## 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

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

- 50% – Quizzes.
- 20% – Midterm Exam, Monday, March 21, 12:35–1:30 in ES-143.
- 30% – Final Exam, Friday, May 6, 10:30–12:30 in ES-143.

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
(327**Z**) 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 (327**Z**):
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.