SUNY at Stony Brook MAT 534: Algebra I
Fall 2007

General Information

Place and time: MWF 9:35am-10:30am, in Harriman Hall 115

Professor: Alexander Kirillov,, Office: Math 3-112; tel. 632--8289, office hours: Wed 11-12 in P-143 (Undergrad. Math. office), Thursday 1-3 in my office

Grader: Ning Hao, , Office hours: Wed 11-1 in Math 2-120.

Course description: The main goal of this course is to study in detail fundamental concepts and methods of algebra that are used in all branches of mathematics. During the first term we cover group, ring and module theories. Detailed syllabus is posted on the course web page.

Text: two main textbooks we will be using are
Abstract Algebra, by David S. Dummit and Richard M. Foote (3rd Edition), John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003 and
Basic Algebra by Anthony Knapp, Birkhauser, 2006. (PDF version and list of corrections available on author's web page.)

Additional references include:

  • M. Artin, Algebra, Prentice Hall, 1991.
  • S. Lang, Algebra, 3rd ed., Addison-Wesley, 1993.
  • Jacobson, Basic Algebra, 2nd ed, W.H. Freeman, New York, 1985, 1989.
  • Rotman, Introduction to the Theory of Groups, Springer Verlag.

Homeworks, exams and grades. The homework sets will be posted weekly on the web in PDF format and will be due by noon on the due date. If for some reason you missed the lecture, please bring the homework to the professor's office. (Put it under their office door if the professor is not there.) Late work will receive reduced credit, and will not be accepted after solutions are posted.

In addition, there will be two midterm exams and a final exam:

  • Midterm 1: Fri 10/12 (tentative)
  • Midterm 2: Mon 11/5 (tentative)
  • Final exam: Wed., Dec 19, 8:00AM-10:30AM

Grades will be based on the following scheme: Homework -- 25%; Midterms (two) 20% each; Final Exam 35%.