Using Groups32 in Instruction    
                International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
(to appear  --  accepted 10/28/03)

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Abstract algebra is a difficult class for many students. It is their first encounter with an abstract subject matter and their first encounter with proof. Groups32 is not an instructional program: it does not teach the subject. It is really a research tool. It allows students to experiment and have experiences with groups which result in abstract algebra making sense to them.

This article examines why abstract algebra poses learning problems for many students. It shows how Groups32 has been used to help students develop a more successful approach.