Introduction to Abstract Algebra
M366: fall 2007

Professor: Dr. Rachel Pries
e-mail: pries ATSYMBOL math DOT colostate DOT edu
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office: Weber 118

Lecture: MWF 12:00-12:50, Engineering E202 (room change!). code 64897.
Office hours: Monday 3-4, Wednesday 10-11 in Weber 118.

Course description: The main goal of this course is to understand abstract algebra, especially the topics of groups and rings. Another goal is for everyone to develop skills in solving unfamiliar problems with creative insight and logical reasoning. Abstract algebra is a fundamental subject in mathematics. Its theory was developed in the 1800s when people realized that many different types of problems could be solved in the same way using underlying algebraic structures. It has applications in many fields such as cryptography and chemistry.

Text: J. Gallian, Contemporary Abstract Algebra, sixth edition. Syllabus

Homework: Homework is the most important part of this class. Doing homework problems is crucial for doing well in this class. Some homework problems will help you learn the material and demonstrate this knowledge. Other problems will involve experiments and open-ended investigation. The process of doing homework will help you solve problems on the tests. Homework is due every Friday at the beginning of class. Homework must be neat, legible, and stapled in order to receive credit. I encourage you to brainstorm the problems in groups and write up your solutions independently.
Detailed information on homework and exams

Midterm 1: Sept. 21
Midterm 2: Oct. 19
Midterm 3: Nov. 16
Final: Dec. 13, 3:40-5:40.

There are no makeups for missed exams, regardless of the reason for absence. You must take the final examination at this time scheduled by the university; no final exams will be given earlier. If you have two final examinations scheduled at the same time, it is the responsibility of the other department to provide an alternate exam. Examinations will not be rescheduled because of travel arrangements. It is your responsibility to schedule travel appropriately.

Grading: The course grades will be computed as follows.
25% homework and class worksheets; 15% each midterm; 30% final. Borderline grades will be decided on the basis of class participation.

Help: Help is always available if you have trouble with homework or lecture material. If your classmates can't answer your question, come ask me! Office hours are Mon 3-4 and Wed 10-11 in Weber 118 and Thurs 11-12 in Weber 14.