Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Hall


Groups in geometry, linear algebra, and number theory; cyclic and abelian groups; permutation groups; subgroups, cosets and normal subgroups; homomorphisms, isomorphisms and the fundamental homomorphism theorem. The Euclidean algorithm, prime factorisation, congruences, the Euler totient function; the theorems of Fermat, Euler and Wilson, and the RSA public key cryptosystem; Chinese remainder theorem; rings, fields and abelian groups in number theory.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the beauty and the power of pure mathematics;

  1. Understand the fundamental concepts of algebra and number theory;

  1. Appreciate the notion of proof in mathematics and be able to carry out basic proofs;

  1. Appreciate the beauty of the mathematics of the ancient Greeks, including Euclid and Diophantes;

  1. Appreciate the power of large primes in enabling crypto-systems for banking;

  1. Understand the power of the generality of the concepts in group theory.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and tests: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and an average of one 1-hour support class per week



MTH3121, MTH2122, MTH3122