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You will learn to compute Galois groups and before that study the properties of various field extensions. We first shall survey the basic notions and properties of field extensions: algebraic, transcendental, finite field extensions, degree of an extension, algebraic closure, decomposition field of a polynomial. Then we shall do a bit of commutative algebra finite algebras over a field, base change via tensor product and apply this to study the notion of separability in some detail.
After that we shall discuss Galois extensions and Galois correspondence and give many examples cyclotomic extensions, finite fields, Kummer extensions, Artin-Schreier extensions, etc. We shall address the question of solvability of equations by radicals Abel theorem.
We shall also try to explain the relation to representations and to topological coverings. Finally, we shall briefly discuss extensions of rings integral elemets, norms, traces, etc. Some knowledge of commutative algebra prime and maximal ideals — first few pages of any book in commutative algebra is welcome.
For exercises we also shall need some elementary facts about groups and their actions on sets, groups of permutations and, marginally, the statement of Sylow's theorems. There will be two non-graded exercise lists in replacement of the non-existent exercise classes Do you have technical problems? Write to us: coursera hse. Introduction -This is just a two-minutes advertisement and a short reference list. Week 1 -We introduce the basic notions such as a field extension, algebraic element, minimal polynomial, finite extension, and study their very basic properties such as the multiplicativity of degree in towers.
Week 2 -We introduce the notion of a stem field and a splitting field of a polynomial. Using Zorn's lemma, we construct the algebraic closure of a field and deduce its unicity up to an isomorphism from the theorem on extension of homomorphisms. Week 3 -We recall the construction and basic properties of finite fields.
We prove that the multiplicative group of a finite field is cyclic, and that the automorphism group of a finite field is cyclic generated by the Frobenius map. We introduce the notions of separable resp. We briefly discuss perfect fields. This week, the first ungraded assignment in order to practice the subject a little bit is given.
An Introduction to Galois Theory
Week 4 -This is a digression on commutative algebra. The notion of a solvable group in group theory allows one to determine whether a polynomial is solvable in radicals, depending on whether its Galois group has the property of solvability. If all the factor groups in its composition series are cyclic, the Galois group is called solvable , and all of the elements of the corresponding field can be found by repeatedly taking roots, products, and sums of elements from the base field usually Q.
By the rational root theorem this has no rational zeroes. Neither does it have linear factors modulo 2 or 3. Thus its modulo 3 Galois group contains an element of order 5. It is known  that a Galois group modulo a prime is isomorphic to a subgroup of the Galois group over the rationals.
A permutation group on 5 objects with elements of orders 6 and 5 must be the symmetric group S 5 , which is therefore the Galois group of f x.
This is one of the simplest examples of a non-solvable quintic polynomial. According to Serge Lang , Emil Artin found this example. As long as one does not also specify the ground field , the problem is not very difficult, and all finite groups do occur as Galois groups. For showing this, one may proceed as follows. Choose a field K and a finite group G. Cayley's theorem says that G is up to isomorphism a subgroup of the symmetric group S on the elements of G. G acts on F by restriction of action of S. On the other hand, it is an open problem whether every finite group is the Galois group of a field extension of the field Q of the rational numbers.
Igor Shafarevich proved that every solvable finite group is the Galois group of some extension of Q. Various people have solved the inverse Galois problem for selected non-Abelian simple groups. Existence of solutions has been shown for all but possibly one Mathieu group M 23 of the 26 sporadic simple groups.
There is even a polynomial with integral coefficients whose Galois group is the Monster group. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Inverse Galois problem. Galois Theory. Chapman and Hall. Galois' Theory of Algebraic Equations. World Scientific.
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