Fields and Galois Theory. Tentative Syllabus

The lowest homework grade will be dropped. No late homework will be accepted.

• WEEK 1 (Jan 5-Jan 9):   Introduction: an overview of ruler and compass construction, solvability by radicals.
Review of rings, fields, polynomials.

Homework 1, due in class on Monday January 19th.

• WEEK 2 (Jan 12-Jan 16): Quotient rings,  algebras. Algebraic (and transcendental) elements, minimal polynomial, degree of an algebraic element (worksheet 1).

Homework 2, due in class on Monday January 26th.

• WEEK 3 (Jan 19-Jan 23): Stem field, algebraic closure. The ring Z[X] (worksheet 2).

• WEEK 4 (Jan 26- Jan 30): Splitting field of a polynomial. Finite fields. Homework 3 and a few extra problems Homework 3 is due in class on Friday February 13th.

• WEEK 5 (Feb 2nd-Feb 6): Galois correspondence for perfect fields. Review 1

• WEEK 6 (Feb 9-Feb 13): Galois group of a polynomial.
Midterm Exam Solution
Homework 4 due on Wednesday February 25th.

MIDTERM BREAK

• WEEK 7 (Feb 23-Feb 27): Cyclotomic fields (see also Homework 4). Galois group of an algebraic closure of a finite field: worksheet 3.

• WEEK 8 (March 2nd-March 6): More on worksheet 3. Solvable groups. Solvability by radicals. Worksheet 4.
• WEEK 9 (March 9-March 13): Algebraic integers. Decomposition subgroups. Homework 5 due on March 18th.
• WEEK 10 (March 16-March 20)Review 2  Midterm 2 Solution
MARCH 20 Deadline to report either a hardship (3 exams within 24 hours) or conflict is one month prior to the date of the exam sitting.  (Email Margaret Ness).
• WEEK 11 (March 23-March 27): Algebraic integers in a quadratic extension. Worksheet 5
Homework 6 due on April 8: Problem 3 of Midterm 2, Problems 4 and 5 of Worksheet 5.
• WEEK 12 (March 30-April 3): Review problems
• WEEK 13 (April 6-April 10):

FINAL EXAM:  April 20th, 12pm-2:30pm MATH 204  NOTE THIS IS NOT OUR USUAL ROOM