# MA136 Introduction to Abstract Algebra

**Lecturer:** Samir Siksek and Andrew Brendon-Penn

**Term(s):** Term 1 (1-10)

**Status for Mathematics students:** Core for Maths

**Commitment:** 15 One hour lectures

**Assessment:** Assignments (15%), written exam (85%).

**Corequisites:** MA132 Foundations

**Leads To: **MA249 Algebra II

**Content**:

#### Section 1 Group Theory:

- Motivating examples: numbers, symmetry groups

- Definitions, elementary properties

- Subgroups, including subgroups of $Z$

- Arithmetic modulo n and the group $Z_n$

- Lagrange's Theorem

- Permutation groups, odd and even permutations (proof optional)

- Normal subgroups and quotient groups

#### Section 2 Ring Theory:

- Definitions: Commutative and non-commutative rings, integral domains, fields

- Examples: $Z, Q, R, C, Z_n$, matrices, polynomials, Gaussian integers

**Aims**:

To introduce First Year Mathematics students to abstract Algebra, covering Group Theory and Ring Theory.

**Objectives**:

By the end of the module students should be able to understand:

- the abstract definition of a group, and be familiar with the basic types of examples, including numbers, symmetry groups and groups of permutations and matrices.
- what subgroups are, and be familiar with the proof of Lagrange’s Theorem.
- the definition of various types of ring, and be familiar with a number of examples, including numbers, polynomials, and matrices.
- unit groups of rings, and be able to calculate the unit groups of the integers modulo n.

**Books**:

Any library book with Abstract Algebra in the title would be useful.