Semigroup Theory - MAT00050M

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Victoria Gould
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17

Module aims

A semigroup is a set together with an associative binary operation. Fundamental examples abound: consider the set T_X of all functions from a set X to itself and M_ n(R) with operations composition of functions and matrix multiplication, respectively.

The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the elementary notions of semigroup theory. Abstract ideas will be illustrated by applying them to semigroups such as T_X, M_n(R) and the bicyclic semigroup B . The course will move on to study Green's relations and how these may be used to develop structure theorems for semigroups

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be familiar with:

the basic ideas of the subject, including Green's relations, and to be able to handle the algebra of semigroups in a comfortable way;

the role of structure theorems and to be able to use Rees' theorem for completely 0-simple semigroups;

to have an appreciation of the place of semigroup theory in mathematics.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Semigroup Theory
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Semigroup Theory
2 hours 100

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Indicative reading

J M Howie, Fundamentals of Semigroup Theory, Oxford: Clarendon Press (S 2.86 HOW).
Other texts will be discussed at the start of the course

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