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A Short Introduction to Symmetry and Groups

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Author:Jenny Olive
Description: A beautiful and satisfying area of maths that also has many important applications in areas such as crystallography and particle physics. Olive gives some examples of how symmetry can be described by groups, for which no previous maths is required, and introduces some mathematical terms to make describing things simpler and to provide a good jumping-off point for anyone who wants to dig deeper into the mathematical theory. Particular symmetries include transformations of the square, reflections, and other shapes; infinite groups, and a discussion of when multiplying yields a group.

Levels: Early College
Languages: English
Math Topics: Group Theory, Symmetry/Tessellations

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