Instructor: Lubos Thoma | |

Office: Lippitt Hall 101G Tel: 874.4451 | |

Class schedule: TuTh 12:30 - 1:45pm, Lippitt Hall 201 |

**Description:**
This is the first semester of our two semester graduate algebra sequence.
Algebra is one of fundamental disciplines of mathematics and an algebraic way of thinking
is pervasive in much of mathematics. There are numerous applications of algebra;
for example coding, computer graphics, mathematical biology (using algebraic geometry).
The goal of this course is to introduce the basic concepts and facts of modern algebra.
This should prepare the student to be able to manipulate and understand fairly abstract
concepts, and provide the necessary background for further graduate courses.

In the first semester, we will concentrate on properties of basic algebraic structures:
groups, rings, and modules. The first semester will tentatively cover chapters 1-9 of our textbook.

The second semester will concentrate on modules, fields, galois theory,
commutative algebra, and more advanced topics; approximatively
chapters 10, 12-19 of our textbook.

**Syllabus, lecture notes, and homework: **
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**Textbook: **
D. Dummit, R. Foote, Abstract Algebra, 3rd edition,
Wiley 2003, ISBN-10: 0-471-43334-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-471-43334-7

(errata from Prof. Foote's webpage)

**Additional texts:**

J. S. Milne,
Group theory, lecture notes

T. Hungerford, Algebra, Graduate Texts in Mathematics v. 73 (v. 73),
Springer 2003, ISBN-10: 0387905189, ISBN-13: 978-0387905181

S. Lang, Algebra, Springer 2005, 3rd edition, ISBN-10: 038795385X, ISBN-13: 978-0387953854

**Prerequisites:** Mathematical maturity and a basic knowledge of groups and rings
on the level of MTH316.

**Accommodations:**
Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me as early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union, 401-874-2098.