MA20216: Algebra 2A


This is the home page of MA20216: Algebra 2A taught by Fran Burstall.

End game

I gave the last lecture of the course on Tuesday 5th December. Here is what is left and what is cancelled:


I shall give revision lectures on Tuesday 12th December and Tuesday 9th January (revision week). All other lectures are cancelled.

Problem classes

I shall record problem classes on Friday 8th December and Friday 15th December. Join me if you like.

Exercise sheets

I shall issue the last exercise sheet on Friday 8th. There will be no homework to hand in from that sheet.


The last tutorials will be in week 11 (next week at time of writing).


I will lecture three times a week as follows:

Lectures start in week 1 and tutorials in week 2 (check your timetable for the time and place of your tutorial.)

Additionally, I shall record a problem class in the shape of me working through the exercise sheets at 14:15 every Friday afternoon, starting in week 2. Join me on zoom if you like and mail me if there is something you particularly want me to cover.

Go to the Moodle page for the zoom link.

Office hours

Any hour that I am not busy with lectures or problems classes is an office hour. Just drop me an email or swing by my office (4W3.39).

The story so far

I keep a diary of what I covered in lectures. There is also an official syllabus and a reading list.

Exercise sheets

Exercise sheets will be issued weekly on Fridays and homework should handed in at the 4W pigeon holes by noon a week later after which solutions will be available here.

Lecture notes

Here are typeset notes for the course.

WARNING: these are not a substitute for taking your own careful notes during lectures. In particular, these notes are a work in progress and will certainly contain many mistakes (if you find any, report them to me!).


Look here for recordings of lectures and problem classes.


There are two forums on moodle associated to this unit where you can ask me questions (equally, you can just send me an email):

You can unsubscribe to either forum if they do not interest you.


This unit is assessed 100% by exam. Generic exam feedback will be available early in the spring. Individual exam feedback will be offered after the marks come out.

Past papers

The Algebra 2A syllabus changed last year:

What this means for past papers:

Further, the 2021 and 2022 exams were open book while this year's exam will be a closed book in-person exam. However, inspection of the past papers will reveal little difference in the actual exams and so all past papers are suitable for revision.


I welcome feedback in the form of constructive comments or criticism.

Problems with this site?

If you encounter any problems while using this site, send me mail describing as completely as you can what has gone wrong.

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Last modified: Fri Dec 15 09:12:00 GMT 2023