Math 330 Abstract Algebra Fall 2013

Welcome to Math 330! This course is an introduction to Abstract Algebra. Abstract Algebra is one of the main pillars of modern mathematics. In this course we will explore the basic objects of algebra such as groups, rings and fields.

Lecturer: Izzet Coskun,

Office hours: M 10-12, W 10-11 in SEO 423

Venue: AH 306, 9:00-9:50

Text book: J. Gallian, Contemporary Abstract Algebra, Sixth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 2006. From now on I will refer to the text book as CAA.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in Math 215. I will assume that you are comfortable with writing rigorous proofs.

Homework: There will be weekly homework. The homework is due on Wednesdays at the beginning of class. Late homework will not be accepted. You are allowed to discuss problems; however, the write-up must be your own and should reflect your own understanding of the problem. Homework is the most important component of this course. It will account for 40% of your grade. Failure to complete more than 2 assignments will result in an automatic F in the class.

Grading: There will be two midterm exams in mid-October and mid-November and a takehome final examination. They will each count for 20% of your grade. The final examination will be due the last day of classes.

Course materials:

  • The syllabus (pdf).
  • Homework 1, due September 4: (pdf). The problems are (here)
  • Homework 2, due September 11:(pdf).
  • Homework 3, due September 18:(pdf).
  • Homework 4, due September 25:(pdf).
  • Homework 5, due October 2:(pdf).
  • Midterm practice: (pdf).
  • Homework 6, due October 9:(pdf).
  • Homework 7, due October 16:(pdf).
  • Homework 8, due October 23:(pdf).
  • Homework 9, due October 30:(pdf).
  • Midterm practice: (pdf).
  • Homework 10, due November 13:(pdf).
  • Homework 11, due November 20:(pdf).
  • Homework 12, due November 27:(pdf).
  • Final Exam, due Wednesday, December 4:(pdf).