PURE MTH 7106 - Algebra
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PURE MTH 7106 Course Algebra Coordinating Unit Pure Mathematics Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Prerequisites MATHS 1012 Course Description Knowledge of group theory and of linear algebra is important for an understanding of many areas of pure and applied mathematics, including advanced algebra and analysis, number theory, coding theory, cryptography and differential equations. There are also important applications to physics and chemistry.
Topics covered are (1) Equivalence relations (2) Groups: subgroups, cyclic groups, cosets, Lagrange's theorem, normal subgroups and factor groups. Examples of finite and infinite groups, including groups of symmetries and permutations, groups of numbers and matrices. Homomorphisms and isomorphisms of groups. (3) Linear algebra: vector spaces, bases, linear transformations and matrices, subspaces, sums and quotients of spaces, dual spaces, bilinear forms and inner product spaces, and canonical forms.
Course Coordinator: Dr Hang Wang
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Understand equivalence relations and partitions.
- Appreciate that common features of certain mathematical objects can be abstracted and studied as groups and vector spaces.
- Understand the concepts of groups, group homomorphism and isomorphism and related notions.
- Be familiar with common examples of groups of both finite and infinite order.
- Be able to construct and work with related objects: subgroups, cartisian products, quotient groups.
- Understand the concepts of vector space, linear transformation and isomorphism and related notions.
- Be able to construct and work with related objects: subspaces, sums, quotient spaces, dual space.
- Be able to represent a linear transformation by a matrix with respect to a given basis.
- Understand the significance of Jordan canonical form.
- Understand the notion of bilinear form and inner product.
- Be familiar with various method of proof, including direct proof, constructive proof, proof by contradiction, induction.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. all The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,5,7,11 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,5,7,11 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. all
- Fraleigh, J. B.: A first course in abstract algebra (Addison Wesley).
- Durbin, J. R.: Modern algebra (Wiley).
- Gallian, J. A.: Contemporary abstract algebra (Houghton Mifflin).
- Lay, D. C.: Linear algebra and its applications (Pearson).
- Lipschutz, S.: Linear algebra (Schaum's Outline Series).
- Katznelson, Y. & Katznelson, Y. R.: A (terse) introduction to linear algebra (AMS).
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, sample solutions, etc. It is recommended that students make appropriate use of these resourses.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. A sequence of quizzes and written assignments provides the assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Lectures 36 90 Tutorials 6 24 Assignments 5 40 Total 154
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
- Equivalence relations (1 lecture).
- Groups, subgroups, symmetries, cyclic groups (3 lectures).
- Permutations, symmetric and alternating groups (2 lectures).
- Isomorphism of groups (1 lecture).
- Cosets and Lagrange's Theorem (3 lectures).
- Group homomorphisms (2 lectures).
- Normal subgroups and factor groups, simple groups, First Isomorphism Theorem (3 lectures).
- Vector spaces, subspaces, linear independence, basis, dimension (3 lectures).
- Linear and direct sums of spaces, quotient spaces (2 lectures).
- Linear transformations (1 lecture).
- Matrix with respect to basis, eigenvectors, similarity, dimension theorem (2 lectures).
- Projections, invariant spaces (1 lecture).
- Linear functionals and the dual space, second dual space (1 lecture).
- Bilinear forms, congruent matrices, symmetric bilinear forms, quadratic forms (2 lectures).
- Inner products, norm, distance, orthogonality (3 lectures).
- Linear operators, adjoints (3 lectures)
- Jordan canonical form (2 lectures).
Tutorial 1: Groups.
Tutorial 2: Permutations, isomorphism.
Tutorial 3: Normal subgroups, quotient groups.
Tutorial 4: Sums of spaces.
Tutorial 5: Matrix of a linear transformation, linear functionals.
Tutorial 6: Inner products.
Specific Course RequirementsNone.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNone.
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Component Weighting Objective Assessed Assignments 20% all Quizzes 10% all Final Exam 70% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting Assignment 1 week 2 week 3 4% Assignment 2 week 4 week 5 4% Assignment 3 week 6 week 7 4% Assignment 4 week 8 week 9 4% Assignment 5 week 10 week 11 4% Quiz 1 week 3 week 3 2% Quiz 2 week 5 week 5 2% Quiz 3 week 7 week 7 2% Quiz 4 week 9 week 9 2% Quiz 5 week 11 week 11 2%
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