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MA3D5 - Galois Theory

  • Module code: MA3D5
  • Module name: Galois Theory
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The course will discuss the problem of solutions of polynomial equations both in explicit terms and in terms of abstract algebraic structures. The course demonstrates the tools of abstract algebra (linear algebra, group theory, rings and ideals) as applied to a meaningful problem.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should understand: 1. The relation between roots and coefficients of a polynomial: elementary symmetric functions; complex roots of unity; and solutions by radicals of cubic and quartic equations; 2. The characteristic of a field and the prime subfield; 3. Factorisation and ideal theory in the polynomial ring $k[x]$ ; the structure of a primitive field extension; 4. Field extensions and characterisation of finite normal extensions as splitting fields; 5. The structure and construction of finite fields; 6. Counting field homomorphisms; the Galois group and the Galois correspondence; 7. Radical field extensions; 8. Soluble groups and solubility by radicals of equations.

Departmental link

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/MA3D5/

Other essential notes

Prerequisites: MA106 Linear Algebra, MA245 Algebra II.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA3D5-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 15%
Examination - April 85%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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