This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 704, meeting MW 2:30 – 3:45 in CBC-C118 (note the room change). My name is Dr. Arthur Baragar, my office is CDC-1016, and I can be reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be posted on WebCampus. The prerequisite for this course is MATH 703.
Syllabus: This course will cover the same main topics of our undergraduate course, namely groups and rings, but in greater depth. We will cover Chapter 9 on polynomial rings; Chapter 10 on module theory; vector spaces, diagonalization, and Jordan canonical form (from Chapter 7 of Friedberg, Insel, and Spence); and Chapters 13 and 14, on field and Galois theory.
Text: Abstract Algebra, Third Edition, by David S. Dummit and Richard M. Foote, published by Wiley.
Secondary text (for Linear Algebra): Linear Algebra (any of the 4 editions), by Friedberg, Insel, and Spence, published by Pearson. I’m looking into getting permission to copy and distribute Chapter 7. ***New ***: I have received permission to make and distribute copies of this chapter.
Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me during the office hours posted below, or please make an appointment.
Office hours begin the second week of classes.
Other Important Dates: (See the UNLV calendar for more details.)
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