Class hours: MWF 12-1pm

Classroom: Seigle Hall, Room 109

Instructor: Quo-Shin Chi

Office: Room 210, Cupples I

Office Hours: Tuesday, 4pm-6pm

Textbook: Class Notes

We shall introduce the notions of groups, rings and fields and study their basic structures. We shall end with the proof that it is impossible to trisect a 60-degree angle by straightedge and compass only. This is a shining example of the use of algebra to tackle a geometric problem left open by ancient Greeks.

There will be homework assignments (30%) to be given through email on Fridays, one take-home midterm (30%), and the take-home final (40%).