189-457B: Honors Algebra 4
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Professor: Henri Darmon
Classes: MWF 9:35-10:25 AM, in BH 920
Office Hours: MW 10:30-11:30 or by appointment, in Burnside Hall 1111.
There will be no tutorials for this
course. However, there is a
Math Help Desk in BH911
Mondays to Fridays from noon to 5:00pm.
This is a valuable ressource if you need extra
help on the material or assignments, and you are
encouraged to make use of it.
Although my course notes may occasionally deviate somewhat from these,
I recommend the following as good secondary references for the course:
As for honors algebra 3, the classic
Dummit and Foote comes highly recommended, if you do not balk at the
hefty price tag.
In a more challenging vein, I also
highly recommend the textbook
d'analyse et d'algèbre (et de théorie des nombres) by Pierre Colmez.
It covers a lot more ground than we will in this course,
and would be equally appropriate for the analysis courses that you might be
It is beautifully written and belongs on the bookshelf of any
mathematics student who is passionate about the subject.
Rudiments of the theory of modules over a ring.
Finitely generated modules over a PID.
Introduction to Galois theory.
are to be turned in on Wednesdays and
will be returned, graded, the following Monday. There will be around
6 assignments in
all during the semester, which will be assigned every two weeks.
Grading Scheme : There will be
two possible schemes,
and I will take the maximum of those.
1. 20% Weekly assignments, 30% Midterm, 50% Final.
2. 20% Weekly assignments, 80% Final.
Midterm Exam:. The midterm exam will be held, in class,
on Friday, March 10 at the usual time (9:30-10:30).
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