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Basic Abstract Algebra

Basic Abstract Algebra

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: November 1994
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466295

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  • This is a self-contained text on abstract algebra for senior undergraduate and senior graduate students, which gives complete and comprehensive coverage of the topics usually taught at this level. The book is divided into five parts. The first part contains fundamental information such as an informal introduction to sets, number systems, matrices, and determinants. The second part deals with groups. The third part treats rings and modules. The fourth part is concerned with field theory. Much of the material in parts II, III, and IV forms the core syllabus of a course in abstract algebra. The fifth part goes on to treat some additional topics not usually taught at the undergraduate level, such as the Wedderburn-Artin theorem for semisimple artinian rings, Noether-Lasker theorem, the Smith-Normal form over a PID, finitely generated modules over a PID and their applications to rational and Jordan canonical forms and the tensor products of modules. Throughout, complete proofs have been given for all theorems without glossing over significant details or leaving important theorems as exercises. In addition, the book contains many examples fully worked out and a variety of problems for practice and challenge. Solution to the odd-numbered problems are provided at the end of the book to encourage the student in problem solving. This new edition contains an introduction to categories and functors, a new chapter on tensor products and a discussion of the new (1993) approach to the celebrated Noether-Lasker theorem. In addition, there are over 150 new problems and examples.

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    "...a thorough and surprisingly clean-cut survey of the group/ring/field troika which manages to convey the idea of algebra as a unified enterprise." Ian Stewart, New Scientist

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466295
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 154 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the first edition
    Glossary of symbols
    Part I. Preliminaries:
    1. Sets and mappings
    2. Integers, real numbers, and complex numbers
    3. Matrices and determinants
    Part II. Groups:
    4. Groups
    5. Normal subgroups
    6. Normal series
    7. Permutation groups
    8. Structure theorems of groups
    Part III. Rings and Modules:
    9. Rings
    10. Ideals and homomorphisms
    11. Unique factorization domains and euclidean domains
    12. Rings of fractions
    13. Integers
    14. Modules and vector spaces
    Part IV. Field Theory:
    15. Algebraic extensions of fields
    16. Normal and separable extensions
    17. Galois theory
    18. Applications of Galios theory to classical problems
    Part V. Additional Topics:
    19. Noetherian and Artinian modules and rings
    20. Smith normal form over a PID and rank
    21. Finitely generated modules over a PID
    22. Tensor products
    Solutions to odd-numbered problems
    Selected bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    P. B. Bhattacharya

    S. K. Jain

    S. R. Nagpaul

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