Representation Theory

Subject MAST90017 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising 2 one-hour lectures per week and 1 one-hour practice class per week.
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours and 7 hours private study per week.
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: It is recommended that students have completed a third year subject in algebra (equivalent to 620-321 [2008] Algebra).
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Arun Ram


Subject Overview: Symmetries arise in mathematics as groups. Representation Theory is the study of groups via their action on vector spaces. It has important applications in many fields: physics, chemistry, economics, biology and others. This subject provides students with the opportunity to study modules, SL2, cyclic and dihedral groups, diagram algebras: Temperley-Lieb, symmetric group and Hecke algebras, Brauer and BMW algebras, compact Lie groups, loop groups, affine Lie algebras and Dynkin diagrams, characters and character formulas, Induction, restriction and tensor products, connections to statistical mechanics, mathematical physics and geometry.
Objectives: After completing this subject students should be able to:
- understand the concepts of irreducible representations, indecomposable representations, group algebras, semisimplicity;
- understand the concepts of characters, composition series, induction and restriction;
- understand how to label representations of small groups and diagram algebras;
- describe dimensions and characters of representations of symmetric groups, dihedral groups, and cyclic groups;
- describe dimensions and characters of semisimple Lie algebras;
- give examples of nonsemisimple algebras and representations.
- have the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.
Assessment: Up to 50 pages of written assignments (50%: two assignments worth 25% each, due mid and late in semester), a 3 hour written examination (50%, in the examination period).
Prescribed Texts: TBA
Recommended Texts: TBA
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: Upon completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- Problem-solving skills including the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies
- Analytical skills through the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis
- Through interactions with other students, the ability to work in a team
- Time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments
Related Course(s): Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

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