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Galois Theory
(dt. Galoistheorie)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Written or oral examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Mathematics.
Subject, Origin Mathematics, M.Sc. Mathematics
One semester,
Regularly alternating with other specialization modules in Algebra
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. István Heckenberger


  • polynomials in several variables,
  • splitting fields, algebraic closure, Steinitz's theorem,
  • Normal, separable and inseparable field extensions,
  • Galois extensions, fundamental theorem of Galois theory,
  • Computation of the Galois group, translation theorem,
  • Finite fields, roots of unity, cyclotomic polynomials,
  • Pure equations, cyclic Galois groups,
  • solubility of algebraic equations by radicals (in any characteristic), constructions with compass and ruler, regular n-gons

Qualification Goals

Students will

1. become familiar with Galois theory with its applications and be able to evaluate its historical significance in particular,

2. learn how elementary problems about geometric constructions and solving equations can be solved by using abstract algebraic methods,

3. train the use of algebraic methods by means of many concrete examples.

4. practice mathematical ways of working (developing mathematical intuition and its formal justification, training the ability to abstract, reasoning)

5. improve their oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and in discussion.


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in den Basismodulen und im Aufbaumodul Algebra vermittelt werden

Recommended Reading

  • Cigler, J.: Körper, Ringe, Gleichungen, Spektrum.
  • Stewart, I.: Galois Theory, London.

Please note:

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