A Concrete Approach to Abstract Algebra: From the Integers to the Insolvability of the Quintic

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Academic Press, Dec 28, 2009 - Mathematics - 720 pages
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A Concrete Approach to Abstract Algebra begins with a concrete and thorough examination of familiar objects like integers, rational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, complex conjugation and polynomials, in this unique approach, the author builds upon these familar objects and then uses them to introduce and motivate advanced concepts in algebra in a manner that is easier to understand for most students. The text will be of particular interest to teachers and future teachers as it links abstract algebra to many topics wich arise in courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. The final four chapters present the more theoretical material needed for graduate study.

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  • Presents a more natural 'rings first' approach to effectively leading the student into the the abstract material of the course by the use of motivating concepts from previous math courses to guide the discussion of abstract algebra
  • Bridges the gap for students by showing how most of the concepts within an abstract algebra course are actually tools used to solve difficult, but well-known problems
  • Builds on relatively familiar material (Integers, polynomials) and moves onto more abstract topics, while providing a historical approach of introducing groups first as automorphisms
  • Exercises provide a balanced blend of difficulty levels, while the quantity allows the instructor a latitude of choices

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Chapter 1 What This Book Is about and Who This Book Is for
Chapter 2 Proof and Intuition
Chapter 3 The Integers
Chapter 4 The Rational Numbers and the Real Numbers
Chapter 5 The Complex Numbers
Chapter 6 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
Chapter 7 The Integers Modulo n
Chapter 8 Group Theory
Chapter 11 Rational Values of Trigonometric Functions
Chapter 12 Polynomials over Arbitrary Fields
Chapter 13 Difference Functions and Partial Fractions
Chapter 14 An Introduction to Linear Algebra and Vector Spaces
Chapter 15 Degrees and Galois Groups of Field Extensions
Chapter 16 Geometric Constructions
Chapter 17 Insolvability of the Quintic

Chapter 9 Polynomials over the Integers and Rationals
Chapter 10 Roots of Polynomials of Degree Less than 5

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About the author (2009)

Bergen is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.

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