Room: 378 SEB Lecture NotesTime: MW 3:305:20 Final Exam: to be announced Description: We will be focusing on channel coding theory. In the first part of the course, a brief introduction will be given to information and coding theory in order to see what is the best one should expect from a good code. Then we will continue with the introduction to the basic algebra concepts needed in coding theory. The approach that I will follow will be more on the computational aspects of groups, finite fields, polynomials, etc other than the rigorous mathematical approach. We will use software to do many computational problems (see below). These concepts will be utilized for the construction of polynomial and cyclic codes. BCH codes and ReedSolomon (RS) codes will be covered in detail. Textbook:
Software: The following is software that it will be used in the course: GAP, Magma, SAGE Gap can be downloaded for free from the internet (follow the link above). Magma will be installed in all the computers in the mathematics lab in the 5th floor. You all must get a password for the lab in the first week of class. It is important that you get used to using both Gap and Magma because we will use them extensively during the course. Organization of the course: There will be homework (20%), a midterm (40%), and a final project (40%). * Homework will given weekly and will be graded. * The final project will be a paper about something related to the course. Midterm: March 1, 2010 
MTH 673: Coding Theory
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