Number of lectures per week: 2 and 1 tutorial
Assessment: Continuous assessment through twenty homeworks and three
short examinations spread over the academic year.
End-of-year Examination: No annual examination. Those who fail through continuous assessment must take a supplemental examination (in September)
The natural number system and Peano's axioms
The integers , divisibility, and congruence modulo n
Remainder modulo n and integer division
Semigroups, monoids, and groups
Additive subgroups of Z
The symmetric group Sn
Generators for Sn
Parity and the alternating group
Binary relations, equivalence relations, and partitions
Cosets, Lagrange's Theorem, and Fermat's Theorem
Normal subgroups and quotient groups
Greatest common divisor
Multiplicative group Zn*
First isomorphism theorem for groups
Prime factorisation theorem
A Sylow theorem
Rings and fields:
Zero divisors, integral domains, and fields.
Characteristic of a ring
Division algorithm for polynomials over a field
Gauss's Lemma and Eisenstein's Criterion
Ring homomorphisms and ideals
Principal ideal domains
Dimension of extension fields
The Galois group of an extension field
Normal extensions, stable intermediate fields, and splitting fields.
Certain standardised radical extensions have solvable group; radical splitting fields have solvable group.
A polynomial equation not solvable by radicals
A last result:
Finite multiplicative subgroups of a field
Textbooks: John R. Durbin, Modern algebra - an introduction, contains some but not all of the material.
Jun 14, 2004