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Supporting English Language Learners Inside The Mathematics Classroom: One Teacher’S Unique Perspective Working With Students During Their First Years In America, Amy Marie Fendrick May 2018

Supporting English Language Learners Inside The Mathematics Classroom: One Teacher’S Unique Perspective Working With Students During Their First Years In America, Amy Marie Fendrick

Research and Evaluation in Literacy and Technology

Reflecting upon my personal experiences teaching mathematics to English Language Learners (ELL) in a public high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, this essay largely focuses on the time I spent as the only Accelerated Math teacher in my school building. From 2012 – 2017, I taught three different subjects at this high school: Advanced Algebra, Algebra, and Accelerated Math. This essay highlights why I chose to become a math and ELL teacher, as well as the challenges, issues, struggles, and successes I experienced during my time teaching. I focus on the challenges I faced teaching students who did not share my native ...


Commutative Rings Graded By Abelian Groups, Brian P. Johnson Aug 2012

Commutative Rings Graded By Abelian Groups, Brian P. Johnson

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

Rings graded by Z and Zd play a central role in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and the purpose of this thesis is to consider rings graded by any abelian group. A commutative ring is graded by an abelian group if the ring has a direct sum decomposition by additive subgroups of the ring indexed over the group, with the additional condition that multiplication in the ring is compatible with the group operation. In this thesis, we develop a theory of graded rings by defining analogues of familiar properties---such as chain conditions, dimension, and Cohen-Macaulayness. We then study the ...


Prime Ideals In Two-Dimensional Noetherian Domains And Fiber Products And Connected Sums, Ela Celikbas Aug 2012

Prime Ideals In Two-Dimensional Noetherian Domains And Fiber Products And Connected Sums, Ela Celikbas

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

This thesis concerns three topics in commutative algebra:

1) The projective line over the integers (Chapter 2),

2) Prime ideals in two-dimensional quotients of mixed power series-polynomial rings (Chapter 3),

3) Fiber products and connected sums of local rings (Chapter 4),

In the first chapter we introduce basic terminology used in this thesis for all three topics.

In the second chapter we consider the partially ordered set (poset) of prime ideals of the projective line Proj(Z[h,k]) over the integers Z, and we interpret this poset as Spec(Z[x]) U Spec(Z[1/x]) with an appropriate ...


Hilbert-Samuel And Hilbert-Kunz Functions Of Zero-Dimensional Ideals, Lori A. Mcdonnell May 2011

Hilbert-Samuel And Hilbert-Kunz Functions Of Zero-Dimensional Ideals, Lori A. Mcdonnell

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

The Hilbert-Samuel function measures the length of powers of a zero-dimensional ideal in a local ring. Samuel showed that over a local ring these lengths agree with a polynomial, called the Hilbert-Samuel polynomial, for sufficiently large powers of the ideal. We examine the coefficients of this polynomial in the case the ideal is generated by a system of parameters, focusing much of our attention on the second Hilbert coefficient. We also consider the Hilbert-Kunz function, which measures the length of Frobenius powers of an ideal in a ring of positive characteristic. In particular, we examine a conjecture of Watanabe and ...


Homology Of Artinian Modules Over Commutative Noetherian Rings, Micah J. Leamer May 2011

Homology Of Artinian Modules Over Commutative Noetherian Rings, Micah J. Leamer

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

This work is primarily concerned with the study of artinian modules over commutative noetherian rings.

We start by showing that many of the properties of noetherian modules that make homological methods work seamlessly have analogous properties for artinian modules. We prove many of these properties using Matlis duality and a recent characterization of Matlis reflexive modules. Since Matlis reflexive modules are extensions of noetherian and artinian modules many of the properties that hold for artinian and noetherian modules naturally follow for Matlis reflexive modules and more generally for mini-max modules.

In the last chapter we prove that if the Betti ...


Groups And Semigroups Generated By Automata, David Mccune May 2011

Groups And Semigroups Generated By Automata, David Mccune

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

In this dissertation we classify the metabelian groups arising from a restricted class of invertible synchronous automata over a binary alphabet. We give faithful, self-similar actions of Heisenberg groups and upper triangular matrix groups. We introduce a new class of semigroups given by a restricted class of asynchronous automata. We call these semigroups ``expanding automaton semigroups''. We show that this class strictly contains the class of automaton semigroups, and we show that the class of asynchronous automaton semigroups strictly contains the class of expanding automaton semigroups. We demonstrate that undecidability arises in the actions of expanding automaton semigroups and semigroups ...


