Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to: consider topics in the 19th Century history of abstract algebra and number theory; discuss what was taken to be so important about them.

Principal learning outcomes

To develop a critical sense of what was, and even what is, important and exciting about mathematics and its evolution; To raise questions about the nature of mathematics and its relation both to abstract thought and to its applications in classical physics.

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Other essential notes

Prerequisites: Familiarity with concepts from algebra as presented in MA249 Algebra II is highly desirable, but not essential; an acquaintance with MA246 Number Theory would help but is not required.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA3E5-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 14%
Assessed Course Work 26%
Assessed Course Work 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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