Students are assigned readings in these lecture notes each week. The present lecture notes arose from a representation theory course given by Prof. Etingof in March 2004 within the framework of the Clay Mathematics Institute Research Academy for high school students. The students in that course — Oleg Golberg, Sebastian Hensel, Tiankai Liu, Alex Schwendner, Elena Yudovina, and Dmitry Vaintrob — co-authored the lecture notes which are published here with their permission.

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1.1 What is representation theory?

1.2 Algebras

1.3 Representations

1.4 Ideals

1.5 Quotients

1.6 Algebras defined by generators and relations

1.7 Examples of algebras

1.8 Quivers

1.9 Lie algebras

1.10 Tensor products

1.11 The tensor algebra

1.12 Hilbert's third problem

1.13 Tensor products and duals of representations of Lie algebras

1.14 Representations of sl(2)

1.15 Problems on Lie algebras

2.1 Subrepresentations in semisimple representations

2.2 The density theorem

2.3 Representations of direct sums of matrix algebras

2.4 Filtrations

2.5 Finite dimensional algebras

2.6 Characters of representations

2.7 The Jordan-Hölder theorem

2.8 The Krull-Schmidt theorem

2.9 Problems

2.10 Representations of tensor products

3.1 Maschke's Theorem

3.2 Characters

3.3 Examples

3.4 Duals and tensor products of representations

3.5 Orthogonality of characters

3.6 Unitary representations. Another proof of Maschke's theorem for complex representations

3.7 Orthogonality of matrix elements

3.8 Character tables, examples

3.9 Computing tensor product multiplicities using character tables

3.10 Problems

4.1 Frobenius-Schur indicator

4.2 Frobenius determinant

4.3 Algebraic numbers and algebraic integers

4.4 Frobenius divisibility

4.5 Burnside's theorem

4.6 Representations of products

4.7 Virtual representations

4.8 Induced representations

4.9 The Mackey formula

4.10 Frobenius reciprocity

4.11 Examples

4.12 Representations of *S*_{n}

4.13 Proof of theorem 4.36

4.14 Induced representations for *S*_{n}

4.15 The Frobenius character formula

4.16 Problems

4.17 The hook length formula

4.18 Schur-Weyl duality

4.19 Schur-Weyl duality for *GL*(V)

4.20 Schur polynomials

4.21 The characters of L_{λ}

4.22 Polynomial representations of *GL*(V)

4.23 Problems

4.24 Representations of *GL*_{2}(F_{q})

4.24.1 Conjugacy classes in *GL*_{2}(F_{q})

4.24.2 1-dimensional representations

4.24.3 Principal series representations

4.24.4 Complementary series representations

4.25 Artin's theorem

4.26 Representations of semidirect products

5.1 Problems

5.2 Indecomposable representations of the quivers A1,A2,A3

5.3 Indecomposable representations of the quiver D_{4}

5.4 Roots

5.5 Gabriel's theorem

5.6 Reflection functors

5.7 Coxeter elements

5.8 Proof of Gabriel's theorem

5.9 Problems

6.1 The definition of a category

6.2 Functors

6.3 Morphisms of functors

6.4 Equivalence of categories

6.5 Representable functors

6.6 Adjoint functors

6.7 Abelian categories

6.8 Exact functors

7.1 Projective modules

7.2 Lifting of idempotents

7.3 Projective covers