Friday (11/05/2004) at 4:00pm in 302 Pickard Hall
Speaker: Kristen Beck and Bill Purpura,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Texas at Arlington
"Moving Beyond Groups: Rings & Modules, Fields & Vector Spaces"
This informal talk will be geared toward undergraduates
interested in pursuing higher level algebra. As a consequence, we will
assume from the audience only an understanding of basic group theory.
By adding additional structure to the already familiar group, we will
show how to form a ring, and also discuss the concept of a module over a
given ring, the special case being a vector space over a field. Several
examples will be given, and questions will be encouraged. Time
permitting, we will show how these concepts are used in our areas of