Event Type:

Department Colloquium

Date/Time:

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 08:00

Location:

Kidd 364

Local Speaker:

Abstract:

This talk will describe a research project worked on by two REU students last summer. The goal is to give some insight as to what REU students work on and also to give some details on the specific project. Covering spaces naturally correspond to subgroups of the fundamental group, and regular covering spaces correspond to normal subgroups. By combinatorial, topological and algebraic arguments, we will list most normal subgroups of F_2 of index p, pq, and p^2 for p and q prime.