Gary L. Thompson

Professor of Mathematics
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Contact Information
Phone: 724-458-2039

Gary L. Thompson


  • B.A., Mathematics, Wake Forest University
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois
  • M.Ed., Math Secondary Education, University of Illinois
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Virginia


  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Number Theory

Courses Taught

  • Precalculus
  • Finite Math
  • Business Calc
  • Calc I
  • Calc II
  • Calc III
  • Statistical Methods
  • Discrete Math
  • Combinatorics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Numerical Differential Equations
  • Putnam Problem Group
  • Complex Analysis
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Number Theory
  • Real Analysis
  • Senior Seminar

Selected Research

  • Subgroup Rigidity in Integral Group Rings

Selected Publications

  • Subgroup rigidity in finite dimensional group algebras over p-groups (Transactions of the AMS, January, 1994)
  • Book review of The Phantom Tollbooth (Consortium of Higher Education, Spring, 1995)
  • Abstract Algebra and Elementary Number Theory (self-published manuscript for the number theory course).

Professional Experience

  • Instructor, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (1993-1994)
  • Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (1990-1996)
  • Professor at Grove City College (1996-present)


  • Juggling
  • Bridge
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Anagrams

You might be surprised to know

  • I have no depth perception at all.