Fall 2019 - MATH 817 G100

Groups and Rings (4)

Class Number: 4121

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5015, Burnaby

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5015, Burnaby



A survey of graduate group and/or ring theory. Possible topics include generators and relations, composition series, Sylow theory, permutation groups, abelian groups, p-groups, nilpotent and solvable groups, aspects of simple groups, representation theory, group algebras, chain conditions, Jacobson radical, Chevalley-Jacobson density theorem, Wedderburn-Artin theorems.


Prerequisites: MATH 340 and MATH 341 or their equivalents.  

This course will be a survey of group and ring theory leading up to and including representation theory.  

  • Group actions, Sylow theorems and p-groups
  • Permutation groups, New groups from old
  • Solvable and nilpotent groups
  • Operator groups and unique decompositions
  • Module theory without rings
  • Rings, ideals, and modules
  • Simple modules and primitive rings
  • Artinian rings and projective modules
  • An introduction to character theory
  • Burnside's theorem
  • Representation theory of GL_2 over a finite field
  • Representation theory of S_n
  • Additional topics


  • 6 assignments - every 2 weeks with equal weighting 60%
  • Take-home Exam 40%


MATH 817 classes will start in Week 2 of the semester.



Algebra: A Graduate Course, I.
Martin Isaacs
American Mathematical Society, 2009
ISBN: 978-0821847992

Representation Theory: A First Course
W. Fulton and J. Harris
Springer, 2004
ISBN: 978-0387975276

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