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The orange balls mark our current location in the course, and the current problem set.
h1.ps: Ceci n'est pas un Math 155 syllabus.
h2.ps: Handout #2, containing some basic definitions and facts about finite fields
h3.ps: Handout #3, outlining a proof of the simplicity of the finite groups PSL_2(F) for |F|>4 and PSL_n(F) for n>2 (F a finite field, see Handout #2)
h4.ps: Handout #4, using the existence and uniqueness of the Steiner (3,4,8) system to prove that the linear groups PSL_2(Z/7) and L_3(Z/2), both simple (see Handout #3) and of order 168, are isomorphic
h5.ps: Handout #5, concerning the isomorphism between the linear group L_4(Z/2) and the alternating group A_8, both simple and of order 20160
h6.ps: Handout #6, containing a sketch (to be filled-in in class) of the existence and uniqueness of the Moore graph of degree 7, a.k.a. the Hoffman-Singleton graph. Can you deduce the size of the automorphism group of this graph?
p1.ps: First problem set, exploring the Fano plane (and generalizations) and Petersen graph from the introductory handout.
p2.ps: Second problem set, mostly on square designs and intersection triangles.