Abstract Algebra

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9780881338669: Abstract Algebra

A text for a one- or two-semester course at the junior or senior level for mathematics majors who have taken a course in computational linear algebra. Treatment begins with emphasis on concrete problems and progresses from number theory and polynomials through rings and fields, assuming no knowledge of proofs. Advanced chapters cover group theory, Galois theory, and unique factorization. Includes appendices on background material, chapter exercises and answers, and an introduction to the student on how to get the most from the course. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Consider these titles of related interest also available from Waveland Press: Hillman-Alexanderson, Abstract Algebra: A First Undergraduate Course, Fifth Edition (ISBN 157766082X) and Saracino, Abstract Algebra: A First Course (ISBN 0881336653).

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"The book has a great selection of exercises. There are enough good ones to make it possible to use the book several semesters in a row without repeating too much. They come in a nice mix from easy computations to warm the students up to more difficult theoretical problems. A few have solutions, but most don't. I like this balance very much." -- Will Murray, California State University, Long Beach

"I like the gradual introduction to abstraction by starting with examples rather than abstract groups or rings. Many nice examples, as well as good theorems often omitted from undergraduate courses." -- William M. McGovern, University of Washington

"A well-written text with plenty of opportunity for students to get involved in the learning process." -- Francis T. Hannick, Minnesota State University, Mankato

"This book moves from concreteness to abstraction more skillfully than any text I have ever seen. A completely convincing and student-oriented presentation of the `why' of abstract algebra as well as the `how.'" -- Vic Camillo, University of Iowa

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