Abstract by Samantha Sandberg

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Samantha Sandberg

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Leslie Colton
Cory Glover
Mark Hughes

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Mark Hughes


A Complete Set of Moves for Petal Words


When working with knot projections, the standard method to determine whether two projections represent the same knot type is to create a sequence of Reidemeister moves connecting the first knot diagram to the second. We discuss a similar approach using petal projections and petal words of a knot. Petal projections, as defined by Adams' et. al., allow us to describe a knot using a finite sequence of integers, called a petal word. While each knot type has infinitely many petal words associated with it, we describe a sequence of moves which allows us to relate any two petal words representing the same knot type.