Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 1981

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Math

Advisor

Charles Votaw

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to study the concept of a greatest common divisor in such a way that it may be used as an enrichment topic at the senior high school level. In order to do this, the concept has been approached from both a theoretic and an applied point of view. In the theoretical areas, the algebraic structures involved are explored, along with the Euclidean algorithm, which provides a means for computing the greatest common divisor of two elements in a Euclidean ring and expressing it as a linear combination of these elements. In the more applied sections, such an algorithm is programmed for a computer. It is used in a BASIC program which will compute (a, b) in the ring of polynomial forms over a field and express it as a linear combination of a and b. Some other Euclidean rings, which the teacher might find instructive to explore with a class, are also discussed.

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Copyright 1981 Wanda Sue Reves.

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