Math 31: Topics in Algebra

Last updated August 17, 2012

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As part of this course, I would like you to have the chance to explore some mathematics on your own. With this in mind, you will be required to complete a group project. You should work in groups of 3 or 4 to put together a 15-20 minute presentation, which will be given at the end of the term. In addition, each member of the group will need to turn in a paper addressing what they learned during the completion of the project. You are welcome to choose your own groups, and I can try to help in matching people up if necessary. In your presentation, you should tell the class about some interesting mathematical topic related to abstract algebra. Some vague suggestions are:

I will have a list of specific topics that I can suggest to you, or you can come up with a topic on your own and ask me if it is appropriate. I can also direct you toward sources that you can use to research your topic. To make sure that everyone is on top of things and that the topics are acceptable, I will set some deadlines for the project:

Below are details regarding the different components of the project.

The following is a breakdown of how the project grade will be computed.


Percent of Project Grade

First outline


Second outline




Individual report


Updates regarding the project will appear here as they become available.