Lecture Notes in PDF (to be continued) are only meant to supplement the material and older lecture notes

Problem Sheets in PDF: Sheet 1 Sheet 2 Sheet 3 Sheet 4 Sheet 5 Sheet 6 Sheet 7 Sheet 8 Sheet 9

Problem Solutions in PDF: Sheet 1 Sheet 2 Sheet 3 Sheet 4 Sheet 5 Sheet 6 Sheet 7 Sheet 8 Sheet 9

Sets, their unions, intersections, differences, direct (or cartesian) products. Subsets. Maps between sets, injective, surjective and bijective maps. Images and preimages of subsets. Composition of maps. Identity map and Inverse of map.

Binary operations on sets. Associativity, multiplicativity. Identity and inverse elements with respect to a binary operation. Groups, semigroups, monoids. Cayley table of a group. Direct products of groups. Subgroups. Intersections of subroups. Generators of a subgroup.

Permutation group of a set (the group of all bijective self-maps).
Symmetric group S_{n}. Parity (sign) of a permutation, even and odd permutations.
Alternating subgroup A_{n} of S_{n}. Group of Isometries.
Matrix groups GL_{n}, SL_{n}, O_{n}, SO_{n}, U_{n}, SU_{n}.

Integer division with remainder.
Additive subgroups of Z.
Greatest common divisor. Euclidean algorithm.
Unique prime factorization.
Binary relations, equivalence relations, partitions.
Congruence relation and classes of integers modulo n.
The set of congruence classes Z_{n} modulo n as additive group and multiplicative monoid.
Multiplicative group Z_{n}^{*}.

Cosets of a subgroup in a group. Lagrange's Theorem.

Group homomorphisms and isomorphisms. Kernel of homomorphism. Normal subgroup. Quotient group modulo normal subgroup. First isomorphism theorem.

Chinese remainder theorem. Group actions on a set. Stabilizer. Orbits.

John R. Durbin, Modern Algebra: An Introduction, John Wiley & Sons.

B.L. van der Waerden, Algebra, Volume 1. (AMS Notices Introduction)

Serge Lang, Undergraduate Algebra. Springer.

Introduction to group theory MA1214 2012 by Rudolf Tange with exercise sheets and solutions.

Introduction to group theory MA1214 2011 by Colm Ó Dúnlaing with Web Notes, Quiz answers and Extra problems.

Course 111 - Algebra 1996-97 by David Wilkins with Lecture Notes.

For exam-related problems look in TCD past examination papers and Mathematics department examination papers.

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