M208 TMA02

Well that took a lot of work. Computing all the cayley tables took a fair while. I found quite a lot of the group theory stuff pretty interesting but could just not get my head around Permutation Conjugation, so that questions a bit of a wing and a prayer for some marks. Don’t think I’ve done as well as TMA01, but it should rate a pass.

Overall I’ve had mixed feelings about GTA. Groups and sets are obviously very useful and a huge topic, but at the same time it’s not always obvious exactly where things are going. Also found the reliance on Audio materials for some of the key assessed bits was very annoying. I’d have preferred a couple more concrete examples for conjugation for example.

I’ve started reading through the material for Linear Algebra and it’s looking more like my sort of thing, though a lot of it does look like it’ll be revision from MS221 with just some extra depth. Hopefully I can pick up some more slack on this one as I’m a little too close to the timetable for my liking (like to have a couple of weeks in hand just in case any real life incidents crop up).

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  1. The audio sections are a pain.

    Conjugations were difficult for me, as I ended up writing out lots of permutations,turning them into transpositions, and then working through them one by one.

    It all seemed a bit like tabulating stamp collections to me.

    Linear Algebra is more fun.

  2. I’ve just found that transcripts of the CDs are available under Course Materials in the M208 website. Think I might print the CDA5566 one and see if it makes more sense reading than listerning.

    Yep, at the moment it definitely feels like we’re just collecting them for the sake of collecting them and the OU are just artificially generating them to keep us busy. Hopefully GTB will talk about more general groups and application.

  3. Nice blog I agree that the Audio sections are a pain. Unfortunately I don’t think M208 does much on the Applications of group theory which is a pity as it has many interesting applications in physics and chemistry where amongst other things it is used in molecular spectroscopy and to classify elementary particles in terms of quarks.

  4. I’ve done 121 and 221 too and I hate those audio sections. Like you, I’ve resorted to reading the transcripts as they rattle through those audios at such a pace I can’t keep up and need to keep playing it back a sentence at a time. Slow down we’re only students.

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