Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Science
James Hoste (Pitzer)
Every two-bridge knot or link is characterized by a rational number p/q, and has a fundamental group which has a simple presentation with only two generators and one relator. The relator has a form that gives rise to a formula for the Alexander polynomial of the knot or link in terms of p and q . Every two-bridge knot or link also has a corresponding “up down” graph in terms of p and q. This graph is analyzed combinatorially to prove several properties of the Alexander polynomial. The number of two-bridge knots and links of a given crossing number are also counted.
Gaebler, Robert, "Alexander Polynomials of Tunnel Number One Knots" (2004). HMC Senior Theses. 162.