MAS4303 --- Introduction to Abstract Algebra II --- Spring 2007

• Text: ``Abstract Algebra -- An Introduction'', T. W. Hungerford (2nd edition).
• Instructor: Dr. Mark van Hoeij, Love building 211, tel. no. 644-3879, email: hoeij@math.fsu.edu
• 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. (click here 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. This and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.