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Galois theory is a subtle, yet beautiful subject which characterizes solutions to polynomial equations through connections between groups and fields. It was the brainchild of a troubled teenager, Évariste Galois, grieving his father's death and his college rejection, who was repeatedly arrested for his political activism. Galois sadly died in a duel, and his work wasn't fully appreciated until many decades later, but has since become an essential part of mathematics, with connections to advanced topics in number theory, algebraic geometry, and elsewhere.

Lecture | MWF 9:30am-10:20am Building 200, Rm 205 |
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Textbook | David Dummit & Richard FooteAbstract Algebra, 3rd Edition(primarily chapters 13 and 14) |

Instructor | Andy Hardt Office: Building 380, Rm 382C Email: hardt@stanford.edu Office Hours: MWF 10:30am-11:30am |

Course Assistant | Yuefeng Song Office: Building 380, Rm 381L Email: songyf@stanford.edu Office Hours: M 1:00pm-3:00pm, TuTh 9:00am-10:00am |

More Details | Canvas page | Syllabus | (for Gradescope link, see Canvas) |

Homework assignments are weekly, due at **noon on Tuesdays via Gradescope**. All problems are from Dummit and Foote, unless stated otherwise. Using LaTeX for your homework is encouraged (and good practice!), but not required.

- Homework 1 (due Tues. 1/17 at noon):
**13.1**: #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (Solutions) - Homework 2 (due Tues. 1/24 at noon):
**13.2**: #1, 4, 5, 7, 12, 15;**13.3**: #2, 4 (Solutions) - Homework 3 (due Tues. 1/31 at noon):
**9.4**: #2d, 10, 12;**13.4**: #1, 2, 3, 5, 6 (Solutions) - Homework 4 (due Tues. 2/7 at noon):
**13.5**: #3, 6;**13.6**: #2, 3, 7;**14.1**: #3, 5, 10

- Lecture 1 (1/9): Course Overview
- Lecture 2 (1/11): Section 13.1
- Lecture 3 (1/13): Section 13.1 (cont.), Section 13.2
- Lecture 4 (1/18): Section 13.2 (cont.)
- Lecture 5 (1/20): Section 13.3
- Lecture 6 (1/23): Section 9.4
- Lecture 7 (1/25): Section 13.4
- Lecture 8 (1/27): Section 13.4 (cont.), Section 13.5
- Lecture 9 (1/30): Section 13.5 (cont.), Section 13.6
- Lecture 10 (2/1): Section 13.6 (cont.), Section 14.1

**Midterm Exam:** Wednesday, February 8th – 7:00PM – 9:00PM (Room 200-205)

**Final Exam:** Thursday, March 23rd – 8:30AM – 11:30AM (Room 200-205)

Most of the necessary background for this course was covered in Math 120: Groups and Rings. Having a working knowledge of topics from that course will be invaluable in this one. All relevant material can be found in earlier sections of Dummit & Foote. We will cover/review some of the most important ideas, but here are some particularly relevant topics:

- Basic concepts for groups, rings, fields, vector spaces
- Group/ring homomorphisms and isomorphisms
- Polynomial rings and irreducibility (Dummit & Foote chapter 9; we will cover some of this material)

- Emil Artin,
*Galois Theory*(open access) - Serge Lang,
*Algebra, 3rd Edition, Chapters 5-6*(available through Stanford library website) - Bourbaki,
*Algebra, Chapters IV-V*(different, much more sophisticated perspective) - Some more sources are mentioned here and here.

Relevant to Galois theory, and (perhaps) fun. Feel free to send me anything interesting you run across.