Electronic Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsNew Orleans, Louisiana, October 2831, 2004Paper S029
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Introducing Topology Through Simulations Of Knot Tying And Band Forming Activities 
Lisa Elaine Marano
Department of Mathematics
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA 19383
lmarano@wcupa.edu

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In this presentation, we will discuss how an extension of a simple probability experiment can be used to introduce the notion of topologically equivalent. Through a series of activities, students are required to make conjectures and predictions, conduct inclass trials, run simulations, perform theoretical computations and write up a formal report.
Keyword(s): topology, simulation, probability