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MATH 3230: Abstract Algebra I

Description: This course studies fundamental algebraic systems in mathematics, selected from groups, rings, fields, and modules. Examples of groups include the invertible matrices with a fixed size and the roots of unity. Rings are illustrated by integers, polynomials, and modular arithmetic. Complex numbers, rational numbers, and rational functions are examples of fields. (There are also finite fields, which are used all the time in computer science.) Finally, ordinary vectors in space and any lattice in the plane are examples of modules. The concern with these algebraic systems is not simply the study of individual systems, but also of functions between systems which carry one operation into the other. For instance, the determinant not only converts matrices into numbers, but it sends a product of matrices into a product of numbers. The level of attention given to such operation-preserving transformations (putting them on an equal footing with the algebraic systems they transform) is one of the characteristic features of abstract algebra, and also one of the algebraic ideas which have reached into other areas of mathematics.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MATH 2142 or 2710. Recommended preparation: MATH 2210Q or 2144Q.

Offered: Fall Spring

Credits: 3

Sections: Fall 2017 on Storrs Campus

PSCourseID Course Sec Comp Time Room Instructor
05133 3230 001 Lecture TuTh 12:30:00 PM-01:45:00 PM MONT113 Conrad, Keith
05371 3230 002 Lecture MWF 10:10:00 AM-11:00:00 AM MONT321 Wallace, Erik