MATH2078 - Honours Algebraic Structures - 2023/24

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  • The lecture venue on Wednesdays has been changed to MMW 705 (originally KKB 101).
  • Tutorial in the first week will be replaced by lectures; the first tutorial will be held on Jan 15, 2024 (Monday).
  • Course Outline [Download file]
  • Please submit your homework solutions via Blackboard. In case you haven't been added to the system yet, please email the lecturer.

General Information


  • CHAN Kwok Wai
    • Office: LSB 212
    • Tel: 3943 7976
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • LAM Chin Hang Eddie
    • Office: LSB 222B
    • Tel: 3943 7963
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Mon 1:30pm - 2:15pm, LSB LT4; Wed 4:30pm - 6:15pm, MMW 705
  • Tutorial: Mon 2:30pm - 3:15pm, LSB LT4

Course Description

This course is an introduction to modern abstract algebra and the algebraic way of thinking in advanced mathematics. The course focuses on basic algebraic concepts which arise in various areas of advanced mathematics, and emphasizes on the underlying algebraic structures which are common to various concrete mathematical examples.

Topics include:

Group Theory - examples of groups including permutation and dihedral groups, subgroups, the Theorem of Lagrange, group homomorphisms, normal subgroups and quotient groups.

Ring Theory - examples of rings including the ring of integers and polynomial rings, integral domains, fields, ring homomorphisms, ideals and quotient rings.

Field Theory - examples of field extensions and finite fields.


  • Lecture notes available at the course webpage.


  • J. A. Gallian, Contemporary Abstract Algebra, CMC Press, 10th edition.
  • M. Artin, Algebra, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition.
  • J. Fraleigh, A First Course in Abstract Algebra, Addison-Wesley, 7th edition.
  • P. Aluffi, Algebra: Chapter 0, Graduate Studies in Mathematics Vol. 104, AMS.
  • D. Dummit and R. Foote, Abstract Algebra, John Wiley and Sons, 3rd edition.

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes



Assessment Scheme

Homework 10%
Midterm (12 March 2024, Tuesday night) 30%
Final 60%

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