THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO

LONDON CANADA

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS



Mathematics 4123A/9023A: Rings and Modules

Fall 2014



INSTRUCTOR: Lex Renner

TEXTBOOK: Rings Modules and Linear Algebra by B. Hartley and T. O. Hawkes, Chapman and Hall, http://www.unalmed.edu.co/~mmtoro/doc/hartleyhawkes.pdf

PREREQUISITES: Mathematics 3020 A/B, Mathematics 3120 A/B, Mathematics 3121 A/B (formerly Mathematics 2121 A/B) or permission from the instructor.

COURSE OUTLINE: Commutative rings, ring homomorphisms and quotient rings, ideals, rings of fractions, the Chinese remainder theorem; Euclidean domains, principal ideal domains, unique factorization domains; polynomial rings over fields; modules, direct sums of modules, free modules; modules over a principal ideal domain, the rational canonical form, the Jordan canonical form.

LECTURES: TuTh 11:30 -- 1:00, MC 107.

EVALUATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE:
Assignments---worth 40%
In-class Midterm #1---October 21, 2014----worth 10%
In-class Midterm #2---November 20, 2014----worth 10%
Final Exam---December 12, 2014----worth 40%

ASSIGNMENTS(page numbers from the text)
Assignment #1, DUE Sept 25, 2014: p.14: #7. p.30-31: #5,6,12. p.46-47: #7,8,12.
Assignment #2, DUE Oct 9, 2014: p.67-68: #4,10,11,12,13(use 12). p.82-83: #6,10,11.
Assignment #3, DUE Oct 23, 2014: p.94-96: #3,4,6,7,10,12.
Assignment #4, DUE Nov. 6, 2014: p.121-122: #2(ii),3,4,6.
Assignment #5, DUE Nov. 20, 2014: p.136-37: #1,2,3.

TOPICS FOR MIDTERM #1
Chapter 2: Homomorphisms, subrings, ideals.
Chapter 3: Matrix rings, polynomial rings.
Chapter 4: Divisors, units, associates. I.D.s, U.F.D.s, P.I.D.s, Euclidean domains.
Chapter 5: Modules, homomorphisms, quotient modules, direct sums.
Chapter 6: Finitely generated modules, torsion modules, free modules.
Most of the five questions on the test will be from the material in Chapters 4, 5 and 6.

TOPICS FOR MIDTERM #2
Most of the questions will be from Chapters 7 and 8.

Final Exam, Fri. Dec. 12, 9am, 53 UCC
Here is a rough guide to the 3hr exam.
1.[20] True or False.
2.[10] Given A \in M_n(R) find d_1,d_2,...,d_n etc.
3.[15] Definitions.
4.[10] Given N \subset F find F/N.
5.[8] Given A a direct sum of cyclic modules, find primary components, torsion invariants, etc.
6.[7] PID/ED question.
7.[10] examples/counter-examples.
8.[10] Linear algebra/companion matrix question.
9.[10] General module question.

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