University at Albany, SUNYAMAT 327(Z): Elementary Abstract Algebra, Spring 2011

Instructor

Prof. Marco Varisco, mvarisco@albany.edu [how to email a professor], www.albany.edu/~mv312143/
Office: ES-120C, Office Hours: MWF 11:30–12:30 or by appointment.

Schedule

MWF 12:35–1:30 in ES-143.

You are expected to attend all class meetings. The maximum number of absences permitted to receive credit for this course is 5 (five). Excessive tardiness may count as absence.

Prerequisite

Textbook cover

AMAT 220 and AMAT 326. [University Bulletin]

Description

“Basic concepts of groups, rings, integral domains, fields.” [University Bulletin]

Textbook

Abstract Algebra, I.N. Herstein. Third Edition, Wiley, 1996.

Grading & Examinations

There will be at least one quiz per week, given at the beginning of class and possibly unannounced, mostly consisting of questions from the homework and statements of definitions/theorems. The two lowest scores will be dropped, and no make-up quizzes will ever be given.

When calculating your course grade there is one more rule: if your quiz score is an E then your course grade is an E; in this case I will ignore your midterm and final exam scores.

Students enrolled in the Writing Intensive version of this course (327Z) are additionally required to submit complete, correct solutions to a list of selected homework problems that will be given in class and posted below.

Of course, you are expected to follow the University’s Standards of Academic Integrity.


Date Homework problems Quiz
F 1/21 1.5.1–2.
M 1/24 1.5.4, 1.5.6–8, 1.5.13; 1.6.1, 1.6.6, 1.6.8. quiz #1
F 1/28 1.2.1–12. quiz #2
M 1/31 1.3.1–2.
F 2/04 1.3.6–11. quiz #3
W 2/09 quiz #4
M 2/14 2.1.1. quiz #5 and quiz #6
W 2/16 quiz #7
F 2/18 2.1.8–9, 2.1.14–15, 2.1.17, 2.1.19. quiz #8
F 3/04 quiz #9
M 3/07 Examples 2.1.6–8 (on pages 43–44) and problems 2.1.6, 2.1.10, 2.1.23.
M 3/14 2.3.1–4. quiz #10
W 3/16 2.3.12–13.
M 3/21 Retake the Midterm Exam and hand it in on Friday, 3/25.
F 3/25 2.4.13–14.
M 3/28 quiz #11
M 4/04 quiz #12
F 4/08 2.5.9, 2.5.12, and 2.6.7–8.
M 4/11 2.5.14 quiz #13
F 4/15 2.5.15–16, and 2.7.6. quiz #14
F 4/29 quiz #15

Problems for Writing Itensive requirement (327Z): 1.5.4, 2.1.8–9, 2.1.14–15, 2.1.17, 2.1.19, 2.3.4, 2.3.13, 2.5.12, proof of the First Isomorphism Theorem.


This syllabus is subject to change. All official announcements and assignments are given in class, and this web page may not be up to date.
Marco Varisco — April 29, 2011.