Using Classical Ciphers to Teach Mathematics in Secondary Education

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Linae M. Jacox, student (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to give a brief history of cryptology and to show how to incorporate cryptology into secondary mathematics by introducing some of the mathematics used in the making and breaking of codes, with applications to classical ciphers, speci cally, the Caesar Cipher, Anew Cipher, and Vigenere Cipher. By incorporating these types of ciphers into the mathematics curriculum, students will be able to see how it is relevantin real-world situations. Students will be able to use the basic mathematicsskills they have already learned over the years to encrypt and decrypt di erent codes. Using these types of ciphers allow students to think critically and analyze data using the information they are given.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
cryptology, secondary mathematics, breaking of codes, Caesar Cipher, classical ciphers, Vigenere Cipher

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