MAT 313: Abstract Algebra

Fall 2013

Department of Mathematics
SUNY at Stony Brook

Textbook: Contemporary Abstract Algebra , 7th edition, by Joseph A. Gallian, Houghton Miflin Company, 1998, or its 5th or 6th editions.

An excellent book for further reading is Algebra  by Michael Artin, Prentice Hall, 1991.

Schedule: TuTh11:30am-12:50pm, Physics P123

Instructor: Mikhail  Movshev, Math Tower 4-109 , Phone: (631) 632-8271,
email: mmovshev ad math dot sunysb dot edu

Office hours: Thursday 1:30-3:30 pm .

Grader: Apratim Chakraborty Math Tower S-240G apratim AT

Topics covered: Ring of integers - properties of integers, mathematical induction, modular arithmetics. Group theory - groups, subgroups, homomorphisms and isomorphisms, the kernel and normal subgroups, the image and factor groups, abelian and cyclic groups, permutation groups, cosets and the Lagrange coset theorem. Ring theory - rings and subrings, the unit group of a ring, homomorphisms and isomorphisms, ideals, integral domains, polynomial rings, factorization. Theory of fields - fields, subfields and field extensions. See also the syllabus.

Prerequisites: MAT 310, MAT 318, MAT 312 or permission of the instructor. If you have difficulties following the first few lectures, please contact the instructor for advice and possible transfer to another class.

Homework: Homework will be assigned each week and collected in class next week.

Grading: Grades will be assigned on the following basis: Homework 30%, Midterm (maximum of the two exams) 30%, Final Exam 40%.


·  Midterm I: Thursday, October 3.

·  Midterm II: Thursday , October 31.  

· Final exam Wednesday, December 11, 5:30PM-8:00PM

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Mikhail Movshev
4-108 Math Tower 
Department of Mathematics 
Stony Brook University 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651 
Phone: 631-632-8271
Fax: 631-632-7631