Course: Math 430, Modern Algebra
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%).