Hopf algebras are known to have a copious ammounts of structure which makes them useful in studying representations while, on the other hand, groups come equipt with little structure. In the following we will “realize” Hopf algebras as groups and comment on why we call quasitriangular Hopf algebras quantum groups. Hopefully, this will help demistify the confusion that comes along when studying Hopf algebras. For those of you who don’t know Hopf algebras, don’t worry! We will review them as well.

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## The Arithmetic of Polynomial Rings over Finite Fields

We’re going to discuss the arithmetic of polynomial rings over finite fields and its similarity to the arithmetic of the integers. We’ll first run though some preliminary observations about the arithmetic of polynomial rings which will suggest that it behaves similar to the arithmetic of the integers.

Continue reading## An Introduction to Topological Groups

We’re going to talk about an interesting merger of abstract algebra and topology, namely topological groups.

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