autumn 2020
MAT-3300 Algebra 2 - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is included in the study program Mathematics - master. It may also be taken independent of study program upon approval of the Department of mathematics and statistics.

Admission requirements

Bachelor of science degree in mathematics or equal. Recommended prerequsites is MAT-2300 Algebra 1. Application code is 9371.

Course overlap

MA-330 Algebra II 10 stp

Course content

The course is devoted to solutions of algebraic equations. It starts with field extensions, Galois theory and roots of polynomials in one variable. Abel¿s theorem on insolvability of the quintic is one of the highlights. Then the course focusses on polynomials in several variables, covering Gröbner basis as an effective computation tool. Finally, the general theory of zeros of polynomial ideals is expressed in the language of algebraic geometry.

Recommended prerequisites

MAT-2300 Algebra 1

Objectives of the course

The candidate shall obtain solid knowledge in selected topics beyond Algebra 1:
  • understand the theory of field extensions and algebraic numbers;
  • be able to compute Galois groups of polynomials and construct the corresponding extensions
  • Manage calculations with Gröbner bases by hand and with symbolic packages;
  • Know basics of algebraic geometry, including the correspondence between varieties and prime ideals.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and the syllabus is English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 h Coursework: 30 h


One oral exam counting 100%.

Assessment scale: Letter grades A-F.

Coursework requirements A passing grade is required on the mandatory homework sets for permission to take the exam.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: MAT-3300