- Code MATH6215
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Mathematics
- Areas of interest Mathematics
Just as there is a formula for solving a quadratic equation, there are similar formulae for solving the general cubic and quartic. Galois theory provides a solution to the corresponding problem for quintics --- there is no such formula in this case! Galois theory also enables us to prove (despite regular claims to the contrary) that there is no ruler and compass construction for trisecting an angle.
Topics to be covered include:
- Galois Theory - fields
- Field extensions
- Normal extensions
- Separable extensions
- Revision of group theory, abelian and soluble groups
- Galois' Theorem
- Solubility of equations by radicals
- Finite fields
- Cyclotomic fields
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain the fundamental concepts of field extensions and Galois theory and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts
2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of field extensions and Galois theory
3. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from field extensions and Galois theory
4. Apply problem-solving using field extensions and Galois theory applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts.
Assessment will be based on:
- Assignment 1 (20%; LO 1-4)
- Assignment 2 (20%; LO 1-4)
- Assignment 3 (20%; LO 1-4)
- Final exam (40%; LO 1-4)
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WorkloadThree lectures per week, workshops by arrangement.
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