Math 503, Spring 2007
Abstract Algebra
- Faculty: David Harbater
- E-mail:
harbater
AT math.upenn.edu
- Telephone: (215) 898-9594; Department office: (215) 898-8178
- Office: DRL
4E2A; Department office: DRL 4W1-6.
- Office hours: F 1:30-2:30 (starting Jan. 19).
- TA: Stefano
Guerra, DRL 3E6A.
Course
structure:
- Lectures: MW 1:30-3, DRL 4C6.
- Labs: M or W, 6:30-8:30pm, DRL 4C6.
- Textbook:
"Algebra" by
Michael Artin, Prentice-Hall, 1991.
- Homework: Weekly problem
sets, to be handed in at lab.
- Exams: Two exams in class, on Mon., Feb. 26 and Wed., April 18.
(No final exam.)
Description of course:
This is a the second semester of a
year-long masters level course in algebra that discusses groups,
rings, fields, vector spaces and modules. The spring semester
will cover
roughly
the second half of the text, which includes a number of topics.
The emphasis will be on rings, fields, modules, and Galois theory.
The course will be varied, involving theory, computations, and
examples. It is open both to undergraduates and graduate students, from
the Mathematics Department and elsewhere at Penn. The course is more
in-depth than Math 371, but is less abstract and less general than Math
603. Students are expected to have some prior familiarity with
vector spaces and groups (e.g. the spectral theorem and the Sylow theorems),
and the course will assume material from Math 502 (corresponding to the
first half of the Artin
text).
Homework assignments for Math 503
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