Math 330/MthT 435

Abstract Algebra

Fall 2002

MWF 1:00 LC E2

Instructor David Marker


J. Gallian, Contemporary Abstract Algebra, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston 2002.


Grade of C or better in Math 215 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics and a grade of C or better in Math 320 Linear Algebra I. I will assumethat you are comfortable and competent writing proofs. In particular I expect you to already be familiar with the material in Chapter 0 of the text.


This is a first course in Abstract Algebra. We will study the basic properties of groups, rings and fields. We will hopefully cover most of Chapters 2--23 of the text.

Here is a list of exactly the material that will be covered.


There will be one midterm and a final exam. The midterm willcount for 30% of the final grade. The final will count for 50% of thefinal grade. Homework will count for 20% of the final grade.
The midterm exam is scheduled for Friday October 18. The midterm will cover Chapters 1-10 of the text.
The final exam will be on Friday December 13 1:00-3:00.


The author's website
has useful software for doing instrutive computations.


Practice Problems

I will assign practice problems for all sections. While practice problems will not be collected or graded they will usually have answers or hints in the back of thebook for you to check. Doing problems is the way to learn mathematics.So while the practice problems will not effect your grade, you should not consider them "optional".


Homework assignments will be collected and graded.Almost all homework assignments will be writing proofs.The homework will count for 20% of your final grade.I will drop one homework grade. Late homework will be accepted up untilthe begining of the next class period, but will be penalized.

You may discuss homework problems with other students, but you must writeup your solution independently. All proofs should be written neatly with complete gramatical sentences. Last revised: 12/9/02