Mathematical Nets - A Community Math Project

Mathematical Nets - A Community Math Project

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Consider a set S and a binary operation C defined on S as follows..

C(a,b)= 0 or 1 where a and b are any two members of S.

If C(a,b)= 0 we say that a and b are not connected.
If C(a,b)= 1 we say that a is connected to b.
If C(b,a)= 1 we say that b is connected to a.

Notice that in general C is non-commutitive (non-abelian or non-symmetric).

We say that the operation C defines a net N over S and write N={S,C}. In general N={S,C} is a non-abelian net. A different choice of C will of course produce a different net.

Let's consider the special case of abelian nets where C(a,b)=C(b,a).
We define the "valence" of any member of N as the number of other members it connects to.

If every member of an abelian net has the same valence and that valence is even (valence=2*n where n=1,2,3..) then the net is an "n dimensional" system.

Next Steps

Question - How do we formally define dimension? Do we even need the concept? Is valence enough?
Question - Can the conjecture be proved?
Question - What happens when the valence is odd?

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Content written and posted by Ken Abbott