Math 114. Galois Theory

Department of Mathematics
University of California, Berkeley
Spring 2009

This is an introductory course on fields and Galois theory.

The official prerequisites for taking this course are Math 110: Linear Algebra and Math 113: Introduction to Abstract Algebra.



Location: Evans Hall, Room 6

Times: 12:00 N–1:00 PM on Mon/Wed/Fri

Course staff

Instructor: Lek-Heng Lim
Evans Hall, Room 873
(510) 642-8576
Office hours: 1:30–3:00 PM, Mon and 1:00–2:30 PM, Fri


Homework assignments

Homework will be assigned once a week and will be due the following week (except possibly in the weeks when there is a midterm). Collaborations are permitted but you will need to write up your own solutions.

Bug report on the problem sets or the solutions: lekheng(at)

Supplementary materials


Grade composition: 40% Homework, 20% Midterm, 40% Final


The second book is optional. In fact, even the first book could be optional if you want to rely entirely on free stuff on the web.

Free stuff on the web

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