MTHE 217 - Algebraic Structures with Applications
Office: Jeffery Hall, Room 402
Tuesday 4:30 (Jeffery 127), Thursday 10:30 (Stirling A), Friday 4:30 (Jeffery 127).
Tuesday 1:30 -- Jeffery Hall, Room 127.
(Tutorials will be run by the TA. They are devoted
for quizes, solving illustrative problems and for students to ask questions
about the course material.)
- The course will have 10 homeworks in total.
The homeworks will not be collected. However, a problem from the homeworks
(or a variation thereof) will appear in the corresponding quiz.
Solutions to the homeworks will be posted after their corresponding quiz is held.
- The course will have 3 quizzes, each 20 minutes long and worth 5%.
Each quiz will be held at the beginning of a tutorial lecture.
The schedule of quizzes is available here.
Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00, or by appointment.
Students are also welcome to drop by the
Math Help and Study Center (Jeffery Hall, Room 201) to ask for help
from dedicated tutors (appointments are not required).
Textbook and Notes
Online Lecture Notes (by. F. Alajaji and A. Hoefel):
J. F. Humphreys and M. Y. Prest, Numbers, Groups and Codes,
Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Exam: 60%
The Midterm Exam is
scheduled for Week 8: Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
All assignments and exams in this course will receive numerical marks. The final
grade students receive for the course will be derived by converting their numerical
course average to a letter grade according to the
Queens Official Grade Conversion Scale.
Policy for Missing Exams:
There will be no
makeup exams. If a student misses the midterm
due to severe illness or a personal tragedy, then
the final exam will count towards 85% of the
Students with Special Needs:
Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome at Queen's. In
particular, if you have a disability or health consideration that may require
accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or
Queen's Student Accessibility Services.
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The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to elementary abstract
algebraic systems, and to illustrate the concepts with engineering applications.
Topics covered are:
- Propositional logic, valid arguments, methods of proof;
applications to switching and logic circuits.
- Quantifyers, set theory.
- Equivalence relations and mappings.
- The integers: mathematical induction,
primes and factorization,
the division algorithm, greatest common divisors,
congruence classes and modular arithmetic.
- Group theory: groups, subgroups,
cyclic groups, cosets and Lagrange's theorem, normal subgroups,
homomorphisms and isomorphisms.
- Applications to error-control codes:
binary block codes for noisy communication channels,
Hamming distance, nearest neighbor decoding,
code error detection/correction capabilities, group (linear) codes,
coset decoding, generator and parity check matrices, syndrome decoding.
- Introduction to other algebraic structures:
rings, fields, vector spaces, boolean algebras (time permitting).