Annihilators Of Local Cohomology Modules, Laura Lynch Apr 2011

Annihilators Of Local Cohomology Modules, Laura Lynch

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

In many important theorems in the homological theory of commutative local rings, an essential ingredient in the proof is to consider the annihilators of local cohomology modules. We examine these annihilators at various cohomological degrees, in particular at the cohomological dimension and at the height or the grade of the defining ideal. We also investigate the dimension of these annihilators at various degrees and we refine our results by specializing to particular types of rings, for example, Cohen Macaulay rings, unique factorization domains, and rings of small dimension.

Adviser: Thomas Marley


Formalizing Categorical And Algebraic Constructions In Operator Theory, William Benjamin Grilliette Mar 2011

Formalizing Categorical And Algebraic Constructions In Operator Theory, William Benjamin Grilliette

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

In this work, I offer an alternative presentation theory for C*-algebras with applicability to various other normed structures. Specifically, the set of generators is equipped with a nonnegative-valued function which ensures existence of a C*-algebra for the presentation. This modification allows clear definitions of a "relation" for generators of a C*-algebra and utilization of classical algebraic tools, such as Tietze transformations.


On The Betti Number Of Differential Modules, Justin Devries Jan 2011

On The Betti Number Of Differential Modules, Justin Devries

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

Let R = k[x1, ..., xn] with k a field. A multi-graded differential R-module is a multi-graded R-module D with an endomorphism d such that d2 = 0. This dissertation establishes a lower bound on the rank of such a differential module when the underlying R-module is free. We define the Betti number of a differential module and use it to show that when the homology ker d/im d of D is non-zero and finite dimensional over k then there is an inequality rankR D ≥ 2n. This relates to a problem of Buchsbaum ...


The Cohomology Of Modules Over A Complete Intersection Ring, Jesse Burke Dec 2010

The Cohomology Of Modules Over A Complete Intersection Ring, Jesse Burke

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

We investigate the cohomology of modules over commutative complete intersection rings. The first main result is that if M is an arbitrary module over a complete intersection ring R, and if one even self-extension module of M vanishes then M has finite projective dimension. The second main result gives a new proof of the fact that the support variety of a Cohen-Macaulay module whose completion is indecomposable is projectively connected.


Vanishing Of Ext And Tor Over Complete Intersections, Olgur Celikbas Jul 2010

Vanishing Of Ext And Tor Over Complete Intersections, Olgur Celikbas

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

Let (R,m) be a local complete intersection, that is, a local ring whose m-adic completion is the quotient of a complete regular local ring by a regular sequence. Let M and N be finitely generated R-modules. This dissertation concerns the vanishing of Tor(M, N) and Ext(M, N). In this context, M satisfies Serre's condition (S_{n}) if and only if M is an nth syzygy. The complexity of M is the least nonnegative integer r such that the nth Betti number of M is bounded by a polynomial of degree r-1 for all sufficiently large n ...


Fan Cohomology And Equivariant Chow Rings Of Toric Varieties, Mu-Wan Huang Aug 2009

Fan Cohomology And Equivariant Chow Rings Of Toric Varieties, Mu-Wan Huang

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

Toric varieties are varieties equipped with a torus action and constructed from cones and fans. In the joint work with Suanne Au and Mark E. Walker, we prove that the equivariant K-theory of an affine toric variety constructed from a cone can be identified with a group ring determined by the cone. When a toric variety X(Δ) is smooth, we interpret equivariant K-groups as presheaves on the associated fan space Δ. Relating the sheaf cohomology groups to equivariant K-groups via a spectral sequence, we provide another proof of a theorem of Vezzosi and Vistoli: equivariant K ...


Fan Cohomology And Its Application To Equivariant K-Theory Of Toric Varieties, Suanne Au Jul 2009

Fan Cohomology And Its Application To Equivariant K-Theory Of Toric Varieties, Suanne Au

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research Papers in Mathematics

Mu-Wan Huang, Mark Walker and I established an explicit formula for the equivariant K-groups of affine toric varieties. We also recovered a result due to Vezzosi and Vistoli, which expresses the equivariant K-groups of a smooth toric variety in terms of the K-groups of its maximal open affine toric subvarieties. This dissertation investigates the situation when the toric variety X is neither affine nor smooth. In many cases, we compute the Čech cohomology groups of the presheaf KqT on X endowed with a topology. Using these calculations and Walker's Localization Theorem for equivariant K-theory, we give explicit ...