A MAT 327: Elementary Abstract Algebra — Spring 2014

 Classroom  BA 213
 Class hours  MWF 12:30—1:25pm
 Professor  Boris Goldfarb
 Office  ES (Earth Science) 120B
 Office hours  MWF 11:30am—12:30pm
 Telephone  518-442-4712
 Email address  bgoldfarb at albany.edu
 WWW page  http://www.albany.edu/~goldfarb/

Text: Abstract Algebra, by I. N. Herstein, 3rd edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1999.

Tests: There will be five in-class tests which I plan to give on Fridays with 2-3 weeks in-between. Each test will be worth 20 points. One lowest test grade will be discarded, so the other four will make up 80% of the final grade. In order to make-up a missed test, you have to do two things: (1) notify me by email that you are unable to take the test at least one hour in advance of the test, (2) document your emergency with a note from a doctor or another official.

Homework: Homework assigned during the week will be collected the following Monday, in class. The grades will be mostly given for completion, occasionally for doing specific problems in the homework. Each homework will be worth 2 points, making up 20% of the final grade. Homework problems will be posted and updated on the


A major portion of each class will be dedicated to solutions/questions/answers and further discussion of homework.

Grades: To summarize, the course letter grade will be based on a curve obtained from test scores and the homework scores according to the following scheme:

    tests:         80% (each of best-done five tests worth 20%)
    homework:         20%

The following information is added to satisfy the Minimum Contents of a Class Syllabus requirements. The prerequisite for this course is A MAT 220 and A MAT 326. The course is A-E graded. Attendance is critical to success in the class.