C2.2 Homological Algebra (2019-2020)

Prof. Andre Henriques
General Prerequisites: 

A3 Rings and Modules is essential: good understanding of modules over fields (aka vector spaces), polynomial rings, the ring of integers, and the ring of integers modulo n; good familiarity with module homomorphisms, submodules, and quotient modules.

Course Term: 
Course Lecture Information: 

16 lectures.

Course Weight: 
1.00 unit(s)
Course Level: 

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

Homological algebra is one of the most important tools in mathematics with application ranging from number theory and geometry to quantum physics. This course will introduce the basic concepts and tools of homological algebra with examples in module theory and group theory.

Learning Outcomes: 

Students will learn about abelian categories and derived functors and will be able to apply these notions in different contexts. They will learn to compute Tor, Ext, and group cohomology and homology.

Course Synopsis: 

Chain complexes: complexes of R-modules, operations on chain complexes, long exact sequences, chain homotopies, mapping cones and cylinders (4 hours)

Derived functors: delta functors, projective and injective resolutions, left and right derived functors (5 hours)

Tor and Ext: Tor and flatness, Ext and extensions, universal coefficients theorems, Koszul resolutions (4 hours)

Group homology and cohomology: definition, interpretation of $H^1$ and $H^2$, universal central extensions, the Bar resolution (3 hours).

Reading List: 
  1. Weibel, Charles An introduction to Homological algebra (see Google Books)

Please note that e-book versions of many books in the reading lists can be found on SOLO and ORLO.