Fall Semester 2010
Time and Place (Lectures): 10:00-10:50 MWF, CB 335.
2:00-2:50 MWF in POT 701 or by appointment.
Textbook: A First Course in Abstract Algebra (7th edition), by John B. Fraleigh, ISBN 0-201-76390-7.
Material and Exams:
Algebra is the study of algebraic systems, that is, sets of elements endowed
with certain operations. A familiar example is the set of integers with
the operations of addition and multiplication. Algebra is used in almost
every branch of mathematics; indeed, it has simplified the study
of mathematics by indicating connections between seemingly unrelated topics.
In addition the success of the methods of algebra in unraveling the structure of
complicated systems has led to its use in many fields outside of mathematics.
One aim of this course is to help students learn to write clear and concise
proofs, read the mathematical literature, and communicate mathematical
ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
Homework: Homework will be collected on a regular basis. To receive credit (25% of the final grade), homework solutions must be written out neatly and handed in at the beginning of the class on the due date. Homework problems must be worked out without collaboration or copying of solutions.
Attendance Policy: Your presence is required at every lecture. Excused absences must be fully documented. No make ups will be given for a test (exam or quiz) missed as a result of an unexcused absence. Late homework will not be accepted unless the delay is due to an excused absence.