Motivating Abstract with Elementary Algebra

Authors: Timothy W. Jones

There are natural lead-ins to abstract algebra that occur in elementary algebra. We explore function composition using linear functions and permutations on letters in misspellings of words. Groups and the central idea of abstract algebra, proving 5th degree and greater polynomials are unsolvable, are put into focus for college students.

Comments: 9 Pages. Additional material added with corrections.

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[v1] 2019-10-17 09:08:41
[v2] 2019-10-18 07:34:11

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