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



CONTRIBUTED PAPER: 11-C23

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
E-mail: skunyosy@shepherd.wvnet.edu

ABSTRACT

This paper discusses the use of Maple Vís 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 Vís packages group and combinat.