MATH3031 Algebraic Structures and Symmetry

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Mathematics and Statistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
Content
The theme of this unit is the theory of groups, and their use in measuring symmetry with special emphasis on geometric examples. Apart from the mathematical interest of groups, they are of great and increasing importance in Chemistry, Geology and Physics, and those aspects that have significance in such disciplines are strongly emphasised. The fundamental notion is that of a group action. Group actions are used to elucidate the structure of a group, culminating in the Sylow theorems, which connect finite groups and number theory. The applications of group actions extend to symmetries of the plane, three-space and higher dimensional spaces, rotation and spin, crystallographic groups and symmetries of regular figures in two and three dimensions. Other algebraic structures such as rings and fields may also be explored.
Outcomes
Students are able to demonstrate skills and insights in a wide range of algebraic topics with important applications.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Giudici
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MATH2031 Introduction to Pure Mathematics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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