below, you will find your results in the recent Abstract Algebra course at Aalto. I will communicate the passing candidates' grades to the admins during the coming days. Please contact me by email, should you have any concerns regarding your grade.
Thanks in advance, and greetings.
Here are a few hints that help you prepare for the final exam, and to understand what to expect in that exam.
- The exam will be "closed book", meaning, I don't allow that any notes may be taken into the exam in order to be used there. This sounds harder than intended, but it makes it much easier to put a question into the paper of the type: Explain what a group is, etc...
- I have seen that we will have 3 hours for the work on the exam paper. This encourages me to pose roughly 10 problems, some of them asking you for basic definitions, others for the more or less exact reading of a theorem (possibly including the "idea of proof"), further of them forming simple homework-like questions.
- You will not need a calculator for the exam, so do not bring it in.
- On Tuesday, February 19th, between 2pm and 4pm, Taoufiq and myself will be available in my office and you can attend an office hour with any last questions or concerns. In addition to this, I will of course be happy to respond to any of your messages, should you need to contact me by email.
This is it so far. I wish you a successful preparation followed by a successful exam, and I sincerely hope to see you soon again in summer, when I lecture Abstract Algebra II as a continuation of this course.
Thank you very much for a very enjoyable teaching experience!
Best regards, and see you later. Marcus Greferath.
There was the question, if there are any textbooks that I can recommend for studies beyond my hand-written notes. For this purpose, have a look at the following:
- Dummit and Foote: Abstract Algebra. ISBN 978-0471433347.
- Hungerford: Algebra. ISBN 978-0387905181.
- Biggs: Discrete Mathematics. (a lot of the basics of this course can be found in this book as well).
All these books are expensive, however the library might have them for you. Some of them seem to be available as pdf-files in the web. I am not completely sure about the legal status of such copies, so take this as a warning.
Should you have further questions, then please do not hesitate approaching me via email or in class.
Best regards. M.G.