18.703 Spring 2013

Instructor: James McKernan

Office: 2-274, 253-4391

Email: mckernan [at] math . mit .edu

Lectures: TR 9:30-11, 2-136

Office hours: T 11-12, W 3-5


Focuses on traditional algebra topics that have found the greatest application in science and engineering as well as in mathematics: group theory, emphasizing finite groups; ring theory, including ideals and unique factorisation in polynomial and Euclidean rings; field theory, including properties and applications of finite fields.

Prerequisites: Calculus II (GIR)

Text Book: Abstract Algebra, by I.N.Herstein

Additional reading: There are quite a few other books which cover similar material by various authors: Abstract algebra by Fraleigh; Abstract Algebra by Thomas Judson see also the links for some online suggestions.

First practice exam Model answers
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Final practice exam Model answers


[02.22.2013]  Final Exam 9-12, Thursday May 23rd, 4-159

[05.15.2013]  Final practice exam posted