Topics in Finite Fields

642:587, Fall 2019

Course Info

Instructor: Swastik Kopparty (
Class Time and Place: Mondays and Thursdays 10:20 am - 11:40 pm, in Hill 425
Office Hours: Thursdays 3pm-4pm in Hill 432
Prerequisites: undergraduate level abstract algebra, combinatorics, probability, graduate level mathematical maturity
References: Lidl & Niederrieter (Finite Fields), Schmidt (Equations over Finite Fields), Tao & Vu (Additive Combinatorics)


This course will cover some important classical and modern themes in the study of finite fields. These will include:

There will be 3-4 problem sets.



Lecture Schedule