Fall 2017 Math 4124 CRN 85515 Course Contract

Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Mark Shimozono
Office: 532 McBryde 
Email : mshimo at vt dot edu
Office Hours: 10:10-11:00 MWF
or by appointment

Class Meeting Time: MWF 9:05-9:55 MCB 209. 

Prerequisites: Math 3124.

Text: Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra, 3rd ed.

Grades: At the end of the semester a curve will be applied to the final point totals, which are computed based on percentages given below.

Homework: The homework is worth 20 percent. Every week or two there will be a written homework assignment to be turned in for a grade. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class unless other arrangements are made with me beforehand. No late homework will be accepted.

Tests: There will be two midterm exams each worth 25 percent of the total grade, plus a final exam, worth 30 percent. The dates of the midterms will be announced at least a week in advance.

Final Exam: Monday December 18, 10:05-12:05PM in the usual classroom, MCB 209.

Makeup work is available only in cases of documented serious illness and possibly for other unforeseeable catastrophic events that are beyond the student's control. If such an event occurs, notify me as soon as possible.

Tests must be solely the student's own work; other persons, books, electronic devices (including cell phones, computers, calculators etc.) or notes of any kind, etc., may not be consulted. On homework the student may consult the textbook and his/her notes, and may discuss homework problems with each other, but each student must write up his/her own assignment separately. Copying a solution from any source (including someone else's homework assignment or from a website, etc.) is strictly prohibited. The assignment the student hands in must be the product of the student's own understanding of the material.

Honor Code: The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge (that each member of the university community agrees to abide by) states:

As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.

Students involved in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible
for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignments for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University
community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code. For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit www.honorsystem.vt.edu.

Honor Code Pledge for Assignments: The Virginia Tech honor code pledge for assignments is as follows: “I have neither given nor
received unauthorized assistance on this assignment.” The pledge is to be written out on all graded assignments at the university and signed by the
student. The honor pledge represents both an expression of the student’s support of the honor code and an unambiguous acknowledgment that the student has, on the assignment in
question, abided by the obligation that the Honor Code entails. In the absence of a written honor pledge, the Honor Code still applies to an assignment.

All assignments submitted shall be considered "graded work” and all aspects of your coursework are covered by the Honor Code. All projects and homework assignments are
to be completed individually unless otherwise specified.