MATH 8174 (Topics in Algebra 1)

MATH 8174, Spring 2013
Instructor: Dr Green
Venue: MWF 1, ECCR 1B08
Office: MATH 313
Email: rmg [AT]
Office Hours: M 2, W 11, F 10
MATH 6130, MATH 6140
Course Contents
Representation theory and character theory of finite groups, representation theory of Lie algebras, and related topics.
Homework will be worth 100 points in total and will be based on your best 10 homework scores. Usually, three or more of the assigned problems will be graded, and late work will ordinarily not be graded.
The two midterms will be worth 100 points each, and the final will be worth 200 points. These three examinations may be individually curved to produce an appropriate profile.
The two midterms will be held during class on Wednesday, February 13, and Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
The final examination is on Wednesday, May 8 from 7.30pm to 10pm in the usual classroom. (Check that this agrees with your other sources of information!) Bring your CU student ID to all of your tests.
Homework is due at the beginning of class, usually on Mondays. Justify all your answers.
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Missed Exams
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Homework assignments

Assignment 1 (assigned Wed 16 Jan, due Wed 23 Jan)
Graded: 1.1 (3 points), 1.2 (2 points), 1.4 (5 points)
Assignment 2 (assigned Wed 23 Jan, due Mon 28 Jan)
Graded: 2.2 (3 points), 2.3 (4 points), 2.4 (3 points)
Assignment 3 (assigned Mon 28 Jan, due Mon 4 Feb)
Graded: 3.1 (2 points), 3.2 (4 points), 3.4 (4 points)
Assignment 4 (assigned Mon 4 Feb, due Mon 11 Feb)
Graded: 4.1 (3 points), 4.2 (3 points), 4.4 (4 points)
Assignment 5 (assigned Mon 11 Feb, due Mon 18 Feb)
Graded: 5.2 (3 points), 5.3 (3 points), 5.4 (4 points)
Assignment 6 (assigned Mon 18 Feb, due Mon 25 Feb)
Graded: 6.1 (2 points), 6.4 (8 points)
Assignment 7 (assigned Mon 25 Feb, due Mon 4 Mar)
Graded: 7.1 (5 points), 7.3 (5 points)
Assignment 8 (assigned Mon 4 Mar, due Mon 11 Mar)
Graded: 8.5 (4 points), 8.6 (4 points), 8.8 (2 points)
Assignment 9 (assigned Mon 11 Mar, due Mon 18 Mar)
Graded: 9.2 (3 points), 9.4 (4 points), 9.5 (3 points)
Assignment 10 (assigned Mon 18 Mar, due Wed 3 Apr)
Graded: 10.1 (4 points), 10.3 (3 points), 10.4 (3 points)
Assignment 11 (assigned Mon 1 Apr, due Mon 8 Apr)
Graded: 11.1 (3 points), 11.3 (2 points), 11.5 (5 points)
Assignment 12 (assigned Mon 8 Apr, due Fri 19 Apr)
Graded: 12.2 (3 points), 12.3 (7 points: 2, 2, 3)
Assignment 13 (assigned Wed 17 Apr, due Wed 24 Apr)
Graded: 13.1 (2 points), 13.2 (4 points), 13.4 (4 points)
Assignment 14 (assigned Wed 24 Apr, due Mon 29 Apr)
Graded: 14.1 (5 points), 14.2 (5 points)