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By David Joyner

This up-to-date and revised version of David Joyner's exciting "hands-on" journey of team thought and summary algebra brings existence, levity, and practicality to the themes via mathematical toys.

Joyner makes use of permutation puzzles akin to the Rubik's dice and its editions, the 15 puzzle, the Rainbow Masterball, Merlin's computer, the Pyraminx, and the Skewb to give an explanation for the fundamentals of introductory algebra and staff thought. matters coated comprise the Cayley graphs, symmetries, isomorphisms, wreath items, loose teams, and finite fields of workforce thought, in addition to algebraic matrices, combinatorics, and permutations.

Featuring innovations for fixing the puzzles and computations illustrated utilizing the SAGE open-source desktop algebra method, the second one version of Adventures in workforce Theory is ideal for arithmetic lovers and to be used as a supplementary textbook.

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