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1st Edition

A First Graduate Course in Abstract Algebra

Edited By

W.J. Wickless

ISBN 9780824756277
Published March 29, 2004 by CRC Press
250 Pages

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Book Description

Since abstract algebra is so important to the study of advanced mathematics, it is critical that students have a firm grasp of its principles and underlying theories before moving on to further study. To accomplish this, they require a concise, accessible, user-friendly textbook that is both challenging and stimulating. A First Graduate Course in Abstract Algebra is just such a textbook.

Divided into two sections, this book covers both the standard topics (groups, modules, rings, and vector spaces) associated with abstract algebra and more advanced topics such as Galois fields, noncommutative rings, group extensions, and Abelian groups. The author includes review material where needed instead of in a single chapter, giving convenient access with minimal page turning. He also provides ample examples, exercises, and problem sets to reinforce the material. This book illustrates the theory of finitely generated modules over principal ideal domains, discusses tensor products, and demonstrates the development of determinants. It also covers Sylow theory and Jordan canonical form.

A First Graduate Course in Abstract Algebra is ideal for a two-semester course, providing enough examples, problems, and exercises for a deep understanding. Each of the final three chapters is logically independent and can be covered in any order, perfect for a customized syllabus.

Table of Contents

Preface. Groups (Mostly Finite). Rings (Mostly Domains). Modules. Vector Spaces. Fields and Galois Theory. Topics in Noncommutative Rings. Group Extensions. Topics in Abelian Groups. References. Index.

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Series Editor(s)


Wickless, W.J.


"This is a very useful text on abstract algebra at the beginning graduate level…the notions of tensor product and projectivity of modules is introduced early and serve in several places to simplify proofs…numerous worked out examples shed light on the abstract theory and help to understand what is going on."
- Monatshefte für Mathematik