Galois Theory

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Galois Theory

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Algebra, Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisites: MA2AL2 Algebra II
    Non-modular pre-requisites:

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Summary module description:
    A presentation of the Galois theory of polynomial equations, making full use of the powerful language and techniques of modern algebra to develop the results in an efficient and streamlined way. The course builds on the group theory studied in Part 1 and the ring and field theory in Part 2, and shows the profound consequences which flow from what at first sight may appear as mere abstraction. Along the way the solution of some famous problems of classical geometry will also be presented.

    To illustrate the interconnections between diverse mathematical disciplines.
    To show how the development and intelligent use of mathematical tools can solve classical problems in an elegant and simple way.
    To give examples of how algebraic theory can successfully replace intractable manipulation.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:
    ? solve a variety of problems relating to field extensions;
    ? calculate Galois groups of various extensions and polynomials;
    ? appreciate the solution by means of field theory of some famous problems of classical geometry.
    Additional outcomes:
    Students will have an appreciation of the ideas of field extensions and the associated groups of automorphisms.

    Outline content:
    The module mainly concentrates on the so-called classical Galois theory, which more or less is the original theory, but with present-day notation and presentation. We shall discuss normal extensions and their Galois groups, and apply this to the problem of solvability of quintic and higher degree polynomial equations. Since the apparatus of Galois theory lends itself to solving some of the famous problems of classical geometry (for example the impossibility of trisecting a general angle using only ruler and compasses) we shall also examine these problems in the course.

    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Lectures supported by problem sheets.

    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Written exam 100%

    Other information on summative assessment:
    One examination paper.

    Formative assessment methods:
    Problem sheets.

    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    3 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

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