Browsing Doctoral Degrees (Mathematics and Computer Science Education) by Title
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Embedding theorems and finiteness properties for residuated structures and substructural logics
(2008)Paper 1. This paper establishes several algebraic embedding theorems, each of which asserts that a certain kind of residuated structure can be embedded into a richer one. In almost all cases, the original structure has a ... 
Exact models for radiating relativistic stars.
(2007)In this thesis, we seek exact solutions for the interior of a radiating relativistic star undergoing gravitational collapse. The spherically symmetric interior spacetime, when matched with the exterior radiating Vaidya ... 
Exploring master teachers' use of visuals as tools in mathematical classrooms.
(2011)The teaching and learning of mathematics has presented a great challenge for mathematics educationalists over many decades. Researchers have been searching for new strategies and techniques for improving the understanding ... 
Exploring teachers’ understanding of pedagogic practices in teaching mathematical concepts in grade 1: a case study in South African primary schools.
(2016)The study examines teachers’ understanding of their learning theories on pedagogic practices in teaching mathematical concepts in Grade 1. The study emanates from the findings of the National Education Evaluation and ... 
Firstyear engineering students' concept development of integral calculus at a South African university of technology.
(2015)This thesis reports on a study to explore the development of the concept of integration among the first year engineering students at a South African university of technology. The study focused on concept definitions that ... 
FischerClifford matrices of the generalized symmetric group and some associated groups.
(2005)With the classification of finite simple groups having been completed in 1981, recent work in group theory has involved the study of the structures of simple groups. The character tables of maximal subgroups of simple ... 
FischerClifford theory for split and nonsplit group extensions.
(2001)The character table of a finite group provides considerable amount of information about the group, and hence is of great importance in Mathematics as well as in Physical Sciences. Most of the maximal subgroups of the finite ... 
Graph and digraph embedding problems.
(1996)This thesis is a study of the symmetry of graphs and digraphs by considering certain homogeneous embedding requirements. Chapter 1 is an introduction to the chapters that follow. In Chapter 2 we present a brief survey ... 
The history of mathematics as a pedagogical tool: exploring learner perspectives with regard to the theorem of pythagoras.
(2017)This study sought to ascertain whether the inclusion of the history of the Theorem of Pythagoras has any positive influence on learners’ perceptions of the theorem and its applications, on geometry and on mathematics in ... 
Linear codes obtained from 2modular representations of some finite simple groups.
(2012)Let F be a finite field of q elements and G be a primitive group on a finite set . Then there is a Gaction on , namely a map G ! , (g; !) 7! !g = g!; satisfying !gg0 = (gg0)! = g(g0!) for all g; g0 2 G and ... 
Mathematics for future engineers : a study of teaching and learning mathematics in an engineering curriculum.
(20160119)This is a study of teaching and learning in the first mathematics module for engineering students at a South African university. The theoretical framing of the study is derived from multiple analytical tools: Bernstein’s ... 
A modelling approach for determining the freshwater requirements of estuarine macrophytes.
(1998)Increased abstraction of water in the catchment results in a reduced or altered pattern of river flow and this holds serious consequences for the downstream estuarine ecosystem. In South Africa this is a serious concern ... 
New analytical stellar models in general relativity.
(2009)We present new exact solutions to the Einstein and EinsteinMaxwell field equations that model the interior of neutral, charged and radiating stars. Several new classes of solutions in static spherically symmetric interior ... 
A new approach to illposed evolution equations : Cregularized and B bounded semigroups.
(2001)The theory of semigroups of linear operators forms an integral part of Functional Analysis with substantial applications to many fields of the natural sciences. In this study we are concerned with the application to ... 
Normalitylike properties, paraconvexity and selections.
(2012)In 1956, E. Michael proved his famous convexvalued selection theorems for l.s.c. mappings de ned on spaces with higher separation axioms (paracompact, collectionwise normal, normal and countably paracompact, normal, and ... 
On purity relative to an hereditary torsion theory.
(1992)The thesis is mainly concerned with properties of the concept "σpurity" introduced by J. Lambek in "Torsion Theories, Additive Semantics and Rings of Quotients", (SpringerVerlag, 1971). In particular we are interested ... 
On the logics of algebra.
(2008)We present and consider a number of logics that arise naturally from universal algebraic considerations, but which are ‘inherently unalgebraizable’ in the sense of [BP89a], essentially because they have no theo rems. Of ... 
On the status of the geodesic law in general relativity.
(1998)The geodesic law for test particles is one of the fundamental principles of general relativity and is extensively used. It is thought to be a consequence of the field laws but no rigorous proof exists. This thesis is ... 
Optimal designs for linear mixed models.
(2004)The research of this thesis deals with the derivation of optimum designs for linear mixed models. The problem of constructing optimal designs for linear mixed models is very broad. Thus the thesis is mainly focused on the ...