alternating group


Definition of alternating group

: a permutation group whose elements comprise those permutations of n objects which can be formed from the original order by making an even number of interchanges of pairs of objects

Examples of alternating group in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Distance learning may be part of a blended learning approach, with kids coming to school in alternating groups and working from home on other days. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Lunch in classrooms, no roommates in a dorm? What Kentucky education may look like this fall," 28 May 2020 The first phase will allow a very limited number of essential staff to return to offices, and phase two will see additional employees returning in alternating groups, according to a memo from the bank’s executive leadership seen by Bloomberg News. Faseeh Mangi,, "Credit Suisse Staff Told to Expect Return to Work in Phases," 5 May 2020 Both male and female professionals played in alternate groups over two courses at the 13th Beach Golf Links in Geelong, with equal prize money of $1,100,000 on offer for both men and women. John Sinnott, CNN, "Golf's Vic Open showcases equality drive," 9 Feb. 2020 Also, 36 pacemakers accompanied Kipchoge in alternating groups throughout his run, with five running ahead of him in a V-shape and two others closely following. Eric Willemsen,, "Eliud Kipchoge is the 1st person to run a marathon in less than 2 hours: ‘No human is limited’," 12 Oct. 2019 Kipchoge was supported by 36 pacemakers who accompanied him in alternating groups, one of the reasons the IAAF will not ratify the time as a world record., "VIENNA — Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in less than two hours, although it will not count as a world record.," 12 Oct. 2019 Also, Kipchoge was supported throughout his run by 36 pacemakers who accompanied him in alternating groups, with five athletes running ahead of him in a V-shape and two others closely following. Eric Willemsen, Anchorage Daily News, "‘No human is limited’: Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of alternating group

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Alternating group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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