AMS 351, Applied Algebra
Catalog Description: Topics in algebra: groups, informal set theory, relations, homomorphisms. Applications:
error correcting codes, Burnside's theorem, computational complexity, Chinese remainder
theorem. This course is offered as both AMS 351 and MAT 312.
Prerequisite: AMS 210 or MAT 211
Numbers, Groups and Codes (paperback) by J.F. Humphreys and M.Y. Prest, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press (May 24, 2004), ISBN 978-0521540506
THIS COURSE IS STAFFED AND CONTROLLED BY THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE SHOULD BE ADDRESS TO THE UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS OFFICE.
1. Group codes and error correction (Chap. 1) – 5 class hours
2. Elements of Group Theory, including subgroups and permutation groups (Chap. 2)– 8 class hours
3. Informal Set Theory: definitions, Russell’s Paradox, Cardinality, Schroder-Bernstein Theorem (supplementary notes) – 5 class hours
4. Relations, Lagrange's Theorem and Burnside’s Theorem (Chap. 3) – 6 class hours
5. Complexity of Adding and Sorting (first half of Chap 6) – 5 class hours
6. Chinese Remainder Theorem and Homomorphisms (rest of Chap 6) – 7 class hours
7. Examinations – 6 class hours