MAS4302 --- Introduction to Abstract Algebra I --- Fall 2005
- Time and place:Love Building room 104, MWF: 10:10 - 11:00 am.
- Text: ``Abstract Algebra -- An Introduction'', T. W. Hungerford
- Instructor: Dr. Mark van Hoeij, Love building 211, tel. no. 644-3879, email:
- Office hours: MWF: 11:00-11:45, and by appointment.
- Course description and objectives: A first approach to the
subject of algebra, which is one of the basic pillars of modern
mathematics. The focus of the course will be the study of certain
structures called `rings', a modern generalization of structures such
as the set of ordinary integers. We'll go through chapters 1 through 6
of the textbook.
Objectives of the course are solid knowledge of the material, and
familiarity with the way abstract mathematics is communicated.
- Prerequisites: MAS3105 (Applied Linear Algebra I) and
MGF3301 (Introduction to Advanced Mathematics, recommended)
with a grade of C- or better.
- Grading/Exams: We will have two midterms and a final exam.
The midterms are scheduled for October 10 and November
14; the final exam is on Thursday December 15 7:30 - 9:30 am
for the schedule of all finals).
Both midterm tests will count for 20% of your grade; the final will count for 30%.
I will also assign homework daily, and you will be expected to turn in
three problems per week. These assignments will collectively count for
15% of your grade.
Finally, we will have one weekly quiz, where I will ask you to write
down the precise definition of a term, or a very simple proof covered
in class in that week. This will count for 15% of your grade---its
main purpose, however, is to make sure that you `stay with the class'
at all times. In my experience, students who manage to keep up with a
class do much better in the end.
The grade is determined as
A = 92-100, A- = 90-91.9, B+ = 88-89.9, B = 82-87.9, B- = 80-81.9,
C+ = 78-79.9, C = 72-77.9, C- = 70-71.9, D+ = 68-69.9, D = 60-67.9,
F = below 60.
- 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 statement: 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.
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