http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/653fa12/

Topics of Study: This is a first semester course in abstract algebra, which will introduce students to the fundamental objects of groups, rings, fields, modules, and vector spaces. We will cover most of Chapters IIII and parts of Chapter IV from Hungerford, going through the following topics as time permits: 

Instructor:  Matthew Papanikolas 


Office Hours:  Wed. 3:004:00, Thurs. 2:003:00; also by appointment 




Office:  321 Milner 

Email:  map@math.tamu.edu 




Textbook:  Algebra, by Thomas W. Hungerford, Springer, 1974, ISBN 0387905189 




Prerequisites:  Math 415416 (groups, rings, fields, and vector spaces); or equivalents 




Course Webpage:  http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/653fa12/ 

Reading:  Reading the sections in the book we are covering will be crucial throughout the semester. There will not be enough time to cover all important topics in class, and some topics will only be covered in the reading or exercises. 





Homework:  There will be regular homework assignments, and each assignment will include written problems to be turned in for a grade. Homework assignments can be found at the link http://www.math.tamu.edu/~map/courses/653fa12/hw.html. Late homework will not be accepted, except as provided by University rules on missed work. 




Group Work:  It is perfectly fine for students to work together on finding solutions for out of class assignments. However, each student must write up the solutions of problems to be turned in on his or her own. Consulting web sites or other problem solution sources (other than the textbook) is not allowed. 




Exams: 
Midterm Exam in class on Thursday, October 18. Final Exam in our usual classroom on Wednesday, December 12, 8:0010:00 AM. 




Grades:  The components contributing to your grade in the course are weighted as follows: Homework (1/3), Midterm Exam (1/3), Final Exam (1/3). 