Rings, Fields, and Vector Spaces: An Introduction to Abstract Algebra via Geometric Constructibility by B.a. SethuramanRings, Fields, and Vector Spaces: An Introduction to Abstract Algebra via Geometric Constructibility by B.a. Sethuraman

Rings, Fields, and Vector Spaces: An Introduction to Abstract Algebra via Geometric Constructibility

byB.a. Sethuraman

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This book is an attempt to communicate to undergraduate math­ ematics majors my enjoyment of abstract algebra. It grew out of a course offered at California State University, Northridge, in our teacher preparation program, titled Foundations of Algebra, that was intended to provide an advanced perspective on high-school mathe­ matics. When I first prepared to teach this course, I needed to select a set of topics to cover. The material that I selected would clearly have to have some bearing on school-level mathematics, but at the same time would have to be substantial enough for a university-level course. It would have to be something that would give the students a perspective into abstract mathematics, a feel for the conceptual elegance and grand simplifications brought about by the study of structure. It would have to be of a kind that would enable the stu­ dents to develop their creative powers and their reasoning abilities. And of course, it would all have to fit into a sixteen-week semester. The choice to me was clear: we should study constructibility. The mathematics that leads to the proof of the nontrisectibility of an arbitrary angle is beautiful, it is accessible, and it is worthwhile. Every teacher of mathematics would profit from knowing it. Now that I had decided on the topic, I had to decide on how to develop it. All the students in my course had taken an earlier course . .
Title:Rings, Fields, and Vector Spaces: An Introduction to Abstract Algebra via Geometric ConstructibilityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pagesPublisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/Trade

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0387948481

ISBN - 13:9780387948485

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Table of Contents

1 Divisibility in the Integers.- 2 Rings and Fields.- 3 Vector Spaces.- 4 Field Extensions.- 5 Polynomials.- 6 The Field Generated by an Element.- 7 Straightedge and Compass Constructions.- References.

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Using the proof of the nontrisectibility of an arbitrary angle as a final goal, the author develops, in an easy conversational style, the basics of rings, fields, and vector spaces. Originally developed as a text for an introduction to algebra course for future high-school teachers at California State University, Northridge, the focus of this book is on exposition, on conveying mathematical insight to an audience that is as yet unaccustomed to abstraction. Familiarity with the material is developed by exposing the students to a large number of examples, and the text is peppered liberally with questions intended to encourage the students to think through the material themselves.