MAT 535  Algebra II   Spring 2009 

MWF 10:40pm-11:35pm Math 4-130

Instructor: Ljudmila Kamenova
Office: Math Tower 3-115
Office hours: Tuesday 2-4 p.m. in 3-115
Grader: Jaimie Thind, office hours: Monday 4-6 p.m. in 2-122, Wednesday 10-11 in MLC, e-mail: jthind...

Feel free to send me or Jaimie Thind an e-mail or drop by outside of office hours.

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 second term we cover linear and multilinear algebra, field theory and foundations of algebraic geometry. We also study Galois theory and representations of finite groups.

Text: Abstract Algebra, by Dummit and Foote (3rd Edition), John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003

Additional references:

Grading: There will be two midterm tests given in class. The final course grade will be determined as follows: Homework: 20%, Midterm Tests: 20% each, Final Exam: 40%.

Midterm 1: Monday, March 9th in class

Midterm 2: Friday, April 24th in class

Final: Wednesday, May 13th from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Math 4-130

On Monday, May 4th, there will be no lecture. Check out the Clay Research Conference held at Harvard. Hironaka is going to present a resolution of singularities in positive characteristic!


HW 1 (due Feb 11): [DF] 10.1. Problem 8, 10.2. Problems 6 and 9, 10.3. Problems 9 and 11

HW 2 (due Feb 18): [DF] 10.3. Problems 24 and 27, 10.4. Problems 4, 5 and 24

HW 3 (due Feb 25): [DF] 12.1. Problems 9 and 12, 12.2. Problems 4 and 11, 12.3 Problem 12

HW 4 (due March 4): [DF] 11.3. Problems 3 and 5, 11.5. Problems 5 and 13, 10.5 Problem 1

HW 5 (due March 18): [DF] 10.5. Problems 8, 14 and 17, 17.1. Problems 3 and 4

HW 6 (due March 25): [DF] 15.1. Problems 5, 10 and 24, 15.2. Problem 8, 15.3. Problem 1

HW 7 (due April 1): [DF] 13.1. Problem 8, 13.2. Problems 1, 7, 10 and 22

HW 8 (due April 15): [DF] 13.3. Problem 4, 13.4. Problem 6, 13.5. Problems 6 and 11, 13.6. Problem 8

HW 9 (due April 29): [DF] 14.1. Problem 8, 14.2. Problems 5 and 7, 14.3. Problem 8, 14.4. Problem 5

HW 10 (due May 6): [DF] 14.5. Problems 7 and 10, 14.6. Problems 5 and 19, 14.7. Problem 3

Syllabus: What follows is a tentative syllabus for the class, taken from the Graduate Handbook:
  1. Linear and multilinear algebra (4 weeks)

    References: Lang, chapters XIII and XIV; Dummit and Foote, Chapter 11.

  2. Rudiments of homological algebra (2 weeks)

    References: Lang, chapter XX; Dummit and Foote, Part V, 17.

  3. Representation Theory of Finite Groups (2 weeks)

    References: Lang, chapter XVII; Dummit and Foote, Part VI; Serre.

  4. Galois Theory (6 weeks)

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