# MATH 3001 Abstract Algebra

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200193

Coordinator Roozbeh Hazrat Opens in new window

Description This subject develops algebraic thought to a high level. The abstract concepts involved in the main topics (group theory and number theory) have many applications in science and technology, and the subject includes an application to cryptography.

School Computer, Data & Math Sciences

Discipline Mathematical Sciences, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Pre-requisite(s) MATH 1006

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 3893 - Advanced Algebra LGYA 3789 - Algebra 3

## Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. recognise, describe and manipulate the basic structures in abstract algebra and number theory; namely, groups, rings and integral domains
2. explain the links between these structures and the symmetries of natural objects
3. apply concepts from group theory and number theory to real life situations, such as RSA cryptography
4. demonstrate proficiency in both spoken and written mathematical communications, particularly constructing and communicating proofs

## Subject Content

1. Number Theory - Divisibility, Euclid's algorithm - Prime numbers - Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic - Theorems of Fermat and Euler - Congruences - Modular arithmetic - Applications to Cryptography: the RSA cryptosystem
2. Ring Theory - Abstract rings and concrete examples - Integral domains and fields - Rings of polynomials - Polynomial congruences and quotients - Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
3. Group Theory - Abstract groups - Subgroups - Direct products - Isomorphism - Permutations, the Symmetric group - Rubik's cube - Cayley's Theorem - Group of units of a ring - Cosets, Lagrange's Theorem, Quotient groups
Number Theory - Divisibility, Euclid's algorithm - Prime numbers - Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic - Theorems of Fermat and Euler - Congruences - Modular arithmetic - Applications to Cryptography: the RSA cryptosystem
Ring Theory - Abstract rings and concrete examples - Integral domains and fields - Rings of polynomials - Polynomial congruences and quotients - Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Group Theory - Abstract groups - Subgroups - Direct products - Isomorphism - Permutations, the Symmetric group - Rubik's cube - Cayley's Theorem - Group of units of a ring - Cosets, Lagrange's Theorem, Quotient groups

## Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Intra-session Exam 1 hour 20 N Individual
Essay 10 hours 20 N Individual
Presentation 10 minutes 10 N Individual
Final Exam Not specified 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

• Nicodemi, Olympia, Sutherland, Melissa A., & Towsley, Gary W. (2007). An introduction to abstract algebra: with notes to the future teacher. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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