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    General Information

    • Attendance in both lectures and tutorials is compulsory and will be recorded for the purpose of engagement monitoring,in line with the School's Student Engagement Policy.
    • Tutorials will start in week 1.
    • The first five weeks of this module will involve going over Peter Cameron's Group Theory Revision Notes. How much of this is review, how much is new, and how much forms a crash course in basic group theory will depend on how much group theory you have already studied. I am happy to further explain any parts of this material in the tutorials.
    • There may be a lecture in week 7 please follow the announcements.
    • Useful References

      Useful texts for background reading include:

      • Walter Ledermann and Alan J. Weir, Introduction to Group Theory (Second Edition), Longman, 1996.
      • Peter J. Cameron, Introduction to Algebra (Second Edition), Oxford University Press, 2008.


      A useful reference for group actions and permutation group theory is:

      • Peter J. Cameron, Permutation Groups, L.M.S. Student Texts 45, Cambridge University Press, 1999.


      A very thorough and useful reference for all aspects of group theory is:

      • Derek J.S. Robinson, A Course in the Theory of Groups (Second Edition), Graduate Texts in Mathematics 80, Springer, New York, 1996.
      • Week 1 and Week 2

        The following in the notes below are NOT examinable:

        • Section 1.5 (Presentations);
        • from the last two paragraphs of page 12 (starting with "The group D2n has a presentation") until the end of page 15 (including the Exercise on page 15). You are still responsible, however, for the statement of the Fundamental Theorem of Abelian Groups and its application (as given in Section 2.2).
      • Week 4 and Week 5

        In the notes below, Theorem 4.4 part (b) and its proof, and the proof of the Jordan–Hölder Theorem in Appendix 5.5, are NOT examinable.