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Math 4120A/9020A: Field Theory, Fall 2014

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The first class is on Tuesday, September 9th and will be a regular class. Note this is a change from starting on Thursday, September 4th due to a conflict with the scheduling meeting that day.

Section 1
Instructor: Nicole Lemire
Office: Middlesex 103C
Phone: 519-661-2111 x86533
E-mail: nlemire at uwo dot ca
Office Hours: Within reason, you may drop by to ask questions when I'm in or make an appointment by email, if you can't find me in.
Class times: TR 10:00-11:30am
Class location: MC 108
Text: Galois Theory, by Steven H. Weintraub, published by Springer Book is available from the UWO library in online format.
Prerequisites: Math 4123A/B or equivalent.

Course outline:

Automorphisms of fields, separable and normal extensions, splitting fields, fundamental theorem of Galois theory, primitive elements, Lagrange's theorem. Finite fields and their Galois groups, cyclotomic extensions and polynomials, applications of Galois theory to geometric constructions and solution of algebraic equations.

Link to UWO course calendar.

Evaluation of Student Performance:

Assignments: 30%
Midterm Examination:  30%
Final Examination: 40%

There will be 6 or 7 assignments. They are due at the beginning of class. Click here for a list of exercises and the procedures for handing in homework. The lowest (or missing) assignment grade will be dropped when computing the course grade.

Midterm Information:

The date of the midterm exam will be announced soon.

Final Exam Information

The date for the final exam will be announced later.

The assignments are to be thought of as take-home exams and should be done entirely on your own. All those involved in copying will receive a negative grade on the assignment in question. In addition, all academic offenses will be reported to the Dean's office, and may result in further penalties. Regarding Scholastic Offences and Penalties, see pp. 23-26 of the Academic Calendar or refer to Scholastic Discipline.

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Make-up exams and conflicts

If you know ahead of time that you are unable to attend a midterm or final exam, you must let your instructor know at least two weeks in advance so alternative arrangements can be made. See also the University's policy on final exam conflicts.

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Accessibility Statement

Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 661-2111 x 82147 for any specific questions regarding an accommodation.

Please check the exercises page and the course web page regularly for announcements and other information.

Here is a link to the clone presentation and the the Chessboard presentation

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