MAS4303 --- Introduction to Abstract Algebra II --- Spring 2007
- Text: ``Abstract Algebra -- An Introduction'', T. W. Hungerford
- Instructor: Dr. Mark van Hoeij, Love building 211, tel. no. 644-3879, email:
- Time and place: TR: 9:30-10:45am, LOV 200.
- Office hours: MTWR: 10:50-11:40.
- Course description and objectives: This is the natural
continuation of MAS4302. The focus of the course will be the further
study of groups, rings, and fields, culminating in the celebrated
`Galois theory'. This material is covered in Chapters 8 through 11
of the textbook. Time permitting we will also cover the basics
of related subjects, such as category theory or algebraic geometry.
Objectives of the course are solid knowledge of the material, and
familiarity with the way abstract mathematics is communicated.
- Prerequisite: MAS4302 with a grade of C- or better.
- Grading/Exams: We will have two midterms and a final exam.
The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday April 24, 10:00 - 12:00 noon.
for the schedule of all finals).
Both 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
20% 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. This
will count for 10% 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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