abstract algebra

noun

Definition of abstract algebra 

: a branch of mathematics in which algebraic concepts are generalized by using symbols to represent basic arithmetical operations Abstract algebra courses introduce students to advanced mathematical concepts such as group theory and lattices.

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Complete high school math, including calculus, in middle school and devote high school to more complex subjects: multivariable calculus, abstract algebra, probability, game theory and other college subjects. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Calculus for eighth-graders? It’s the differential in one school system.," 17 Sep. 2017 At the height of her mathematical powers, doing new work on abstract algebra, Noether died after an operation on an ovarian cyst. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Mathematician Emmy Noether Should Be Your Hero," 23 Mar. 2017

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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