- Code MATH2322
- Unit Value 6 units
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.
Algebra 1 is a foundational course in Mathematics, introducing some of the key concepts of modern algebra. The course leads on to other areas of algebra such as Galois Theory, Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Geometry. It also provides important tools for other areas such as theoretical computer science, physics and engineering.
Topics to be covered include the theory of groups and rings:
- Group Theory - permutation groups; abstract groups, subgroups, cyclic and dihedral groups; homomorphisms; cosets, Lagrange's theorem, quotient groups; group actions; Sylow theory.
- Ring Theory - rings and fields, polynomial rings, factorisation; homomorphisms, factor rings.
As well as additional topics selected from:
- Linear Algebra - unitary matrices, Hermitian matrices, canonical forms.
- Modules - free modules, presentations, classification of finitely generated abelian groups.
Note: This is an Honours Pathway Course. It emphasises mathematical rigour and proof and develops modern algebra from an abstract viewpoint.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the fundamental concepts of advanced algebra such as groups and rings and their role in modern mathematics and applied contexts
- Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of advanced algebraic techniques
- Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from advanced algebra
- Apply problem-solving using advanced algebraic techniques applied to diverse situations in physics, engineering and other mathematical contexts
- Regular assignments (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid semester exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 1 hour workshop per week (workshops normally begin in Week 3).
- Approximately 84 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, assignments and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Algebra by Michael Artin. (Any edition is acceptable, although the 2nd edition and later are preferred.)
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