Courses & Units

Algebra 3 KMA351

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.



Driven primarily through the lens of linear algebra, this unit provides an abstract development of standard algebraic structures: groups, rings, and vector spaces. Topics include: linear transformations, non-singularity and invertibility; isomorphism and homomorphism theorems; the algebra of linear transformations; polynomial ideals and the division algorithm; determinants and permutations; invariant subspaces, projection operators, minimal polynomials and the primary decomposition theorem.


Unit name Algebra 3
Unit code KMA351
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Associate Professor Jeremy Sumner
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Construct logical, clearly presented and rigorous mathematical derivations and arguments which incorporate deductive reasoning.
  • Recognise applied problems which can be solved using the abstract techniques developed in the unit.
  • Self-direct further learning to extend existing mathematical knowledge in abstract algebra and other mathematical areas.
  • Communicate mathematical ideas effectively using verbal and written expression.
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KMA251 OR KMA254


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures, 1 x 1-hr tutorial

AssessmentMid-semester test (20%)|Weekly assignments (20%)|Exam (60%)
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Recommended reading
Any relatively advanced undergraduate text on Linear Algebra should include most of the topics covered in the unit. You are encouraged to browse the available texts in the university library to find one that suits your learning style.
Particular suggestions include:
i. A First Course in Abstract Algebra, Marlow Anderson, Todd Feil
ii. Sheldon Axler, Linear Algebra Done Right. Springer.
iii. Kenneth Hoffman and Ray Kunze, Linear Algebra. Princton University Press.
Comment: A classic (albeit old), difficult (but rewarding) textbook.
iv. Michael Artin, Algebra. Pearson Education Limited.

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