Introduction to Abstract Algebra
M366, Section 1: spring 2007
Lecture: MWF 10:00-10:50, Engineering E205. code 351180.
Office hours: Mon 11-12 and Wed 2-3 in Weber 221.
Review session: Tues 1-3, Weber 14.
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.
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
The process of doing homework will help you solve problems on the tests.
Homework is due every Wednesday 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
Detailed information on homework and exams
Midterm 1: February 9.
Midterm 2: March 9.
Midterm 3: April 20.
Final: May 9, 11:20-1:20.
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.
The course grades will be computed as follows.
25% homework; 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 in Weber 221 are Mon 11-12, Wed 2-3, or by appointment. Review sessions are Tuesday 1-3, Weber 14. Also: Mon 3-4, office hours in Weber 216 with Prof. Achter.