Math 817 is a graduate algebra course with an emphasis on groups and rings. Lectures are 10:30 - 12:20, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the PIMS seminar room, TASC2 8500.

- Graded written projects are in your departmental mailboxes. Have a nice break.
- Graded Assignment 6s are in your departmental mailboxes.
- All projects received.
- Assignment 6 solutions.
- Typo on Assignment 6 corrected.
- The
**last question**on Assignment 6 has been**cut**; we just didn't get far enough. You will get no benefit from handing it in, but you will definitely solidify your knowledge by doing it. - Assignment 5 solutions.
- Assignment 6 posted.
- Assignment 5 posted.
- Assignment 4 solutions.
- Tensor products can be found in many references. The appropriate chapter of Knapp's Basic Algebra is one which you can download.
- Assignment 4 posted.
- Assignment 3 solutions.
- Assignment 2 solutions.
- For our brief intro to category theory I'll follow the notation of this book. I don't suggest printing it out because it is over 500 pages and we will cover only a dozen or so, but it's nice in that it has lots of examples for every definition. In content I'll be closer to sections 7.2 and 7.3 of Rotman
*Advanced modern algebra*. - Assignment 3 posted.
- Question 1a on Assignment 2 has been corrected in the linked version.
- Assignment 2 posted.
- Some rather terse Assignment 1 solutions.
- A reference on combinatorial group theory. We'll do only a few simple things which you could find in any text or set of notes on the subject, but this set of notes is free and seems nice.
- Assignment 1 posted.
- Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm, my office, SC K 10508. Please also feel free to email me with questions or to set up another time to meet in person.
- Topics and other useful information.
- The class has moved to the more blackboard-friendly
**PIMS seminar room, TASC2 8500.**Someone will drop by the old room Thursday to catch anyone who hasn't heard. - Regular lectures will actually begin Thursday September 17, but we are still meeting on September 10.
- We will meet
**Thursday September 10**to decide amongst us what topics to cover and how you will be evaluated. Regular lectures will begin Tuesday September 15.

- Assignment 1 due October 1 in class. Solutions.
- Assignment 2 due October 15 in class. Solutions.
- Assignment 3 due October 22 in class. Solutions.
- Assignment 4 due November 5 in class. Solutions.
- Assignment 5 due November 19 in class. Solutions.
- Assignment 6 due December 3 in class. Solutions.

Outline (in pdf format). Topics and other useful information.

- Instructor:
- Karen Yeats
- Office:
- SC K 10508
- Email:
- karen_yeats at sfu.ca
- Office Hours:
- Wednesdays 1-3, SC K 10508.
- Lectures:
- 10:30-12:20 Tuesdays and Thursdays TASC2 8500
- Textbook:
- Algebra: A graduate course by I. Martin Isaacs. You can all get free membership to the AMS for being math grad students (and hence a discount on the book). New students probably won't be able to get their memberships processed fast enough to take advantage of this; even still the price is cheaper than what the bookstore would have charged you. The older edition published by Brooks/Cole is also fine.