Teaching and Learning Basic Group Theory Through Building Models of Polyhedra

Sviatoslav Archava, Leela Goel and Erin Traister
Proceedings of Bridges 2016: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Education, Culture (2016)
Pages 567–570 Short Papers


The purpose of this paper is to share the experience of teaching (first author) and learning (second and third authors) basic group theory, as well as other mathematics relevant to the study of symmetry, through building models of polyhedra. An effective and engaging teaching strategy for a first course in abstract algebra is outlined.