
06679019
a
Maycock, Ellen J.
``The wild side of math'': experimenting with group theory.
Dewar, Jacqueline (ed.) et al., Mathematics education. A spectrum of work in mathematical sciences departments. Cham: Springer (ISBN 9783319449494/hbk; 9783319449500/ebook). Association for Women in Mathematics Series 7, 199211 (2016).
2016
Cham: Springer
EN
H45
U75
D45
group theory
teaching with technology
inquirybased learning
computer laboratories
doi:10.1007/9783319449500_14
Summary: Group theory has traditionally been taught to mathematics majors using the ``theoremproofexample'' format. Although this method of presentation is satisfying to a mathematician, many students have difficulty learning the concepts of group theory this way. More than 20 years ago, I transformed my abstract algebra classroom into an active learning environment by using the software package Exploring Small Groups. In this chapter, I describe my approach, illustrating it with a specific example, and discuss its impact on my students, my career and other mathematicians.