Fall 2020 - MATH 340 D100

Algebra II: Rings and Fields (3)

Class Number: 2792

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 240 (or MATH 232 with a grade of at least B).



The integers, fundamental theorem of arithmetic. Equivalence relations, modular arithmetic. Univariate polynomials, unique factorization. Rings and fields. Units, zero divisors, integral domains. Ideals, ring homomorphisms. Quotient rings, the ring isomorphism theorem. Chinese remainder theorem. Euclidean, principal ideal, and unique factorization domains. Field extensions, minimal polynomials. Classification of finite fields. Students with credit for MATH 332 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


This course will be delivered online. You are expected to have access to a reliable internet connection. You will need a computer from which you can download course materials and activities and watch live and/or recorded lectures and participate in live tutorials or workshops.

You will need a camera to take photographs of your work. A phone is acceptable.


Integers and Modular Arithmetic and Polynomials
Integer division and the Euclidean algorithm
The primes and the fundamental theorem of arithmetic
Modular arithmetic and applications
Polynomial arithmetic and factorization

Rings, Domains, and Fields
Ring and field axioms
Zero divisors, units, integral domains and fields
The complex numbers and the fundamental theorem of algebra  

Ring Isomorphisms, Ideals, and Homomorphisms
Ring Homomorphisms
Functions, equivalence relations
Ideals and Kernels
Rings of Cosets
The Isomorphism Theorem for rings
Direct Product rings
Chinese Remainder Theorem

Field Extensions
Finite and Algebraic Extensions
Minimal polynomials
Classification of Finite fields

Course Delivery

  •  Lecture: synchronous- lectures will be held at fixed times, on-line
  •  Midterm(s): synchronous; date: TBA
  •  Final exam: synchronous; date: TBA


  • Assignments (Weekly assignments, weighted equally) 15%
  • Midterm/In-Class Quiz 25%
  • Final Exam 60%


  • Access to strong and reliable internet.
  • Ability to scan documents (phone app acceptable)
  • Access to webcam and microphone (embedded in computer sufficient)



A First Course in Abstract Algebra: Rings, Groups, and Fields
Marlow Anderson and Todd Feil
3E/2014 CRC Press LLC
ISBN: 9781482245523


Abstract Algebra
Dummit and Foote
3E/2003 Wiley
ISBN: 978-0471433347

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).