MATH 4140/5140 (Abstract Algebra 2)

MATH 4140/5140, Spring 2023
Instructor: Dr Green
Venue: MWF 11.15am, ECCR 116
Online classes: Zoom Meeting ID 958 6741 2737; see me for the password.
Office: MATH 313
Office Hours: M 12.20, W 12.20, F 10.10
Email: rmg [AT]
Representations and Characters of Groups, 2nd ed (Gordon James and Martin Liebeck)
MATH 3140
Course Contents
Representations and characters of finite groups over the complex numbers
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In this class, an overall score of 90% or more gets an A; 80% or more gets at least a B; 70% or more gets at least a C; and 60% or more gets at least a D. You may receive a more generous grade than this, but bear in mind that plus and minus grades are not associated with particular numerical ranges. Plus grades are rarely used, and the grade of D+ is almost never used.
The two midterms will be held in person, during class on Wednesday, February 15 and Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
The first midterm might be something like this.
The second midterm might be something like this.
The final examination is on Sunday, May 7, 2023 from 7.30pm to 10pm in the usual classroom. Bring your CU student ID to all of your tests.
Homework is due at the beginning of class. Some, but not all of the problems will be graded. Justify all your answers. You should assume that late work will not be graded.
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Please, no open yawning or sleeping in class!
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Religious Holidays
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In this class, you should inform your professor of any conflict as soon as possible. In the case of conflicts with exams, if you do not inform your instructor of the conflict at least two classes in advance of the exam, you must provide documentary evidence of the religious obligation.
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Homework assignments

Assignment 1 (assigned Wed 18 Jan, due Fri 27 Jan)
Assignment 2 (assigned Fri 27 Jan, due Wed 1 Feb)
Assignment 3 (assigned Wed 1 Feb, due Mon 6 Feb)
Assignment 4 (assigned Mon 6 Feb, due Mon 13 Feb)
Assignment 5 (assigned Mon 13 Feb, due Mon 20 Feb)
Assignment 6 (assigned Mon 20 Feb, due Mon 27 Feb)
Assignment 7 (assigned Mon 27 Feb, due Mon 6 Mar)
Assignment 8 (assigned Mon 6 Mar, due Mon 13 Mar)
Assignment 9 (assigned Mon 13 Mar, due Mon 20 Mar)
Assignment 10 (assigned Mon 20 Mar, due Mon 3 Apr)