Course syllabus - Applied Algebraic Structures 7.5 credits

Tillämpade algebraiska strukturer

Course code: MAA601
Valid from: Autumn semester14
Level of education: Second cycle
Subject: Mathematics
Main Field(s) of Study: Mathematics/Applied Mathematics,
In-Depth Level: A1F (Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements),
School: UKK
Ratification date: 2014-02-12


The course aims to provide students with broad knowledge of how the most important algebraic and operator algebraic structures, ideas, concepts, methods and calculation tools arise and applied in science and technology, and in this context to develop the ability to master logic, algorithms, modeling and calculations in a useful way.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to
- Explain the basic ideas and principles of symmetry analysis and the main applications of symmetry in science, engineering and life sciences
- Use solution methods and properties of systems of polynomial equations and relevant basics of algebraic geometry and commutative algebra in applications, particularly in robotics, computer vision and mechanics
- Explain initial ideas and examples of non-commutative analysis, operator algebra and non-commutative geometry and their fundamental role in mathematics and science
- Explain and explore the most important examples, concepts, ideas and generalizations of Lie analysis, Lie algebra, related non-associative structures, deformations of algebraic and geometric structures and their applications in physics and engineering
- Formulate and apply fundamental principles and models for rewriting systems and operads in computer science and physics

Course content

- Symmetry Analysis and symmetries in science, engineering and life sciences
- Systems of polynomial equations, algebraic geometry and commutative algebra in robotics, computer vision and mechanics
- Algebraic analysis of differential equations, integral equations, difference equations, recursive equations, functional equations and applications
- Non-commutative matrix equations in the stability analysis, optimization, control engineering and physics
- Lie analysis, Lie algebra, generalized Lie structures, hom-algebraic structures, non-associative algebra, deformations of algebraic and geometric structures in physics and engineering
- Non-commutative algebra and linear representations in physics and engineering
- Rewriting Systems and operads in computer science and physics

Teaching methods

Lectures and classes with both individual work and group work.

Specific entry requirements

120 credit points in one or several of the following subject areas: Engineering, Natural Science, Economics  or Business Administration with at least 60 credits in engineering and natural sciences including 30 credits in Mathematics / Applied Mathematics which must include either Applied Matrix Analysis, 7.5 credits or equivalent, or Abstract Algebra, 7.5 credits or equivalent. In addition Swedish B / Swedish 3 and English A / English 6 are required. In cases where the course is taught in English the requirement of Swedish B / Swedish 3 is excluded.


Project (PRO1), 4,5 credits, marks Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG)
Seminar (SEM1), 3 credits, marks Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG)

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