MAT 312/AMS 351: Applied Algebra

Spring 2004

SUNY at Stony Brook
Department of Mathematics
SUNY at Stony Brook

This course is an introduction to number theory and to group theory, together with some applications to codes and coding theory.

Textbook: Numbers, Groups and Codes,,
by J.H. Humphreys and M.Y. Prest, Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Unfortunately for us, the next edition of this book is going to appear in March or April, and as a result, the 1989 edition is scarce. There are only about 15 copies in the bookstore and StonyBooks (together)! It is available on; they say it will ship within a week or so. Another source for the book is In any event, I am going to have to xerox sections from the book and hand them out, for the first two weeks.

Course Lecturer: Prof. Daryl  Geller, Math Tower 4-100B
Phone: 632-8327 email:
Office hours: TuTh 2:30-4, in 4-100B Math or P-143 Math

Instructors and class schedule

Syllabus and homework assignments


Quiz 1 -- Thursday, February 12, in class

Midterm I -- Thursday, February 19, in class

Quiz 2 -- Thursday, March 4, in class

Midterm II -- Thursday, March 25, in class

Quiz 3 -- Thursday, April 15, in class

Final Exam -- Tuesday, May 18, 11:00 am -1:30 pm, in the Alliance Room (our regular classroom).

Useful information regarding the course will be regularly posted on the World Wide Web, and can be accessed by pointing your browser to

DSS advisory. If you have a physical, psychiatric, medical, or learning disability that may affect your ability to carry out the assigned course work, please contact the office of Disabled Student Services (DSS), Humanities Building, room 133, telephone  632-6748/TDD. DSS will review your concerns and determine what accommodations may be necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of disability is confidential.