Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



Reader 1

James Hoste (Pitzer)

Reader 2

Weiqing Gu


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 [15]. 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.

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