Discovering Group Theory, Day 12

On Day 12, we continued to explore the group of permutations of finite sets using S3 as an example, but we also practiced calculations with elements of symmetric groups of higher orders.

A worksheet on permutations
On day 12, more on permutations.

In addition to reviewing the concepts of order of an element, inverse, commutativity, we introduced some new concepts:

  • Cycles and their properties
  • Parity/ Even and odd permutations

Students practiced switching between different notations used to represent permutations, while also checking our answers by physically moving pieces of paper labeled with numbers 1, 2, and 3.

Students carried out permutations of pieces of paper
to either find answers or check them.