Groups Rings and Vector Spaces III (a.k.a. Abstract Algebra I), MAS 5311, Fall 2016.

Location: 104 LOV

Time: MWF 1:25-2:15

Instructor: Dr. Mark van Hoeij

Text: Abstract Algebra, by David Dummit and Richard Foote.

Grading: There will be three tests during the semester, and one final test. Each of these four tests will account for 25% of the final grade. Homework and quizzes will be collected and can be used to increase your lowest test score: if the homework/quiz grade is higher than your lowest test score, this test score will be replaced by the average of the two. This way the homework can account for half of one test, i.e. 12.5% of the final grade.

Exam policy: There will be no makeup tests or quizzes. A missed test can only be excused before the day of the test but only for a valid reason. When a missed test is excused, the grade of the test will be the same as the grade on your final. A missed test will not be excused on or after the day of the test, and a non-excused missed test means no points.

Course objectives: This semester will cover part of chapters 13 - 16 of the textbook. Students should be able to understand the material abstractly, as well as be able to apply it in concrete situations.

honor code: A copy of the University Academic Honor Code can be found in the current Student Handbook. You are bound by this in all of your academic work. It is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility 1) to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, 2) to refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and 3) to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community. You have successfully completed many mathematics courses and know that on a "test" you may not give or receive any help from a person or written material except as specifically designed acceptable. Out of class you are encouraged to work together on assignments but plagiarizing of the work of others or study manuals is academically dishonest.

ADA: Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should: 1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC); 2) bring a letter to the instructor from SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class. This and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.