, Michael D.
PRIMUS, v26 n3 p197-205 2016
The purpose of this article is to share a new approach for introducing students to the definition and standard examples of Abelian groups. The definition of an Abelian group is revised to include six axioms. A bullseye provides a way to visualize elementary examples and non-examples of Abelian groups. An activity based on the game of Jenga is used to help students determine for themselves the sets and operations that combine to form Abelian groups. A second collection of more advanced examples and non-examples of Abelian groups is also represented on a bullseye. This article is intended for those who teach undergraduate abstract algebra.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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