3124/13875 Modern Algebra Spring 2008

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Syllabus

Instructor: Henning S. Mortveit Email: henning@vt.edu
Office I: 1111 RBXV, Corporate Research Center Phone I: (231-5327)
Office II: 419 McBryde Hall Phone II: -
Class hours: MWF 1:25-2:15PM Room: 134 McBryde Hall
Prerequisite: Math 3034
Office hours: MW 2:15-3:15PM in Office II and by appointment in Office I

Text/Syllabus: John Durbin, Modern Algebra, 5th edition, John Wiley and Sons. We will cover selected material from chapters 1-6.

Course goals: Learn basic aspects of mathematical structures such as groups, rings and fields. Increase fluency in the reading and writing of mathematical proofs and arguments.

Exams: There will be two in-class exams tentatively scheduled for Wednesday February 27 and Friday April 11. The two-hour final exam (Section 13M) is on May 2 from 1:05PM to 3:05PM. The final exam will take place in McBryde 134 unless stated otherwise. If you cannot take an exam at the scheduled time, please let me know as soon as possible and before the exam. A make-up exam will be given for reasons that in my judgment are acceptable.

Homework: The course has 12 assignments. Generally assignments will be announced on Fridays, and will be due in class the following Wednesday. The exact schedule can be found here. It is subject to change - changes will also be announced in class. Late homework will only be accepted if handed in the first class following the due date, but only for half the credit. Very important: The assignments are an integral part of this course. The 12 assignments should be considered a minimal effort, and working through additional problems is strongly encouraged.

Attendance: Will be taken, and will be kept for Mathematics Department records. Attendance may be used to adjust the final grade.

Grading: Is on a curve. However, 90% will be at least an A-, 80% will be at least a B-,70% will be at least a C-, and 60% will be at least a D-. Each assignment is worth 10 points, each in-class exam 40 points, and the final exam 50 points.

Honor system: The University Honor System is in effect for assignments and exams (see http://www.honorsystem.vt.edu). Discussion of class topics among students is encouraged, but the solutions to assignments that you hand in must be your own. All exams are closed-book, closed-notes.

Students with special needs: Students with disabilities, special needs or special circumstances should meet with the instructor during the first week of classes to discuss accommodations.

General Notes: Falling behind in this course is dangerous, so turn in assignments on time, come to class prepared and take advantage of the office hours. (Also: read Professor Bud Brown's hints for success - available at http://www.math.vt.edu/people/brown/hints.html.)

Supplementary literature: Some other book on algebra are listed below.

Exams

Solution notes and comments will be posted here.

In-class exam 1: Wednesday, February 27

A PDF copy of the exam with answers can be found here. (Password on syllabus.)

In-class exam 2: Friday, April 11

A PDF copy of the exam with answers can be found here. (Password on syllabus.)

Final exam: Friday, May 2

Assignments

Assignments, solution notes and comments will be posted here.

Assignment 1: (Due Wednesday, January 23)

Assignment 2: (Due Wednesday, January 30)

Assignment 3: (Due Wednesday, February 6)

The 10 problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit. The following is a bonus problem worth one additional point of extra credit.

Assignment 4: (Due Wednesday, February 13)

The 5 problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit. The following is a bonus problem worth one additional point of extra credit.

Assignment 5: (Due Wednesday, February 20)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit. The following are two bonus problems worth one additional point of extra credit each.

Assignment 6: (Due Wednesday, March 12)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit. The following are two bonus problems worth one additional point of extra credit each.

Assignment 7: (Due Wednesday, March 19)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit (1 point each). The following are two bonus problems worth one additional point of extra credit each.

Assignment 8: (Due Wednesday, March 26)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit (1 point each). The following are two bonus problems worth one additional point of extra credit each.

Assignment 9: (Due Wednesday, April 2)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit (2 points each). The following are two bonus problems worth one additional point of extra credit each.

Assignment 10: (Due Friday, April 18)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit (2 points each). The following are two bonus problems worth one additional point of extra credit each.

Assignment 11: (Due Wednesday, April 23)

The problems above will count for the usual 10 points of credit (1 point each).

Assignment 12: (Due Monday, April 28)

This assignment has problems from Sections 21, 22 and 23. Each problem is worth 3 points. Note that 22.10 also offers an additional bonus point.

Course Schedule

The schedule is subject to change. The current version can be found as a PDF file here.


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