Group Theory View more

Explore groups through symmetries, applications, and problems.

Book 22 Lessons

Course description

This course was written in collaboration with Jason Horowitz, who received his mathematics PhD at UC Berkeley and was a founding teacher at the mathematics academy Proof School.

This course explores group theory at the university level, but is uniquely motivated through symmetries, applications, and challenging problems. For example, before diving into the technical axioms, we'll explore their motivation through geometric symmetries.

Topics covered

  • Abelian Groups
  • Conjugacy Classes
  • Direct and Semidirect Products
  • Group Actions
  • Group Axioms
  • Homomorphisms
  • Isomorphisms
  • Normal Groups
  • Quotient Groups
  • Subgroups
  • Sylow Theorems
  • Symmetry

Prerequisites and next steps

Familiarity with linear algebra basics and a willingness to engage with mathematical abstraction is all that’s required!