ABSTRACT ALGEBRA: A Study Guide for Beginners



John A. Beachy

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Northern Illinois University

    This study guide is intended for students who are working through the Fourth Edition of our textbook Abstract Algebra (co-authored with William D. Blair). The guide is focused on solved problems, and covers Chapters One through Six. My goal throughout is to help students learn how to do proofs, as well as computations. The study guide now contains over 600 problems, and more than half have detailed solutions, while about a fifth have either an answer or a hint. That number of problems can be quite overwhelming, so if you don't have enough time to try to work all of the solved problems, you can at least read the solutions.
    The file is in pdf format, suitable for viewing with Adobe Acrobat Reader. It can also be downloaded and printed, with only minor restrictions (see page ii of the study guide).
    Please send me email (jbeachy at niu.edu) if you find typos or mathematical mistakes.

Download the most recent copy of the Study Guide:

Abstract Algebra: A Study Guide for Beginners

224 pages, pdf format, ~993k, posted 9/10/2019

Please note that this study guide differs substantially from the Online Study Guide, which has not been updated to the 4th Edition.
The 2014 and 2012 versions of the Study Guide (for the 3rd Edition) are still available in case you have references to particular problems in those editions.