http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/415fa04/

This is a first course in abstract algebra. The main topics the course will cover are the introductory theories and applications of groups, rings, and fields. There will be an emphasis placed on rigorous proofs throughout the semester, including during class and on homework and exams. 

Instructor:  Dr. Matthew Papanikolas 


Office Hours:  Mon. 23, Wed. 23, Thurs. 10:3011:30; also by appointment. 




Office:  321 Milner 

Office Phone:  8451615 

Email:  map@math.tamu.edu 




Textbook:  The required textbook is A First Course in Abstract Algebra, 7th ed., by John B. Fraleigh, AddisonWesley, 2003, ISBN 0201763907. 




Course Syllabus:  The course covers most of chapters IV and parts of chapter VI. Additional topics will be covered as time permits. 




Calculators:  Calculators are not generally needed for this course and will not be permitted on exams. 




Prerequisite:  Math 222 (linear algebra with proofs). 




Course Webpage:  http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/415fa04/ 

There will be 3 inclass exams during the semester, as well as a cumulative final exam. The dates and times are listed below. 

Exam 1 
Exam 2 
Exam 3 
Final Exam 

Date/Time 
Sept. 27 (Mon) 
Oct. 20 (Wed) 
Nov. 17 (Wed) 
Dec. 13 (Mon) 
Location 
CE 136 
CE 136 
CE 136 
CE 136 

Your final grade will be determined by the total number of points obtained on exams and homework. Out of 500 total points, each component contributes to your grade as follows: 
Component 
Points 

Homework 
75 
Exam 1 
100 
Exam 2 
100 
Exam 3 
100 
Final Exam 
125 

The following grade distribution will be used in determining final course grades: 
Grade 
Percentage of Total Points 

A 
90.0%100.0% 
B 
80.0%89.9% 
C 
70.0%79.9% 
D 
60.0%69.9% 
F 
0.0%59.9% 

Homework will be collected once per week for a grade. Homework assignments will be posted on this web page, so check back frequently! 



Missed Work:  Making up missed work (including missed exams, quizzes, and homework) will be arranged according to Univesrity policies only. A university approved excuse must be provided to the instructor in writing (email is sufficient) within 1 working day for exams and within 2 working days for other work. 




Academic Dishonesty: 
It is not permissible to hand in the work of others for a grade, including work on exams, quizzes, and homework. You are allowed to discuss homework with others, but your writeups are expected to be done on your own and in your own words. Copying the work of others will be prosecuted to the full extent possible under University policies. Cheating during an exam will be sanctioned by assigning 0 points on the exam. Further action will be taken in agreement with Texas A&M University Student Rules on Academic Honesty and the Aggie Honor System Code. 




Disability Assistance:  Assistance is available from the office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Koldus 126, 8451637, ssdinfo@tamu.edu, http://studentlife.tamu.edu/ssd/. If you believe you have a disability requiring accomodation, you should contact this office several weeks in advance of an exam or assignment. 