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MATH 355
Abstract Algebra Spring 2021 (also offered Fall 2020)
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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Algebra gives us tools to solve equations. The integers, the rationals, and the real numbers have special properties which make algebra work according to the circumstances. In this course, we generalize algebraic processes and the sets upon which they operate in order to better understand, theoretically, when equations can and cannot be solved. We define and study abstract algebraic structures such as groups, rings, and fields, as well as the concepts of factor group, quotient ring, homomorphism, isomorphism, and various types of field extensions. This course introduces students to abstract rigorous mathematics.
The Class: Format: lecture; Format: lecture; Unless circumstances change, students will have the option of taking the course in person or remotely. It is possible that there will be several weeks that are only offered remotely. If taken pass/fail, this course does not count towards the Mathematics major.
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 5361
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Problem sets and exams
Prerequisites: MATH 250 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Students who have officially declared a major that requires Math 355.
Unit Notes: If taken pass/fail, this course does not count towards the Mathematics major.
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: 300-level math course

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