Knots and their polynomials
We apply the skein relation to the right trefoil:
The second knot in the equation is topologically an unknot:
and we are left with
The knot on the right is made up of two linked unknots. This is a right-hand link because when we follow the orientation the two circles twist around each other to the right.
The next step is to analyze that link by the same method.
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