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CHAPTER 1: RINGS (62 pages)
CHAPTER 2: MODULES (74 pages)
CHAPTER 3: STRUCTURE OF NONCOMMUTATIVE RINGS (34 pages)
CHAPTER 4: REPRESENTATIONS OF FINITE GROUPS (36 pages)
APPENDIX (22 pages)
BIBLIOGRAPHY | LIST OF SYMBOLS | INDEX
238 pages
* Sections that may be omitted from the development
The core of the first three chapters is based on my lecture notes from the second semester of a graduate algebra sequence that I have taught at Northern Illinois University. I have added additional examples, in the hope of making the material accessible to advanced undergraduate students. To provide some variety in the examples, there is a short section on modules over the Weyl algebras. This section is marked with an asterisk, as it can be omitted without causing difficulties in the presentation. (The same is true of Section 1.5 and Section 3.4.) Chapter 4 provides an introduction to the representation theory of finite groups. Its goal is to lead the reader into an area in which there has been a very successful interaction between ring theory and group theory.
Certain books are most useful as a reference, while others are less encyclopedic in nature, but may be an easier place to learn the material for the first time. It is my hope that students will find these notes to be accessible, and a useful source from which to learn the basic material. I have included only as much material as I have felt it is reasonable to try to cover in one semester. The role of an encyclopedic text is played by any one of the standard texts by Jacobson, Hungerford, and Lang. My personal choice for a reference is Basic Algebra by N. Jacobson.
There are many possible directions for subsequent work. To study noncommutative rings the reader might choose one of the following books: An Introduction to Noncommutative Noetherian Rings, by K. R. Goodearl and R. B. Warfield, A First Course in Noncommutative Rings, by T. Y. Lam, and A Course in Ring Theory, by D. S. Passman. After finishing Chapter 4 of this text, the reader should have the necessary background to study Representations and Characters of Finite Groups, by M. J. Collins. Another possibility is to study A Primer of Algebraic D-Modules, by S. C. Coutinho.
I expect the reader to have had prior experience with algebra, either at the advanced undergraduate level, or in a graduate level course on Galois theory and the structure of groups. Virtually all of the prerequisite material can be found in undergraduate books at the level of Herstein's Abstract Algebra. For the sake of completeness, two definitions will be given at this point. A group is a nonempty set G together with a binary operation ^{.} on G such that the following conditions hold: (i) for all a,b,c in G, we have a^{.}(b^{.}c) = (a^{.}b)^{.}c; (ii) there exists 1 in G such that 1^{.}a = a and a^{.}1 = a for all a in G; (iii) for each a in G there exists an element a^{-1} in G such that a^{.}a^{-1} = 1 and a^{-1}^{.}a = 1. The group G is said to be abelian if a^{.}b=b^{.}a for all a,b in G, and in this case the symbol ^{.} for the operation on G is usually replaced by a + symbol, and the identity element is denoted by the symbol 0 rather than by the symbol 1. The definition of an abelian group is fundamental, since the objects of study in the text (rings and modules) are constructed by endowing an abelian group with additional structure.
I sincerely hope that the reader's prior experience with algebra has included the construction of examples. Good examples provide the foundation for understanding this material. I have included a variety of them, but it is best if additional ones are constructed by the reader. A good example illustrates the key ideas of a definition or theorem, but is not so complicated as to obscure the important points. Each definition should have several associated examples that will help in understanding and remembering the conditions of the definition. It is helpful to include some that do not satisfy the stated conditions.
From the preface to the supplement:
The text grew out of the first-year graduate course that I have taught at Northern Illinois University. In keeping with the noncommutative focus of the text, I included a chapter on group representations in place of the chapter on commutative rings that is in our course syllabus. Since a course at that level should lay some foundation for later work in commutative algebra, I felt that I should make my class notes available as a supplement to the text.
At this point, the supplement is approximately 30 pages long and includes the following sections.
Chapter 5: Commutative rings
Click here for the version posted in May, 1999.
These notes are intended to help students who are working through the text. The notes include some background material, along with supplementary problems (with solutions). At some point in the future I hope to have a complete manuscript available on the web, with many more solved problems, and extensive comments on the text.
This part of my site is still "under construction".
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