**Writing in the Major** The assignment is to
present a short (4-7 pages), readable and complete proof of the
Fundamental Theorem of Finite Abelian Groups. The theorem is
discussed in Section 5.2 (and in fact a more general form, the
fundamental theorem for finitely generated abelian groups, is
discussed there). A proof is sketched at the end of section 6.1,
and there is enough there for you to work out a complete proof.

**Target audience** You should write your text for
someone at a similar stage in a similar class (for example,
someone in class who have not yet read this section. Ideally by
someone in a similar class using a different textbook). The
emphasis in this assignment is on the *presentation* (so
don't think of this as "solving an exercise", or "finding the
solution").

**Do**: Write whole sentences in proper English.
Make sure you define your notation ("Let G be a group and H a
subgroup"...). Begin your text with a less technical
introduction: What does the theorem say, why is it interesting,
how does it fit into the rest of the mathematics, etc (if this
were a chapter in a book, the reader should be able to read just
this introduction and get an idea of what's going to happen).
Proof read! (and maybe ask someone else to proof read too).
When you proof read, try to imagine you're someone else who
didn't just write the text (can be difficult), and notice which
parts which are difficult to comprehend.

**Don't**: Use abbreviations or unnecessary
symbols (you won't need symbols for "for all", "exists",
"implies", "therefore").

**Deadlines** Submit a draft for comments November
8th. Final text due November 29th.