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Beachy and William D. Click here for information about algeebra Second Editionabstradt the appropriate Study Guide. A number theory thread runs throughout several optional sections, and there is an overview of techniques for computing Galois groups.

The book offers an extensive set of exercises that help to build skills in snd proofs. Chapter introductions, together with notes at the ends of certain chapters, provide motivation and historical context, while relating the subject matter to the broader mathematical picture. FEATURES Progresses students from writing proofs in the familiar setting of the integers to dealing with abstract concepts once they have gained some confidence.

Separating the two hurdles of devising proofs and grasping abstract mathematics makes abstract algebra more accessible. Makes a concerted effort throughout to develop key examples in detail before introducing the relevant abstract definitions.

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For example, cyclic groups are introduced in Chapter 1 in the context of number theory, and permutations are studied in Chapter 2, before abstract groups are introduced in Chapter 3. The ring of integers and rings of polynomials are covered before abstract rings are introduced in Chapter 5.

Provides chapter introductions and notes that give motivation and historical context while tying the subject matter in with the broader picture. The text emphasizes the historical connections to the solution of polynomial equations and to the theory of numbers. For strong classes, anstract is a complete treatment of Galois theory, and for honors students, there are optional sections on advanced number theory topics.


Recognizes the developing maturity of students by raising the writing level as the book progresses. The first two chapters on the integers and functions contain full details, in addition to comments on techniques of proof.

The intermediate chapters on groups, rings, and fields are written at a standard undergraduate level. Includes such optional topics as finite fields, the Sylow theorems, finite abelian groups, the simplicity of PSL 2 FEuclidean domains, unique factorization domains, cyclotomic polynomials, arithmetic functions, Moebius inversion, quadratic reciprocity, primitive roots, and diophantine equations. Offers an extensive set of exercises that provides ample opportunity for students to develop their ability to write proofs.

It contains solutions to all exercises. After using the book, on more than one occasion he sent us a large number of detailed suggestions on how to improve the presentation.


Many of these were in response to questions from his students, so we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to his students, as well as to Professor Bergman.

We believe that our responses to his suggestions and corrections have measurably improved the book. We would also like to acknowledge important corrections and suggestions that we received from Marie Vitulli, of the University of Oregon, and from David Doster, of Choate Rosemary Hall. We have also benefitted over the years from numerous comments from our own students and from a variety of colleagues.

We would like to add Doug Bowman, Dave Rusin, and Jeff Thunder to the list of colleagues given in the preface to the second edition. In this edition we have added about exercises, we have added 1 to all rings, and we have done our best to weed out various errors and misprints. We use the book in a linear fashion, but there are some alternatives to that approach.


With students who already have some acquaintance with the material in Chapters 1 and 2, it would be possible to begin with Chapter 3, on groups, using the first two chapters for a reference. We view these chapters as studying cyclic groups and permutation groups, respectively. Since Chapter 7 continues the development of group theory, it is possible to go directly from Chapter 3 to Chapter 7.

Chapter 5 contains basic facts about commutative rings, and contains many examples which depend on a knowledge of polynomial rings from Chapter 4.

Chapter 5 also depends on Chapter 3, since we make use of facts about groups in the development of ring theory, particularly in Section 5. After covering Chapter 5, it is beacny to go directly to Chapter 9, which has more ring theory and some applications to number theory. Our development of Galois theory in Chapter 8 depends on results from Chapters 5 and 6.

Abstract Algebra by John A. Beachy, William D. Blair

Rather than outlining a large number of possible paths through various parts of the text, we have to ask the instructor to read ahead and use a great deal of caution in choosing any paths other than the ones we have suggested above. We would like to point out to both students and instructors that there is some supplementary material available on the book’s website. Finally, we would like to thank our publisher, Neil Rowe, for his continued support of our writing.