An introduction to groups using transformations, following on from the October 2006 Stage 3 problems.
What groups of transformations map a regular pentagon to itself?
Proofs that there are only seven frieze patterns involve complicated group theory. The symmetries of a cylinder provide an easier approach.
An introduction to the sort of algebra studied at university, focussing on groups.
An environment for exploring the properties of small groups.
This article only skims the surface of Galois theory and should probably be accessible to a 17 or 18 year old school student with a strong interest in mathematics.
An article for students and teachers on symmetry and square dancing. What do the symmetries of the square have to do with a dos-e-dos or a swing? Find out more?
Can you work out what simple structures have been dressed up in these advanced mathematical representations?
Explore the properties of some groups such as: The set of all real numbers excluding -1 together with the operation x*y = xy + x + y. Find the identity and the inverse of the element x.
The binary operation * for combining sets is defined as the union of two sets minus their intersection. Prove the set of all subsets of a set S together with the binary operation * forms a group.
Discover a handy way to describe reorderings and solve our anagram in the process.