Lecturer: Miles Reid
Term(s): Term 2
Status for Mathematics students: List A
Commitment: 30 one-hour lectures
Assessment: Assigned work/tests 15%. Three-hour written exam 85%
Prerequisites: The Group theory and linear algebra taught in core modules
Content: The concept of a group is defined abstractly (as set with an associative binary operation, a neutral element, and a unary operation of inversion) but is better understood through concrete examples, for instance
- permutation groups
- matrix groups
- groups defined by generators and relations. All these concrete forms can be investigated with computers. In this module we will study groups by
- finding matrix groups to represent them
- using matrix arithmetic to uncover new properties. In particular, we will study the irreducible characters of a group and the square table of complex numbers they define. Character tables have a tightly-constrained structure and contain a great deal of information about a group in condensed form. The emphasis of this module will be on the interplay of theory with calculation and examples.
Aims: To introduce representation theory of finite groups in a hands-on fashion.
Objectives: To enable students to:
- understand matrix and linear representations of groups and their associated modules,
- compute representations and character tables of groups, and
- know the statements and understand the proofs of theorems about groups and representations covered in this module.
We will work through printed notes written by the lecturer.
A nice book that we shall not use is:
G James & M Liebeck, Representations and Characters of Groups, Cambridge University Press, 1993. Second edition, 2001. (IBSN: 052100392X).