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Abstract Algebra

Structure and Application

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 1-21
  3. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 23-40
  4. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 41-55
  5. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 57-72
  6. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 73-91
  7. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 93-104
  8. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 105-120
  9. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 121-134
  10. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 135-144
  11. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages 145-181
  12. David R. Finston, Patrick J. Morandi
    Pages C1-C1
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 183-187

About this book

Introduction

This text seeks to generate interest in abstract algebra by introducing each new structure and topic via a real-world application. The down-to-earth presentation is accessible to a readership with no prior knowledge of abstract algebra. Students are led to algebraic concepts and questions in a natural way through their everyday experiences.

Applications include:

  • Identification numbers and modular arithmetic
  • (linear) error-correcting codes, including cyclic codes
  • ruler and compass constructions
  • cryptography
  • symmetry of patterns in the real plane

Abstract Algebra: Structure and Application is suitable as a text for a first course on abstract algebra whose main purpose is to generate interest in the subject, or as a supplementary text for more advanced courses. The material paves the way to subsequent courses that further develop the theory of abstract algebra and will appeal to students of mathematics, mathematics education, computer science, and engineering interested in applications of algebraic concepts.

Keywords

Cyclic codes Field extension Group theory Modular arithmetic Rings and fields Symmetry

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBrooklyn College of the City University of New YorkBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.CUNY Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mathematical SciencesNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“The essential characteristic of this book is the ‘down-to-earth’ presentation on the most fundamental aspects of modern algebra. This book is indeed accessible to a general audience without prior knowledge of modern algebra … .” (Haohao Wang, Mathematical Reviews, April, 2017)

“Finston and Morandi intend to develop the structures and basic theorems of modern algebra through applications that have relevance to the students’ daily lives. … For the vast majority of their students this will be their final abstract algebra course. … do an excellent job of introducing students to the theory of abstract algebra and its applications.” (Ellen Ziliak, MAA Reviews, June, 2015)

“Finston (Brooklyn College) and Morandi (New Mexico State Univ.) have taken on the daunting task of writing an abstract algebra text for students who are majoring in math, math education, or computer science and emphasizing applications to cover in one semester. The well-written work is organized to meet the authors' stated goals. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and faculty.” (J. R. Burke, Choice, Vol. 52 (9), May, 2015)

“This book can be used in various situations: for an applied algebra course, for courses designed for secondary mathematics teachers, for programs of Master’ degree in middle school mathematics education or a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. … The book is structured in ten chapters.” (Florentina Chirteş, zbMATH, Vol. 1304, 2015)